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Human Rights Policy and Standards
Global Labor and Employee Guidelines
Our Global Labor and Employee Guidelines set forth our expectations for labor and employment practices at our own sites including:
• Open communication with all of our employees
• Respect for each employee’s right to join or not join associations and/or labor unions or to bargain collectively
• The prohibition of discrimination
• The prohibition of forced labor of any kind
• Adherence to and enforcement of child labor laws
Policy on the Employment of Young Persons
Our Policy on the Employment of Young Persons requires suppliers to abide by specific rules when employing persons under the age of 18 (“young persons”) in the manufacture of any product, or any component of a product. This policy extends to all of our affiliates worldwide and mandates that no person under the age of 16 be employed and that those individuals under the age of 18 work no more than a 48 hour work week. Additionally, no young person shall be employed unless such employment is in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations concerning age, hours, compensation, health and safety.
California Transparency in Supply Chains Act
The Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies is committed to protect human rights consistently across our companies. This commitment is supported by our Statement on Human Rights as well as clear policies and guidelines addressing child labor, forced labor and forced or compulsory labor. We hold our suppliers to these same expectations, including a commitment to implement policies and/or procedures to evaluate and address risks of human trafficking.
Our Responsibility Standards for Suppliers adopts the United Nations definition of human trafficking and sets forth the expectation that suppliers review their operations to ensure their conformance to these standards, as well as applicable legal requirements. Our Policy on Business Conduct also prohibits the use of any forced or compulsory labor in the manufacture of any product, or any component of a product, by or for any of our businesses.
Johnson & Johnson companies use a variety of processes and tools, to evaluate and assess the risk of human trafficking and slavery in their supply chains. These verifications are carried out by Johnson & Johnson companies, not third parties, and until 2012 have been focused on contract and external manufacturers of products, as well as suppliers of active pharmaceutical ingredients.
Johnson & Johnson companies conduct on-site audits of external manufacturers of products and suppliers of active pharmaceutical ingredients to evaluate conformance with our standards using either internal personnel or independent consultants and auditors. These audits are usually announced – we prefer to work together with current or potential suppliers to coordinate and execute the assessment process. In 2010, in addition to the audits, the Johnson & Johnson companies began gathering information from their strategic suppliers related to their compliance with laws regarding slavery and human trafficking in the manufacture of materials being sold to the Johnson & Johnson companies.
The Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies reserves the right to disqualify any potential supplier or terminate any relationship with a current supplier that fails to conform to our accountability standards or procedures.
As part of our Healthy Future 2015 goals, a formal human rights training program has been launched targeting key personnel such as procurement professionals and supply chain management.
Standards for External Manufacturers
Johnson & Johnson also has established Responsibility Standards for Suppliers, which require external manufacturers to enter into an enforceable agreement to comply with Johnson & Johnson policies and standards. Related to human rights, these standards state that external manufacturers must:
• Not use forced, bonded, indentured or involuntary prison labor
• Not discriminate against or harass an individual on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, HIV status, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran’s status, marital status, or political affiliation
• Not treat or threaten to treat an individual harshly or inhumanely. Harsh or inhumane treatment includes sexual harassment or abuse, corporal punishment, coercion or verbal abuse
• Avoid unsafe working conditions by providing sufficient rest periods during the workday and honor agreed upon days off from work and maximum working hours
• Pay wages for all hours worked and clearly communicate the wages that employees are to be paid to them in advance of commencing work and communicate to all employees if overtime is required and the wages to be paid for such overtime
• Comply with the Johnson & Johnson Policy on the Employment of Young Persons and not employ anyone under the age of 16 and not employ anyone under the age of 18 to perform hazardous work
• Respect workers’ rights to make informed decisions free of coercion, threat of reprisal or unlawful interference regarding their desire to join or not join organizations
• Respect workers' rights to bargain collectively without unlawful interference