To Our Shareholders

Alex Gorsky, in his Chairman's Letter, on How We are Caring for the World, One Person at a Time

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Your Safety at Heart

You have our commitment that every beauty and baby care product from the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies is safe and effective when used as directed. In 2012 we launched Our Safety and Care Commitment, a website dedicated to helping consumers better understand how we ensure the safety of beauty and baby care products, and the ingredients that go into them.

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New Smile, New Life

Children around the world born with severe cleft palate conditions face abandonment, difficulty eating and speaking, and a marked inability to smile. For years Ethicon has donated valuable surgical equipment to Operation Smile, an organization that provides life-changing surgeries thanks to donations of money and materials, along with expertise from medical volunteers. Hear from Ethicon employees who were able to help bring about new smiles, and new life opportunities.

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Growing and Caring

Madi Dodge warmed and inspired readers when we introduced you to her in our 2008 Annual Report. Then 13 years old and an active teenager, Madi managed her diabetes and expressed her passion for helping other kids with the disease as an advocate for the American Diabetes Association. Now 17, Madi continues to inspire with her caring.

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It's Magic

Getting hurt’s no fun. But there’s a little magic moment when Mom or Dad pulls out a decorated bandage. Better yet, when that BAND-AID® Brand decorated bandage brings Disney’s The Muppets to life, it helps heal the hurt and the heart, as if by magic.

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Share the Language of Love

In India, throughout May 2012, moms and kids shared once-loved baby items as part of a campaign, “Share the Language of Love,” that provided a way to get much needed items to those without them. More than 40,000 items were collected and distributed to underprivileged children in rural areas with the help of Goonj, a Delhi-based non-governmental charitable organization. A flash mob dance routine by children invited participation in the effort

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A Grandfather's Love

For Bill Oler, reaching his 80th birthday milestone is something to celebrate. After a diagnosis of prostate cancer several years ago and a series of treatments, he didn’t know what would lie ahead. Now he’s on ZYTIGA® (abiraterone acetate). And he’s spending time with the people he loves—and celebrating his 80th birthday. This is Bill’s story.

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Small Farms, Big Steps

In late 2012, Johnson & Johnson became the first global corporation to purchase GreenPalm certificates for sustainable palm oil from a group of independent smallholders (those that own less than 50 hectares of land) in Thailand.

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The Power of Health in Every Mama’s Hands

In Bangladesh, mother Asha Rani recalls how difficult it was to care for her now 9-year-old son, who was often sick as an infant. “I didn’t know how to take care of him or what to feed him,” she says. With her 1-year-old-daughter, things are different, thanks to text messages that deliver helpful health information. “The messages help me learn new things so I can take better care of her,” says Asha.

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A Breakthrough, Possibly a Beginning

Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the world’s deadliest diseases. In 1993 the World Health Organization declared it a global health emergency. A medicine for drug-resistant TB that was first discovered in our Janssen laboratories—the first TB therapy in 40 years with a new mechanism of action—was granted accelerated approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in December 2012.

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Real Care for Real Life

Braydon Burns is a normal teenager in many ways. He loves to hang out with his friends, play golf, do work with his dad. All this despite being born with severe scoliosis that caused his spine to curve, fused his ribs and threatened to leave him wheelchair-bound and unable to breathe without help. Thanks to innovations from the DePuy Synthes Companies, Braydon can go about living life to the fullest.

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Healthy Planet, Healthy Community

We believe a healthy planet and a healthy community go hand in hand. That’s why we are committed to reducing our environmental impact across all aspects of our operations. This infographic shows some of the savings of this digital annual report.

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A Reliable Supply

Helping people live longer, healthier, happier lives fuels passion amid the Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain. Meet Mike Beck, one employee who wants to make a difference every day.

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Your Health Score

It’s like a credit score for your health. When you answer seven simple questions about your health measures and habits, the Digital Health Scorecard application calculates your health score.

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Transplanting Love

In Richard, Vielka Wyatt married her perfect match—in more ways than one. When Vielka was faced with the need for a kidney transplant, it was Richard who was her match, and he was able to give her one of his. The life-saving surgery was performed with the help of an innovative Ethicon device.