Caring with Pride, Nationwide
At Johnson & Johnson, diversity is celebrated but importantly, active inclusivity runs throughout every level of the organisation. In the UK, this inclusivity is guided by our Employee Resource Group (ERG) a team of volunteers who run impactful activities both in our offices and in our local communities. As part of Pride month, the employees behind our ERG for LGBT+ colleagues and Allies were keen to get involved
Scott Lewis – A marketing placement student at Janssen UK, reflects on the London Pride Parade
Crowds, colours and celebrations. I couldn’t imagine a better way to celebrate my first Pride!
Backstage in the preparation area the buzz was tangible. An enormous range of companies and social organisations had lined up ready to be choreographed into formation by the event organisers, demonstrating the huge level of support from across a wide-range of industries.
Representing healthcare, we marched alongside our industry peers as part of the Proud Science Alliance. This is an ongoing relationship that encourages positive cultural change around LGBT+ issues in our industry and facilitates many activities run from a grassroots level.
The J&J float celebrated our partnership with the Albert Kennedy Trust which helps young, homeless members of the LGBT+ community. Seeing the float for the first time was a real highlight for me – the amount of effort that had been committed to the event, just shows the importance that J&J places on diversity and inclusion. Our float was even commended as the runner-up for the ‘best float’ award! Energy and enthusiasm followed closely behind the J&J float, championed by a brilliant turnout from our highly-engaged network of LGBT+ colleagues and Allies who united in London from all over the country.
For me, visibility is a critical element of inclusivity. This involves showing others that they belong, instead of simply telling them. I believe this is embedded within the culture at J&J and has been important in helping me to navigate some personal circumstances since joining Janssen.
As a flag bearer, I felt immensely proud of the commitment that our company makes to driving meaningful change. I believe this is testament to the vibrant community of colleagues behind the scenes, that go above and beyond their day jobs to ensure J&J can be a place where you feel comfortable enough to bring your full self to work each day.
Job Code: CP-105391 Date of Preparation: August 2019