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Johnson & Johnson change makers deliver an impact at 2017 One Young World Summit


Over 1,400 young leaders from across the globe attended the 2017 One Young World Summit in Bogotá, Colombia (4-7 October), including 45 Johnson & Johnson (J&J) global delegates. The largest J&J delegation to date which included eight aspiring J&J scholars from the newly launched J&J OYW Scholarship Program, supporting those working on the front lines of delivering care.

The annual OYW Summit gathers together young leaders (aged 18-30) from across the globe, empowering them to make positive change for a better future by providing them with a platform to share, debate and formulate innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

The theme of this year’s Summit was ‘Peace and Reconciliation’ and the Summit opened with world leaders such as Kofi Annan and Professor Muhammad Yunus calling on the 2017 OYW delegates to stand up and take action in a world that is facing increasing uncertainty.  

The 2017 Summit

J&J has partnered with One Young World since 2013, sending over 90 J&J young leaders to the annual Summit to date. This year, saw a significant scaling in J&J presence, both in terms of J&J delegate numbers, but also in terms of J&J visibility at the Summit.

This included a J&J Change Maker booth which featured a four-step interactive change maker journey with a quiz to identify leadership attributes; J&J’s Donate a Photo (with $1 donated by J&J to Save the Children’s famine cause in Yemen, Nigeria and East Africa for every photo taken); a living art wall to create a symbolic image of peace and, finally, the opportunity for delegates to share their presence, including their Donate a Photo, on social media.

In addition, there was a J&J plenary sessions on the main stage with global partner Save the Children focusing on resilience building for Syrian refugee children and their families; a J&J best practice break-out session presented by two returning OYW J&J ambassadors and J&J OYW Scholar Charles Akhimien participating in the Poverty Alleviation plenary on the main stage – plus many more activities that highlighted the impact that J&J is making across the globe.  


Key Outcomes

  • Over 1,000 participants visited the J&J booth and completed the change maker quiz
  • Over 971 submissions to Donate a Photo raising over $971 for Save the Children’s famine cause.
  • Nine J&J delegates flag bearers carried their country flag during the OYW 2017 Opening Ceremony
  • 20 blogs/vlogs from J&J delegates with reflections from each day of the Summit
  • Four Change Maker Q&A series hosted at the J&J booth with J&J delegates interviewing the J&J scholars on their work.
  • J&J OYW Scholar Charles Akhimien participated in the Poverty Alleviation plenary on the main stage, with other scholars taking part in OYW innovation sessions
  • Annet Eijkelkamp, Director J&J Global Community Impact EMEA and Amy Richmond, Director Save the Children conducted a plenary session on the J&J-Save the Children partnership impact.
  • Two J&J OYW 2014 Ambassadors, Lewis Smith and Ben Griffiths, conducted a workshop on how to gain corporate backing for a social good initiative and shared their experiences during the Ambassadors in Actin plenary.
  • 22 local media outlets featured J&J in their news broadcasts
  • All activities supported by a comprehensive social media campaign

Comments Annet Eijkelkamp, Director J&J Global Community Impact in EMEA. “One Young World is one of the largest incubators for young leaders. It provides them with a unique and life changing opportunity to engage with their peers, learn from world leaders and to be inspired to make a positive impact in the world. We are proud to have sent 45 J&J OYW delegates to the Summit this year, including eight scholars working on the front lines of delivering care – all of whom are supported by a coaching and mentoring program to further build on their inspirational change maker journey.”



About Johnson & Johnson Global Community Impact 

The One Young World partnership is managed through Johnson & Johnson Global Community Impact, whose goal is to create a healthier world, one community at a time, through the development of strategic partnerships. Our vision is to support the people on the frontlines who are at the heart of delivering care. We believe that changing the trajectory of health for humanity requires putting people first so that communities and health systems have the ability to address the health needs of the world’s most vulnerable people.


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