Johnson & Johnson suppliers commit to cut emissions

20 July 2012

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20 July 2012 | Kamalpreet Badasha

Nearly 80 per cent of suppliers to Johnson & Johnson (J&J) have joined the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).

According to the consumer goods firm’s 2011 corporate social responsibility report, 98 of 124 vendors have signed up to the scheme to measure and report carbon emissions, representing around $2 billion.

The manufacturer, responsible for brands such as Johnson’s, Neutrogena and Listerine, also signed up to the Forest Footprint Disclosure Project - which merged with the CDP this year - which measures the impact of the use of five key commodities; soy, palm oil, timber, cattle products and biofuels.

Other supply chain initiatives highlighted in the report involved skincare brand Neutrogena’s reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 70 per cent due to supply chain improvements.

The company also participates in the US Environmental Protection Agency's SmartWay scheme, which aims to increase transportation efficiency by decreasing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. At present 95 per cent of J&J’s road transport providers participate in the programme. Participation in the scheme is also used as a key criteria for awarding business.

“We have a strong history of leadership in environmental goal setting and achievement, and we’re expanding the way we think about how we impact the planet,” said Alex Gorsky, CEO at J&J. “One way is by working within our own businesses, across our enterprise supply chain model to reduce complexities and redundancies so we can consistently produce high quality products that are environmentally conscious.”

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