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Empowering Change 
on the frontlines of health

Delivering a long-term impact to those working on the front lines of care


Sabine Scheppe, 2018 J&J Secondee, describes her six-month secondment with the Aga Khan Foundation in Tanzania and Zanzibar

When Sabine Scheppe from Janssen, Germany heard about the Secondment Program, she knew that this was something she want to do. An opportunity to engage in something totally different, with positive impact on underprivileged children, mothers and families.

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Understanding the unmet needs for the prevention, detection and control of diabetes and hypertension in East Africa

Earlier this month, I traveled to Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda as part of my Johnson & Johnson Lion Secondment.

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Empowering youth to reach their full potential

Learn more about how the J&J Secondment Program is committed to empowering youth through its partnership with SOS Children’s Villages.

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Transferring our skills and knowledge to create long-term change

Launched in 2014, the Secondment Program provides Johnson & Johnson employees with the unique opportunity to give back to society by sharing their business skills and knowledge with our NGO partner organizations in long-term assignments (up to six months). By working with our partners in a holistic approach we can evolve and integrate the program, and fully leverage the skills of our employees to address our partners’ greatest needs.


Creating a triple win

Placing our partner organization at the heart of the program

Underlying the uniqueness of the Secondment Program is our commitment to put the needs of our NGO partner organization first, and to match the right Johnson & Johnson employee with the right skill sets, experience, authenticity and expertise to maximize their contribution to the NGO and long-term outcome.


Professional nursing & midwifery associations are an important cornerstone in ensuring health systems quality. Each secondee has come with expert skills which combined with their extensive commitment to mentoring provides a very effective win/win model of sustainable capacity development. The Secondment Program has effectively strengthened the effectiveness and sustainability of our health capacity development”.

Professor Sharon Brownie,
Former Dean School of Nursing & Midwifery East Africa, Aga Khan University


“Our partnership with Johnson & Johnson is a cornerstone in the foundation of our future ambitions. The investment of their time and energy, teamed with their areas of expertise and experience have brought about valuable developments within North Star Alliance. Johnson & Johnson has helped us get to where we are today, and the future is bright; working together we will continue to bring essential health services to hard-to-reach populations.”

Ylse van der Schoot,
Executive Director, North Star Alliance


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Scaling to make a greater impact

By the end of 2019, sixty of our talented Johnson & Johnson employees from across our business sectors in EMEA will have completed a long-term secondment with eight NGO partners in the field. Sharing their intellect, skills and passion to make a long-term and sustainable impact to those working on the front lines of delivering care whilst growing personally and professionally and bringing fresh insights back into our business.


In-kind donated hours (2014-2019)

Impact figures 2014-2019.
Countries across EMEA
NGO partners
Lion Secondments
Reverse Secondments


Coaching Community

All J&J secondees are coached on their Secondment journey by a team of retired J&J senior executives who invest their time for free to help guide the J&J employees through their often challenging and complex assignments. The team of 12 coaches brings a wealth of consolidated business expertise gained from former senior positions, where they were responsible for managing Johnson & Johnson business operations across EMEA and globally.

Reverse Secondment Program

Every year, we continue to invest in the Secondment Program to further innovate and scale the impact we can deliver. In 2017, we launched the Reverse Secondment Program, enabling employees from our NGO and Network organizations to be seconded within our Company to further develop their expertise and bring new skill sets back into their organisation.

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Lion Secondment Program

Launched in 2019, the Lion Secondment is a new component of the Secondment Program. It enables Johnson & Johnson senior leaders to take on part-time (4-6 months) strategic and advisory assignments with NGO partner organizations, to help strengthen and transform health systems in the EMEA region. ​

The Lion Secondment will be piloted in 2019 with two NGO partners (White Ribbon Alliance​ and the Aga Khan Development Network​) both whom are seeking strategic direction and senior leadership advice to help build their organizational capacity.

​The roles will be remotely based and will allow​ the J&J executives to provide senior level business support to the NGO partners, whilst continuing to manage their leadership role and responsibilities with the Company.