J&J suppliers need sustainability goals under new initiative

By Nick Taylor

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All strategic suppliers to J&J will need at least two publically-reported sustainability goals under a new initiative by the healthcare giant.

Johnson & Johnson (J&J) set the target in its Healthy Future 2015 initiative document​ which details seven sustainability priorities. Partnering with suppliers that “embrace sustainability​” is one of the stated goals.

To become a strategic partner suppliers must “have two or more publicly-reported sustainability goals​” and all should “demonstrate a similar commitment to that of J&J​”. Other elements of the document give an idea of J&J’s level of commitment, in particular to cutting the environmental impact of facilities.

J&J is aiming to cut:

- facility carbon dioxide emissions by 20 per cent

- fleet carbon dioxide output by 20 per cent per kilometre driven

- water consumption by 10 per cent

- waste disposal by 10 per cent

In 2006 J&J set similar targets as part of its Healthy Planet 2010 ​initiative. Some of these goals were exceeded, such as absolute reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from 1990 to 2010, but J&J fell short in other areas.

For example, J&J had aimed to cut fleet carbon dioxide emissions by 30 per cent per kilometre. However, output was lowered by 210.4g per kilometre, which amounts to a 16 per cent cut against 2003 levels.

Another 2006 goal was the elimination of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) from its secondary and tertiary pharmaceutical packaging. J&J claims to have achieved a 78 per cent reduction in PVC use in these packaging products.

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