25 October 2016
By Tom O’Sullivan
Janssen Supply Chain, Cork was presented with the Business Working Responsibly Mark certification by An Tánaiste, Frances Fitzgerald, at CEO forum at Dublin Castle. The Mark, developed by Business in the Community Ireland, audited by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) is based on ISO 26000. It recognises Janssen Supply Chain’s commitment and activity towards creating responsible and sustainable business practices which have a positive impact on society.
Speaking about his delight at receiving the standard, Kyran Johnson, General Manager at Janssen Supply Chain Ireland, said, “Janssen Supply Chain is delighted to be the first pharmaceutical manufacturing company to receive the Business Working Responsibly Mark certification. As a major employer in Cork, we are committed to leading the way in demonstrating how responsible and sustainable business practices can have a real impact on society.
“We are committed to maintaining our position as an employer of choice in the local community and will continue to support any Janssen employee who is eager to engage with local and national environmental, educational and charitable projects. Having the Business Working Responsibly Mark differentiates our business not only in our local communities but also in the competition for talent – employees want to work for a values-driven organisation. We have had the pleasure of working on some spectacular projects including a 12 year partnership with Special Olympics Ireland and 20 year membership with Junior Achievement Ireland and it is essential that we continue to invest in our employees, suppliers, the environment and to truly benefit the wider community.”
Janssen Supply Chain also have a long history in supporting a wide range of local and national environmental, educational and charitable projects including the Simon Communities of Ireland, J&J Bridge to Employment, Penny Dinners, Mercy Hospital, Marymount Hospice, Early Intervention Service Mahon, Togher Community Center, Greenville House in Carrigtwohill, Sustainable Energy Ireland, BITC Schools Business Partnership, Mna Feasa, St. Vincent DePaul, Chernobyl Children’s Project, iWish, Scifest, Darkness to Light in aid of Pieta House and Plant2Plant in aid of Crumlin Hospital.
Eoin O’Beara, Regional Director Munster, Special Olympics Ireland, said, ““Special Olympics would like to congratulate Janssen on this prestigious certification. We have enjoyed a very beneficial relationship with Janssen for more than 12 years; a relationship that has made a huge impact on our organisation. Special Olympics provide sports training and competition for people with intellectual disability. Janssen has provided volunteers at numerous sporting events including athletics, football and aquatics as well as funding. Janssen has lead by example and are now an integral part of our annual sporting calendar. We thoroughly cherish this long-standing relationship and believe it would hugely beneficial for more Cork companies to adopt this model and create long-lasting valuable partnerships to benefit all of society.”
Janssen, a member of Business in the Community since 2005, is now one of 23 companies in Ireland to have achieved the Business Working Responsibly Mark from Business in the Community Ireland.