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Empowering Change 
on the frontlines of health


Empowering people to address the health needs of the most vulnerable populations and help change the trajectory of health for humanity

Connecting, co-creating and sharing skills to empower people to deliver a positive and sustainable impact

At Johnson & Johnson we are building the healthiest communities by empowering our employees around the world to combine their resources and resolve to make a positive and dramatic impact on society and the environment.

Our change maker programs build knowledge and leadership expertise across the career spectrum at Johnson & Johnson. They also support those working on the front lines of care, through our skill sharing and scholarship opportunities. Through collaboration and co-creation, we are developing innovative and much needed solutions that tackle complex health challenges across the Europe, Middle East and Africa and on a global scale; and creating entrepreneurial and authentic leaders to champion positive change both now and for future generations.

Meet the Secondment Class of 2018

This year celebrates the fifth anniversary of the Johnson & Johnson Secondment Program, with J&J employees from across the Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) taking part in a long-term Secondments (up to six months) with six NGO partners across the EMEA region.

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In total, 4,736 applications were received for the twelve 2018 J&J OYW Scholarships when applications closed on 9 May. More than double the number received in 2017.

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Trust Award Special Edition

In total, 38 entries from 20 countries across J&J business sectors in EMEA were received for the Trust Awards. Close to 4800 employees across EMEA voted for their favorite finalist to select the Employees’ Choice Award

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Sharing employees’ skills and knowledge to strenghten NGO partner organizations

Now in its fifth year of operation, the Secondment Program provides a unique opportunity for J&J employees across EMEA to give back to society by sharing their much-needed knowledge and skills with our NGO partners in long-term secondments, helping to build the NGO’s aspiration, organizational structure and whilst developing their own leadership skills. 

By year-end 2018, 47 J&J employees will have completed a long-term secondment with six NGO partners across 23 countries in the EMEA region.

Thomas Büchel, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Germany, 2014 Secondment with North Star Alliance, East Africa

Developing innovative solutions to health challenges

In Sub-Saharan Africa, it is common for transport companies to lose truck drivers through the spread of diseases such as HIV. North Star Alliance, a Flagship Partner of Johnson & Johnson GCI EMEA, works at the crossroads of disease and mobility to ensure that hard to reach mobile populations, such as truck drivers and the communities they interact with, have access to basic health services through Roadside Wellness Centres.

In 2014, the Star Driver Programme was developed by Thomas Büchel during his 2014 secondment at North Star Alliance in East Africa. The program is a health initiative which is specifically targeted at strengthening the brand loyalty of North Star Alliance and increasing the number of truck drivers attending and returning to the Roadside Wellness Centres for health checks.

As a result of Thomas’ work, the Star Driver Programme was launched in three Roadside Wellness Centres across Kenya reaching over 120 participants within the first month. The program has continued to be expanded by new secondees succeeding Thomas’ role and was revamped in 2016. Since the revamp, 5,151 drivers have registered to participate in the program across eight Roadside Wellness Centres in Kenya and it will be expanded to Tanzania in 2018.

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Strengthening young leadership capacity to tackle complex health challenges

Launched in 2013, the Johnson & Johnson One Young World (OYW) Program provides a global platform for aspiring young leaders to  debate, collaborate and formulate solutions to some of the world’s most pressing health issues. The Program is open to selected J&J employees (aged 18-30) and to young external leaders working on the front lines of delivering care, through the J&J OYW Scholarship Program. To date, 90 J&J OYW delegates across the globe have taken part in the Program, helping to build health leadership capacity. This year, 78 J&J delegates, including 12 external scholars, will be participating in the 2018 Program and attending the annual OYW Summit in The Hague, The Netherlands in October.

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Trust Awards Program

Recognizing the impact made by J&J businesses and employees across EMEA

The Trust Awards were launched in 2014 to recognize and celebrate the work of local Johnson & Johnson businesses and employees who had made a significant difference to peoples‘ lives through local community impact programs or partnerships.

In 2018, five Awards were provided by the Trust with €50,000 in prize money in total reinvested into the winning programs.

The Award Winners were officially announced on our website and on LinkedIn.


I am so inspired by what our local Johnson & Johnson Operating Companies and employees continue to do to support vulnerable groups within their communities and to make a positive impact to people’s lives.

Jane Griffiths, Chair of the Trust Board and Global Head Actelion