Johnson & Johnson

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New Brunswick, United States
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Climate Lobbying Overview: Johnson & Johnson (J&J)’s top line positions on climate policy appear broadly positive, though the company demonstrates limited engagement with specific climate policies. At the same time, J&J retains memberships to industry associations which have lobbied against climate policy such as US Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers, and Business Europe, although it has stated it has mixed alignment with several of these.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: J&J offers positive top-line messaging on climate policy. On its corporate website, the company supports a 1.5°C target for limiting global warming as well as “responsible climate and energy policy around the world” to achieve that target. In April 2021, J&J was a signatory to the We Mean Business Coalition’s open letter to President Biden supporting net zero emissions by 2050 and calling for the adoption of “the ambitious and attainable target of cutting GHG emissions by at least 50% below 2005 levels by 2030.” J&J also called for market-based climate policies and stated support for the Paris Agreement on its corporate website, accessed in April 2022.

Engagement with Climate-Related Policy: J&J shows minimal engagement with specific climate policies. The company appears to promote a Carbon Fee and Dividends scheme in the US as a founding member of the Climate Leadership Council (CLC). However, the company’s 2021 CDP disclosure notes “minor exceptions” in its support for a carbon tax and discloses alignment with the CLC’s position of “regulatory simplification.” InfluenceMap was unable to find additional evidence of recent engagement with climate policy by the company.

Positioning on Energy Transition: An open letter to US President Biden signed by Johnson & Johnson in April 2021 communicated broad support for the transition of the energy mix, including clean energy, energy efficiency, zero-emissions vehicles, and durable carbon removal. Beyond this, InfluenceMap was not able to find evidence of J&J’s lobbying on the energy transition.

Industry Association Governance: In its 2021 CDP disclosure, J&J identified “mixed” alignment of climate positions with several business groups which have lobbied against climate change policy. The company broadly states that it has “a range of approaches we can employ to respond, and we believe that our dissenting voice has greater impact as a member of these organizations,” including “reaching out directly to the organization’s leadership to examine a possible change in position.”

Johnson & Johnson’s Executive Vice President Kathryn E. Wengel is an Executive Committee Member at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). In its 2021 CDP disclosure, Johnson & Johnson described NAM’s climate position as “mixed” with the company’s, although its 2020 CDP Disclosure previously described its alignment as inconsistent. In its 2020 CDP disclosure, J&J disagreed with NAM’s views that “the EPA’s actions will add new burdens and restrictions, increase costs, destroy jobs and undermine U.S. manufacturers' ability to compete in the global marketplace." It further added that NAM’s “lobbying against climate change legislation” differs from J&J’s own approach to climate policy.

The company disclosed that its climate alignment with the US Chamber of Commerce is “mixed.” The Chamber’s position that "the best solutions are going to come from the private sector—or the private sector working together with government" and the group’s “history of lobbying against climate change legislation” differs from J&J’s policy. The company is also a member of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, where a J&J Executive serves on the Board of Directors. However, J&J does not disclose this membership in their CDP Disclosure.

In its 2020 disclosure, J&J agrees with “several aspects” of the Business Roundtable’s policy objectives but states broadly that J&J’s policy “differs in approach, such as supporting domestic carbon legislation and the need for collaboration of companies with governments and non-governmental organizations to achieve systemic change at scale.”

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How to Read our Relationship Score Map

In this section, we depict graphically the relationships the corporation has with trade associations, federations, advocacy groups and other third parties who may be acting on their behalf to influence climate change policy. Each of the columns above represents one relationship the corporation appears to have with such a third party. In these columns, the top, dark section represents the strength of the relationship the corporation has with the influencer. For example if a corporation's senior executive also held a key role in the trade association, we would deem this to be a strong relationship and it would be on the far left of the chart above, with the weaker ones to the right. Click on these grey shaded upper sections for details of these relationships. The middle section contains a link to the organization score details of the influencer concerned, so you can see the details of its climate change policy influence. Click on the middle sections for for details of the trade associations. The lower section contains the organization score of that influencer, the lower the more negatively it is influencing climate policy.