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J&J Details 2015 Sustainability Roadmap: New Standards for Strategic Suppliers

Posted By Paul Tate, July 26, 2011 at 10:59 AM, in Category: Sustainability

The last time Johnson and Johnson issued green targets for the next five years was back in 2006. The company did not hit all its goals – fleet CO2 emissions dropped by 16% by the end of 2010 not the 30% hoped for, and the use of PVC was cut from around 78% of pharmaceutical packaging, not the 100% target.

But in other areas it did much better than expected – slashing overall CO2 emissions by 23% between 1990 and 2010 against a 7% target, and cutting 25% of hazardous waste compared to a 10% goal.

Perhaps most importantly though, the initiative continued to make a significant difference to the company’s green footprint and helped foster a growing internal culture of sustainable awareness that is now driving the company to set higher standards for the future.

Last week, J&J announced more details of its latest sustainability roadmap: Healthy Future 2015. The company describes it as the “boldest and broadest sustainability goals we have set to date”.

Organized around seven strategic sustainability, corporate citizenship and world health priorities, J&J’s latest green production targets for 2015 include plans to cut:

  • facility carbon dioxide emissions by 20 per cent
  • fleet carbon dioxide output by another 20 per cent per kilometre driven
  • water consumption by 10 per cent
  • waste disposal by 10 per cent
  • and to increase onsite renewable and clean technology energy capacity to 50 megawatts

J&J also intends to make far greater efforts to partner with suppliers who demonstrably ‘embrace sustainability’, says the company. That includes a requirement for all strategic suppliers to have 'two or more publicly-reported sustainability goals'.

J&J has also launched a new ‘transparency’ website - http://www.jnj.com/responsibility - to allow customers, partners and industry observers to continually track its sustainability performance. The site is designed to cover more than 100 aspects of its citizenship and sustainability commitments, policies, practices, achievements, goals and performance.

How does this compare to your own sustainability targets for 2015?

How would you rank J&J’s new sustainability plan against CPG & pharmaceutical industry norms?

Category: Sustainability
Written by Paul Tate

Paul Tate is Research Director and Executive Editor with Frost & Sullivan's Manufacturing Leadership Council. He also directs the Manufacturing Leadership Council's Board of Governors, the Council's annual Critical Issues Agenda, and the Manufacturing Leadership Research Panel. Follow us on Twitter: @MfgExecutive


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