I saw this today in Pharmalot. Apparently, J&J, after a seeming unending stream of gaffes, manufacuring problems and ethical slip ups, is asking its employees do some "soul searching" and examine the 70+ year old corporate credo.
The health care giant is asking employees to take time to "reflect, reaffirm, question, challenge and share" their thoughts credo and then take a survey for the purpose of “identifying opportunities for improvement and action.”
Wow! Who'd thunk? It's like all the physician's in the world sitting down to "think about the Hippocratic Oath". When I was in business school in the late 80's, J&J was the poster child of ethical behaviour. In the wake of the Tylenol tragedy (if you are old enough to recall), its management team was held in complete esteem for its safety first, profits second (or third) approach to pulling products off the shelf to protect consumers. It was THE CASE study used in business ethics classes.
Would you ever think you'd see a blog post reflecting the activities that are going on in J&J now? Neither would I.
Posted by Bruce Lehr May 29th 2013.