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The importance of equality for Johnson & Johnson


This year, the LGBT+ community (LGBT+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and other spectrums of sexuality) is once again celebrating the successes of their history in various ways around the world in June. Over the past two decades, Switzerland has undergone a significant transformation that has led to greater acceptance and inclusion of the LGBT+ community. Nevertheless, conflicts and prejudice remain both within and outside the LGBT+ community. Given the diversity of identities, orientations and beliefs, this year's motto for Zurich Pride is: "Free in every way - since 30 years". As a proud partner of Zurich Pride, it is very important to us to promote inclusion and to set a sign against discrimination.

This year, for the sixth time in a row, we are committed to advocating equal rights and are taking part in Zurich Pride together with a group of employees. In addition, we will continue to raise awareness at various locations in Switzerland by raising the rainbow flags and drawing attention to existing barriers. In this way, we want to help make inequalities a thing of the past.

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I want my children to grow up in a world where they don't have to face the challenge of not being accepted for who they are

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This is one of the reasons why Franziska is committed to support the LGBT+ community and why we as a company continue to advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion.

Our commitment to LGBT+ topics
The commitment of Johnson & Johnson's Open & Out Employee Resource Group (ERG) also creates an environment in which employees can discuss LGBT+ related topics and find support. Through various initiatives, the group encourages all colleagues to participate in discussions and provides resources to attract long-term supporters - known as "allies" - who are actively involved. These groups play a crucial role in raising awareness of diversity, equity and inclusion challenges and initiating change. Employees' awareness of the value of diversity is further strengthened through different internal company programs. One initiative is the so called "allyship" training, in which participants gain a deeper understanding of the LGBT+ community and learn more about allyship and inclusive language.

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