As a business founded with the belief that a healthier planet offers benefits to human health, Johnson & Johnson has been setting environmental goals for nearly 30 years, and broader Citizenship & Sustainability goals since 2010. These include specific ambitions to tackle impacts outside their direct control. And with more than 78,000 suppliers around the world, Johnson & Johnson recognizes that the business can drive enormous positive impact through their supply chain sustainability initiatives.
A key practice highlighted in Johnson & Johnson’s five-year Citizenship & Sustainability 2020 goals is collaboration with suppliers to accelerate environmental and social improvements across the value chain – accomplished through their Sustainable Procurement Program. The Program has evolved over time, building on progress and insights gained as the Company worked towards their prior Healthy Future 2015 goals. Johnson & Johnson has raised their expectations as they look towards 2020, with an aspiration for world-class supplier sustainability efforts.
To achieve that goal, they are expanding the reach of the Sustainable Procurement Program to include suppliers covering 80% of their total spend. The program maintains a flexible approach, focusing on issues that are relevant and important to both Johnson & Johnson and their individual suppliers.
Working with each supplier on initiatives that can drive the greatest value and impact in that supplier’s industry has led to collaborative problem-solving across the full product lifecycle. Importantly, the elements of the Sustainable Procurement Program are embedded in the supplier management process, from supplier selection through score-carding and awards and recognition. In fact, this year Johnson & Johnson incorporated CDP disclosure scores into its Supplier Sustainability Awards, recognizing two suppliers in the category of CDP Improvement.