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Global Goals: Good jobs and economic growth

Mar 02, 2016
Tom Heyman
CEO Janssen Belgium

As a company and an industry, we have chosen a dynamic course with a long-term vision of sustained growth, investment, co-operation, innovation, and strong social involvement.

In September 2015, the United Nations announced a new global agenda designed to put an end to poverty, inequality, and climate change: ‘Global Goals to make the world a better place by 2030’. These goals apply to all countries - it’s thereby no longer a question of goals that should be achieved in poor countries. There are goals related to poverty, health and education, but also about less inequality and economic growth. Let’s just consider that last goal for a moment: inclusive economic growth, opportunity for work and proper work for everyone.

As a company and an industry, we have chosen a dynamic course with a long-term vision of sustained growth, investments, co-operation, innovation, and strong social involvement. We invest in the welfare of society and in economic growth. The biopharmaceutical industry is an important growth and innovation sector for our country. Together with other companies, we provide work for over 30,000 people in our country.

We want everyone who can work to have the opportunity to work under good labour conditions. When our children grow up and enter the labour market, we hope that they will all find a job. As a company, we want to make a contribution here. We want to create sustainable employment and an attractive environment in which talent can develop.

In order to develop the breakthrough solutions of tomorrow, what we need most of all is a new generation of talent with qualifications in the fields of STEM(science, engineering, technology, and mathematics). It is important to motivate and inspire young people to take this path. In the next few years, more and more scientists and engineers will be retiring. Who’s going to come up with tomorrow’s solutions? Who’s going to commit themselves to tackling Alzheimer’s disease and cancer?

Last year, British scientist Steven Hawking commented: ‘How will we feed an ever-growing population, provide clean water, generate renewable energy, prevent and cure diseases, and slow down global climate change? I hope that science and technology will provide the answers to these questions. But it will take people, human beings with knowledge and understanding, to implement these solutions.’

It will be necessary to develop talent to stimulate further economic growth and create solutions for tomorrow.