U.S. Headquarters: New Brunswick, N.J.
Global Employees: 128,000
U.S. Employees: 35,468
Last Year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking: No. 11
Why It’s on the List
With the support of new Chief Executive Officer Alex Gorsky, Johnson & Johnson continues to be a diversity leader. Gorsky’s commitment to the subject is clear—he was the executive sponsor of the women’s and veterans resource groups and has been actively involved in nonprofits that support both women’s and veterans’ issues. He also chairs the executive diversity council.
Gorsky personally signs off on compensation linked to diversity goals, has a personal quote about diversity on the corporate website, personally reviews diversity metrics and progress, signs off on supplier-diversity goals, and regularly uses the corporate intranet to communicate his commitment to an inclusive workplace. In addition, the Chief Diversity Officer is a direct report to Gorsky.
Johnson & Johnson also has a diverse board of directors: The 13-member board has three women, three Black members and one Latino member.
The company has a variety of mentoring programs, including group mentoring and virtual mentoring. More than 60 percent of its managers participate in mentoring programs, and mentors receive cultural-awareness training. Senior executives (top three levels) are included as mentors.
Johnson & Johnson has 12 resource groups, including groups based on age and veteran status. Groups are available to employees across the organization, including hourly workers. Senior executives serve as executive sponsors.
The company’s supplier-diversity initiative has been improving and has a deep community connection. Both subcontractors and their subcontractors are required to show diversity in their suppliers. Suppliers owned by veterans with disabilities and LGBT people are included. Supplier-diversity numbers are audited, and all suppliers are certified by third-party organizations. Training, mentoring, education and scholarships, as well as financial assistance, are available to these suppliers as well.
Other DiversityInc Lists
- No. 7 The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Executive Women
Chairman & CEO
“As a global healthcare company that touches the lives of over a billion people every day, diversity and inclusion are central to our ability to provide products and services that help us deliver on our mission of caring for the world, one person at a time.”
Chief Diversity Officer
“The principles of diversity and inclusion are deeply rooted in Our Credo, and help us better connect with the healthcare needs of patients and families around the world. They are also essential to our ability to recruit and advance diverse talent to meet evolving global healthcare needs.”