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Breaking down the barriers to gender equality: Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies in Australia recognised
- Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies in Australia receives 2017-18 ‘Employer of Choice for Gender Equality’ citation from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WEGA) for the first time.
- One of only 120 organisations across Australia to receive this citation in 2017-18.
21 February 2018 – The Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies in Australia is today pleased to announce that the company has been granted the Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation in 2017-18 by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA), for the very first time.
“We’re thrilled to have been granted the Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency. We’re proud of our extensive support programs, initiatives and policies that enable both women and men working within our companies to thrive in their careers and personal lives,” said Doug Cunningham, Managing Director of Johnson & Johnson Pacific.
WGEA is an Australian Government agency created by the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012. The WGEA EOCGE citation recognises Australian organisations that demonstrate best practice in, and are actively committed to, achieving gender equality in their workplaces. Only 120 organisations across Australia received a citation for their policies and practices during 2017-18.
“We believe that building a culture of inclusion and innovation needs to be intentional,” said Sue Martin, Managing Director of Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Australia and New Zealand.
“As an organisation, we represent the market in which we work and operate, in relation to age, gender, race, religion, sexual preference, disability and nationality. With a focus on diversity and inclusion, we must ensure that we embed a culture that not only treats everyone equally, but actively seeks input from all. Doing this will lead to more robust dialogue, smarter decisions and ultimately, sustainable growth in the short and long term,” said Ms Martin.
As the Asia-Pacific leader of Johnson & Johnson’s Women’s Leadership and Inclusion Employee Network, Ms Martin collaborates with country leaders to not only grow awareness but to advocate for real change and inclusion of women in leadership.
To receive the citation from WGEA, the company had to demonstrate its gender equality practices across a number of key areas, including leadership, learning and development, gender remuneration gaps, flexible working and other initiatives to support family responsibilities, employee consultation, preventing sex-based harassment and discrimination, and targets for improving gender equality outcomes.
The Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies in Australia and New Zealand is helping to break down the barriers to gender equality in the local business and healthcare sector, boasting a number of important achievements as it moves towards embracing and promoting gender equality within the company and more broadly, within the industry.
Some of the company’s initiatives to support gender equality include:
- 60 per cent of its workforce is female.
- More than half (52 per cent) of the company’s Directors and Managers are female.
- Introduction of an enhanced parental leave policy supporting 14 weeks paid leave for Birth mothers, 8 weeks paid Bonding Leave for partners and 8 weeks paid Adoption Leave for adoptive parents.
- Flexible working practices, coupled with extensive leave options.
- Practices that encourage gender equality in succession planning and learning and development programs.
- Supporting employees experiencing Domestic and Family Violence, with access to paid leave.
- Regular gender remuneration gap analysis.
- Targets for improving gender equality.
- Attracting and retaining diverse talent.
- Building inclusive leadership competencies.
According to WGEA Director, Libby Lyons, it is this type of innovative thinking that led to the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies in Australia receiving its EOCGE citation in 2017-18.
“This year, I am particularly delighted to see some of the innovative and exciting initiatives by our EOCGE citation holders on such issues as flexibility, paid parental leave, supporting women in leadership and addressing gender pay gaps,” said Ms Lyons.
“I congratulate all the 2017-18 citation holders for their commitment and recognition of benefits improved gender equality can bring to their business. These employers are setting the benchmark for other Australian workplaces to follow,” Ms Lyons said.
Although it is the first year that the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies in Australia has achieved an WEGA EOCGE citation, the company’s phil0sophy since 1943 - demonstrated through its Credo - has been to accept everyone who has a unique experience or background and support them to create a deep sense of belonging with other colleagues in the business. This is fundamentally a part of the Johnson & Johnson DNA and has stood the test of time for over 75 years:
“We are responsible to our employees, the men and women who work with us throughout the world. Everyone must be considered as an individual. We must respect their dignity and recognize their merit…There must be equal opportunity for employment, development and advancement for those qualified.” - Johnson & Johnson Credo
Bruce Goodwin, Managing Director of Janssen Australia and New Zealand reinforced the company’s continued focus on gender equality, stating that building a highly inclusive culture creates a deep sense of belonging for all employees.
“We are proud to be setting the benchmark for other Australian workplaces to follow and we remain committed to equality for men and women in our organisation across both Australia and New Zealand,” he said.
“We would like to acknowledge the work of our Human Resources team and the enterprise Diversity & Inclusion Council for helping us to drive these initiatives across our businesses, and to all our employees for making the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies a great place to work,” Mr Goodwin said.
About the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies in Australia
The Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies in Australia’s product profile spans medical devices, consumer and pharmaceuticals. Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices (Johnson & Johnson Medical Pty Ltd) is the largest medical device provider in Australia. Our innovative products and solutions are used primarily by healthcare professionals in the fields of general and plastic surgery, orthopedics, neurology, bariatric surgery, infection prevention, urology, gynecology, sports medicine and cardiovascular disease. Johnson & Johnson Consumer (Johnson & Johnson Pacific Pty Ltd) is the largest over the counter supplier to retail pharmacies in Australia, serving over 4,500 community pharmacies and one of the top five health and beauty suppliers to Australian groceries. Our products are found in 7 out of every 10 Australian households. Janssen Australia and New Zealand (Janssen-Cilag Pty Ltd) is a leading research-based pharmaceutical company. Our focus is on addressing and solving the most important unmet medical needs of our time to improve the lives of patients in immunology, oncology, neuroscience, and infectious diseases. For more information, visit: https://www.jnj.com.au/