As part of its Healthy Future 2015 sustainability efforts, Johnson & Johnson aims to increase the sustainable design of all its products and measure its efforts by evaluating all of its new products and packaging for sustainability improvements. The effort also calls for 60 products and packaging to achieve J&J’s Earthwards™ designation, which the company gives to products that demonstrate significant improvements in their environmental footprint.
Healthy Future 2015 consists of seven strategic priorities, supported by 15 goals and corresponding targets to measure and drive performance. The plan expands beyond environmental stewardship to include a focus on corporate transparency, global health issues, collaboration, and measuring outcomes associated with the work of its philanthropic partners.
The plan extends the company’s commitment to help address global health needs with goals ranging from targeting affordable access to HIV and TB therapies for populations in some of the least-developed countries of the world, to donating medicines for treating intestinal worms in more than 30 countries where prevalence is high.
The company’s environmental stewardship includes absolute reduction targets of carbon dioxide emissions, water usage, and waste disposal.
To provide ongoing transparency on Healthy Future 2015 and other initiatives, Johnson & Johnson has launched a new Responsibility Web site that covers more than 100 aspects of the company’s citizenship and sustainability commitments and priorities; policies and practices; achievements and challenges; and goals and related performance.
In its report on paper packaging goals from the previous five years, J&J noted the following:
“Goal: Eliminate PVC in primary, secondary, and tertiary packaging in the Consumer sector.* Eliminate PVC in secondary and tertiary packaging in Medical Devices and Diagnostics (MD&D) and Pharmaceutical sectors.
“Actual: Since 2005, we have achieved significant PVC packaging reductions:
• MD&D: 100% reduction in secondary and tertiary PVC packaging
• Pharmaceuticals: 78% reduction in secondary and tertiary PVC packaging
• Consumer products: 87% reduction in primary, secondary, and tertiary PVC packaging during the goal period; 99.6% of all consumer packaging is now PVC-free.*
*Does not include the Consumer sector’s over-the-counter drug products in blister packages.