We are proud to present you with our 2018 LATINA Style 50 Report highlighting the Best Companies for Latinas to work for in the U.S. It is our pleasure to announce that Johnson & Johnson has been selected as our Company of the Year. When we launched the LATINA Style 50 program in 1998 few in our community were focusing their attention on issues of corporate diversity and inclusion. And there was no focus yet on the Hispanic professional working woman. Now 21 years later our program is stronger than ever, diversity and inclusion is on everyone’s agenda and the number of companies participating makes the selection of the Company of the Year an even more difficult task requiring the evaluation of hundreds of variables.
For the past few years, a veteran’s component has also been added to the survey. This year’s LATINA Style 50 Company of the Year winner is no stranger to the process. They have been participating in the program since 2001. Always ranking at the very top, J&J has always demonstrated a commitment to their workforce, creating innovative initiatives and programs to empower their employees. It also happens that J&J is unique in corporate America in the fact that two Latinas lead billion-dollar divisions of the company. Maria Eduarda Kertesz is the president of J&J U.S. HealthE and Michelle Freyre is president of J&J U.S. Beauty. They are joined by a number of Latinas at senior positions in the company.
The J&J Employee or Business Resource Group, HOLA, continues to be recognized as one of the most innovative groups in corporate America. I am sure that the company success can be closely related to the company Credo, a mission statement written by its former Chairman, Robert Wood Johnson in 1943. It is prominently displayed at the company headquarters, so it is no surprise that this year they reached the very top. We congratulate them on their unwavering commitment to empowering their workforce and surely a best place for Latinas to work for.
“We are responsible to our employees, the men and women who work with us throughout the world. Everyone must be considered as an individual. We must respect their dignity and recognize their merit. They must have a sense of security in their jobs. Compensation must be fair and adequate, and working conditions clean, orderly and safe. We must be mindful of ways to help our employees fulfill their family responsibilities. Employees must feel free to make suggestions and complaints. There must be equal opportunity for employment, development and advancement for those qualified. We must provide competent management, and their actions must be just and ethical.” Excerpt from J&J Credo.
Congratulations to CEO Alex Gorsky and his leadership team. We look forward to highlighting J&J’s accomplishment at our 21st LATINA Style 50 Awards and Diversity Leaders Conference this coming February 20 & 21 in Washington D.C. It will be a very special ceremony since we will also be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of LATINA Style Magazine.