In this episode, Craig Kramer explores Johnson & Johnson’s history, strategy, and the incredible success the organization has had in addressing Mental Health as Diversity and Inclusion matter. Kramer serves as the Mental Health Ambassador and Chair, Global Campaign on Mental Health for Johnson & Johnson, the leading American multinational corporation founded in 1886.
Johnson and Johnson is consistently recognized the list of Best Companies For Diversity and Inclusion. Racial/ethnic, gender, and sexual minorities often suffer from poor mental health outcomes due to multiple factors including inaccessibility of high quality mental health care services, cultural stigma surrounding mental health care, discrimination, and overall lack of awareness about mental health. Mental health and diversity and inclusion (D&I) are closely connected.
As employers deepen their focus on D&I and racial justice, they should ensure employees from diverse backgrounds have the mental health support they need, from employee resource groups to counseling services to mental health screening tools.
It's impressive that in just a few short years Johnson and Johnson's Mental Health Diplomats Employee Resource Group (ERG) has membership growth of over 1000 employees in 32 countries and aligns to support a strategy to attract and retain diverse talent.