NABEF inaugurates Corporate Leadership Award


Johnson & Johnson will receive the first Corporate Leadership Award from the NAB Education Foundation (NABEF) during the 12th annual Celebration of Service to America Awards on June 14th in Washington, DC. William C. Weldon, Chairman and CEO will be on hand to accept the inaugural award, which recognizes non-broadcast businesses that exemplify an extraordinary focus on community service and corporate social responsibility.

“Johnson & Johnson has proven to be a corporation truly dedicated to the overall health and well-being of people across the world,” said NABEF President Marcellus Alexander. “The NAB Education Foundation is pleased to present them with the very first Corporate Leadership Award – an honor Johnson & Johnson fully deserves given its ongoing commitment to global healthcare,” he added.

NABEF had this to say about J&J:

“With a nearly 125-year track record of putting the needs and well-being of people first, Johnson & Johnson has built a reputation as a company dedicated to making people healthier and safer. Working with its community partners, Johnson & Johnson focuses on saving and improving the lives of women and children; building the skills of people who serve community health needs, primarily through education; and preventing diseases and reducing stigma and disability in underserved communities.

For example, the company supports more than 100 philanthropic organizations that work to prevent the spread of HIV among women and improve the lives of women and their families already affected by the disease. In South Africa, Johnson & Johnson partners with mothers2mothers to prevent mother-to-child transmission of the disease, training HIV positive mothers to be mentors to newly pregnant women who are HIV-positive.

The Johnson & Johnson Bridge to Employment program helps high school students understand the many different paths that lead to careers in the health care industry. Community leaders and company employees serve as mentors, providing encouragement and motivation for students to stay in school and go on to college. Over the past 18 years, thousands of students in the U.S. and abroad have participated.”

Weldon, who was elected to the Johnson & Johnson Board of Directors in 2001 and named to his current position in 2002, will be accepting the award on the company’s behalf.

The Celebration of Service to America Awards are sponsored and produced by NABEF with major support from Bonneville International Corporation and the National Association of Broadcasters.