Johnson & Johnson Is Certified Gender Fair for Empowering Women to Innovate Global Health

Only 16 percent of analyzed Fortune 500 companies meet the Gender Fair standard

NEW YORK, Aug. 26 /CSRwire/ - Gender Fair, the world’s first and only independent marketplace solution for equality, announced the world’s largest and most broadly-based health care company Johnson & Johnson is now Gender Fair-certified. As a leading company in this space, who has been championing diversity for more than 130 years, Johnson & Johnson received this designation for promoting gender equality in the areas of leadership, employee policies, advertising and philanthropy. With this designation, Johnson & Johnson joins a select cohort of companies accelerating equality such as Eli Lilly and Company, Microsoft and P&G.

“In the age where consumers, employees and investors are demanding equality and monetarily supporting brands that are aligned with their values, it’s paramount that companies enact meaningful, inclusive practices that level the playing field,” said Johanna Zeilstra, CEO of Gender Fair. “We are thrilled that Johnson & Johnson exemplifies the best of Gender Fair companies, developing women leaders to improve global health outcomes.”

“Diversity and inclusion are part of the fabric of Johnson & Johnson and is reflected in Our Credo. We have led the way since our inception when 8 out of our 14 original employees were women,” said Wanda Bryant Hope, Chief Diversity Officer at Johnson & Johnson.  “Continuing our tradition of diversity and inclusion helps us to innovate and improve so that we can change the trajectory of health for humanity.”

Johnson & Johnson is empowering women to tackle some of the greatest health challenges of the 21st century and improve global health outcomes with practices that also exceed Gender Fair Index benchmarks:

  • Employee benefits and women’s leadership -  Johnson & Johnson is the only over-the-counter/pharmaceutical company to receive a perfect score in the Gender Fair Index for family-friendly policies, as it offers up to 17 weeks of maternity and paternity leave in the first year of a child’s birth, $35,000 in fertility benefits, $20,000 in adoption assistance benefits, and other inclusive practices such as unconscious bias training. Johnson & Johnson also spent $1.4 billion with diverse business suppliers in 2017 and started a women’s mentoring program connecting women-owned businesses with women leaders in procurement.


  • Philanthropic efforts in STEM and global health disparities - Johnson & Johnson’s Health for Humanity 2020 Goals impact a billion lives in underserved areas, with programs like healthcare mobile messaging reaching 1 million mothers in India and Mom Connect, which uses WhatsApp to reach mothers in South Africa.  Johnson & Johnson aspires to reach 1 million women and girls through STEM-directed youth partnership programs with FHI 360, the Smithsonian Science Education Center, and Junior Achievement. Its WiSTEM2D Scholar Award supports women at significant points in their research careers by awarding $150,000 in funding and three years of mentorship to six recipients annually.

Johnson & Johnson leads the way in making strides towards gender equality, with time-tested policies that have been championing women for over 130 years and changing the trajectory of health for humanity.