Together we care with Pride
Every year during the month of June, the LGBT+ community around the globe celebrates in a number of different ways the achievements of the LGBT+ history (LGBT+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other spectrums of sexuality). As a partner of Zurich Pride for the 4th year in a row, we as Johnson & Johnson in Switzerland also set a sign against LGBT+ discrimination and other minorities, supporting SDG 10 (Sustainable Development Goal) towards reducing inequalities.
After two years of virtual celebrations, we are very happy that this year the Zurich Pride Parade takes place physically again and that we can participate in person with a group of employees to set an example for equal opportunities. In addition, next to our rainbow flags at the different sites in Switzerland, we will also illuminate our Campus Zug building in rainbow colors for two weeks.
Johnson & Johnson strives to create a respectful environment for all employees, where individuality and diversity have a place. The company recognized very early that innovation is not the result of individuals, but rather the result of the interaction of diverse perspectives. Johnson & Johnson's active Open & Out Employee Resource Group (ERG) aims to foster an environment where employees can exchange ideas and seek support on LGBT+ topics.
Through various initiatives, the group encourages all colleagues to engage in the dialogue and provides resources for everyone to become long-term supporters – so-called Allies – who are actively engaged and speak up. These groups are an important partner in raising awareness of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion topics, initiating change and setting priorities. Various other internal corporate programs are also used to raise employees' awareness of the value of diversity. Among other things, programs are offered to identify and minimize unconscious bias – Take a look at our recently launched unconscious bias campaign.