At Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health, we are guided by Our Credo and our aspiration to change the trajectory of human health. They are at the heart of our commitment to environmental stewardship and the reason we have been setting public environmental performance goals, including goals to reduce our carbon footprint, for nearly 30 years. Today we are focused on:
- Optimizing our operations;
- Reducing the lifecycle impacts of our products;
- Supporting our suppliers to make environmental improvements in their own businesses and,
- Partnering with stakeholders to achieve necessary change at scale.
We are committed to developing more sustainable products that use fewer, smarter, resources. Our lifecycle approach considers all aspects of a product’s impact, from design, formulation and manufacturing, to product use and end-of-life. We are embracing packaging sustainability as both a challenge to do better and an opportunity to do good. And we are engaging with our suppliers, customers, and consumers to partner with us to achieve our sustainability goals together.
We are committed to developing more sustainable products that use fewer resources.
Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health contributes to the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies’ ongoing effort to reduce carbon emissions, support renewable energy, and address water quality and access.
- Reducing absolute carbon emissions by 20% by 2020.
- Achieving 35% electricity use from renewable energy sources by 2020.
- Instituting risk mitigation plans at 100% of high-water risk sites by the end of 2020.
We use a lifecycle approach to consider all aspects of our product impacts - from design, formulation and manufacturing, to product use and end-of-life. For example:
- We developed a patented assessment tool, The Global Aquatic Ingredient Assessment (GAIA) Tool™ to help us develop wash-off products that are non-toxic, biodegradable and don’t bioaccumulate in the environment4;
- We’ve replaced plastic materials in several products – for example, in 2013 we voluntarily committed to remove microbeads from our global consumer products portfolio, which we completed in 2017.
- We’re prioritizing use of responsibly sourced forest-based products, such as Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified materials in our cartons forAVEENO© and BAND-AID© Bandages.
In 2018, we signed the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment – a partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the UN Environment Programme, and more than 400 companies, governments, and NGOs that will significantly reduce plastic waste and drive consumer packaging reform. Specifically, by 2025 we will:
- Ensure that 100% of our plastic packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable
- Set an ambitious recycled content target
- Take action to eliminate unnecessary problematic plastic packaging
- Move toward reusable and refillable business models
We’ve instituted a Design for Recyclability policy and governance process to ensure our packaging is designed with recyclability in mind.
We’re actively working with partners to improve recycling infrastructure. We’re a founding member of the Closed Loop Fund, a social impact fund dedicated to infrastructure projects that will accelerate the development of more circular supply chains for packaging in the US.
We support initiatives like the Inclusive Waste Recycling Consortium to help recycling cooperatives in Brazil improve their operational processes, develop a stronger social infrastructure, and create a sustainable market for their materials.
As of 2018, 61% of the total Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies’ supplier spend was with suppliers enrolled in the Sustainable Procurement Program, that encourages suppliers to measure, manage and reduce their environmental impacts.
We have worked with our partner The Earthworm Foundation (formerly The Forest Trust) to develop and implement specific sourcing requirements for our suppliers that purchase palm oil, palm kernel oil or ingredients derived from palm and palm kernel oils (see our Responsible Palm Oil Sourcing Criteria).
Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health has been recognized by Walmart’s Project Gigaton for our strong goals and progress towards addressing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
We are educating consumers in the United States to properly dispose and recycle their personal care products through inclusion of How2Recycle® labels on our packaging, and our Care To Recycle® program.
We’re proud of the progress we’re making, and mindful of the work we still have to do as we innovate to ensure a more sustainable future, within Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health and with partners around the world.
We support programs to spark innovation, such as the Green Chemistry & Commerce Council (GC3) Challenge to discover new preservatives needed to ensure the safety of personal care products.
We’re funding efforts to find recycling solutions for plastic tubes and flexible film packaging in North America.
We are switching from plastic to paper sticks in our cotton swabs.
We are actively researching more sustainable approaches for make-up wipes and our feminine care products.
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