Johnson & Johnson Private Limited, India (J&J India) is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, one of the world’s most comprehensive and broadly based manufacturer of health care products, as well as a provider of related services for the consumer, pharmaceutical and medical devices markets. While the term “corporate social responsibility” is widely used today, the concept behind it is not new to the Johnson & Johnson Group of Companies. Our responsibilities to those who use our products and services, to our employees, to the communities in which we live and work, and to our shareholders are voiced in our Credo, and have guided employees of Johnson & Johnson for several years.
Accordingly, J&J India’s Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”) policy is rooted in the J&J Group's core values of quality, reliability and trust guided by international standards and best practices, and driven by our aspiration for excellence in the overall performance of our business
Constitution of Corporate Social Responsibility Committee
The board of directors of J&J India (the “Board”) have formed a Corporate Social Responsibility Committee (the “CSR Committee”) in line with section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013 (the “Act”).
The CSR Committee will carry out the following functions:
- to formulate and recommend to the Board, a CSR policy indicating activities to be undertaken as specified in Schedule VII of the Act;
- to recommend the amount of expenditure to be incurred on the activities referred to in sub-paragraph (i) above; and
- to monitor the CSR policy from time to time.
CSR projects, programs and activities
In accordance with the primary CSR philosophy and the specified activities under the Act read with Companies (Corporate Social Responsibility Policy) Rules, 2014 (the “CSR Rules”), and any amendment(s) thereof, the CSR activities of J&J India will have the following thrust areas:
- Saving and improving lives of underprivileged women and children
- Safe Motherhood
- Neonatal Resuscitation
- Building Healthcare Capacity
- Training of underprivileged girls as healthcare assistants and midwives.
- Preventing Diseases, Reducing Stigma and Disability
- Awareness and Prevention of HIV/AIDS
- Community Responsibility
- Disaster Relief
Under the umbrella of “India Contributions”, and with a view to reach out to even the remotest parts of the country, 13 Location Committees across the country are constituted to identify and screen projects, motivate and sensitize fellow Johnsonians to the challenges faced by the underprivileged and underserved members of the “community in which we live and work”.
The company works together with key community based partners that have the greatest insights into the needs of local populations and the strategies that stand the greatest chances of success. The Company expects no favorable treatment as a result of the social investment that it makes; hence the corporate program designs are based upon its heritage, its values, its equity and its motivation to be an outstanding corporate citizen.
Charity begins at home. When natural disasters strike, very often Company employees/employees of contractors are severely affected. We endeavor to provide them immediate relief to meet emergency medical and rehabilitation needs. In the case of seriously critical, life threatening medical ailments, where insurance cover is not adequate, we endeavor to help employees/employees of contractors to bridge the gap, within our limited provisions.
And last but not the least, giving of one’s time, skills and expertise is the true spirit of our CSR Program, the success of which depends largely upon the innovative “Giving for Someone’s Living” initiative which constitutes active “volunteering” of Johnsonians who believe they can and should make a difference to the lives of fellow human beings, especially those who are not as privileged as many of us are. The involvement of Company employees in community projects is immensely important. Employee involvement demonstrates that the Company’s Credo is very much a living reality and helps to bring employees, the company and the community closer together. Employee involvement strengthens existing relationships with partner organizations by bringing new skills and energies to solve problems, and complementing stretched resources. Senior management actively encourages employees to participate in community projects, leading by example. A unique feature of this initiative is that employees are encouraged to “champion” projects and for them to do this effectively, the company gives them up to 5 days paid CSR leave, to work at a project site. In addition, there is a robust Rewards & Recognition program whereby employees’ efforts are recognized at various forums, and substantial awards in the form of donations to the employee’s charity of choice, given.
All monetary employee contributions to specified NGO partners are matched equally by the company.
The total budget for the CSR projects will be decided by the CSR Committee in accordance with applicable provisions of the Act and the CSR Rules.
Implementation, monitoring and review mechanism
The CSR activities will be driven by a dedicated project team under the guidance and support of the CSR Committee and the Board. The CSR Committee will play a significant role in ensuring that the CSR policy is embedded across J&J India’s operations and the CSR initiatives are in line with this policy.
The CSR Committee will be responsible for monitoring approved projects and fund disbursals for such projects. The CSR Committee will put in place a transparent monitoring and reporting mechanism for ensuring effective implementation of the projects, programs and activities proposed to be undertaken by J&J India. Such monitoring mechanisms will include visits, meetings and progress/status reporting by the project teams.
Any or all provisions of this CSR policy may be amended by the Board based on the recommendations of the CSR Committee or in accordance with any statutory guidelines that may be issued from time to time.