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No. 1 | Johnson & Johnson


  • Johnson & Johnson’s commitment to D&I starts at the very top with their Chairman & CEO, Alex Gorsky, who drives accountability and engagement.
  • Alex has a floor to ceiling glass panel etched with Johnson & Johnson’s credo in front of his desk. The credo is the most succinct, value statement I’ve ever seen and Alex connects it to diversity.
  • Alex does everything a CEO should to drive results in D&I. He chairs the executive diversity council, ties executive compensation to goals and has all council members participate in formal mentoring.
  • Alex is also the executive sponsor of two Johnson & Johnson employee resource groups, the Women’s Leadership Initiative and the Veteran’s Leadership Council. All of his direct reports sponsor resource groups as well.
  • This accountability and engagement yields impressive talent results. The company promoted almost a third more Blacks and Latinos into one and two levels below Alex and his directs than existed previously. It has a fifth more women in one and two levels below Alex and his directs than the Top 50 and a third more than the national average for U.S. companies.
  • Last year, the company launched a scholars award program that drives development of female leaders in science, tech, engineering, math, manufacturing and design and feeds the talent pipeline by awarding and sponsoring women at critical points in their research careers.
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Johnson & Johnson reaches the top spot this year. Using a business methodology to gather insights from across the organization, enabled the company to focus on three key areas that were crucial for advancing Diversity & Inclusion at the company – advancing a culture of inclusion and innovation, building a diverse workforce for the future and enhancing business performance and reputation.

The commitment to D&I starts at the very top with their Chairman & CEO, Alex Gorky, who drives accountability and engagement at the most senior ranks. For example, Johnson & Johnson’s employee resource groups each have a Management Committee member as their executive sponsors.

The company has made great strides in embedding D&I throughout the talent management spectrum from recruitment to development to advancement. Johnson & Johnson uses technology to help eliminate gender bias in job descriptions, they also train interviewers to combat bias during the interview process. Ensuring development programs address the needs of all their employees is another key success. Their Sponsorship Program for Diverse Talent has had so much success that they are expanding it this year.

Johnson & Johnson is also making progress on inclusion. They have built awareness amongst their people managers worldwide, with sessions led by Professor Mahzarin Banaji of Harvard University. In addition they launched a training on mitigating this unconscious bias, that more than 90% of their people managers have taken. In addition these concepts are being embedded across their performance and development processes, with resources, tools and reminders given to managers at key points in time.

Finally, Johnson & Johnson has made D&I relevant globally across the company. This has enabled it to drive innovation and growth globally and tackle the global challenges presented by the rapidly changing health care landscape, changes in the workplace and the demographic changes happening around the world.


Alex Gorsky
Chairman and CEO

“Our people are one of a kind—the way they think, feel, speak and work; what they’ve experienced, and where they’re from. Harnessing these unique perspectives and experiences gives us great problem-solving potential — the ideas, solutions and strategies that, when mobilized, brings health to billions of people.”

Wanda Bryant Hope
Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

“Our vision for Diversity & Inclusion at Johnson & Johnson is: Be Yourself, Change the World. We strive for that every day by embedding D&I into the way we do business – enabling everyone to feel they belong and perform at their best. This is how we foster the innovations that are the foundation of our success.”



U.S. Headquarters:New Brunswick, N.J.

Global Employees: 135,698

Last Year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking • No. 5

  • No. 2 Mentoring
  • No. 3 Employee Resource Groups
  • No. 4 Executive Women
  • No. 4 Recruitment
  • No. 6 Diversity Councils
  • No. 12 Supplier Diversity
  • LGBT Employees