Johnson & Johnson CEO & Chairman Alex Gorsky’s 31 Year Career of Killing without Accountability: A Blueprint for Corporate America
August 25, 2019
Criminals love to rewrite history to avoid accountability for their crimes. On August 19, 2019 Johnson & Johnson CEO & Chairman Alex Gorsky had the uncontested luxury of creating a false narrative addressed 134,000 employees worldwide in a memo entitled: How Our Credo Became a Blueprint for Corporate America
Next month it will be 31 years since I arrived at Johnson & Johnson to interview for an entry-level job in sales.
Hey Al, what entry-level job in sales was that? It wouldn’t be, no it couldn’t be, Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals where you, Alex Gorsky, were a rep from 1988 until you were promoted to VP of Sales and Marketing at Janssen from 1998-2001 and then promoted again to President of Janssen Pharmaceuticals from 2001-2003. I know you’ve worked really, really hard to rewrite your past to outrun the stain of 31 dead children who were off-label prescribed Risperdal. I mean, it’s a good thing that judge in 2011 during the height of the Risperdal trials thought you, despite being with Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen for 15 years; and, that you approved a $500,000 check for an illegal kickback were just “too high up the food chain” to know what was going during trials in 2012 when the board named you, Alex Gorsky, CEO of Johnson & Johnson Worldwide.
After six years of active duty in the U.S. Army, I was pretty sure I was ready for a new challenge—but less certain that I would find another role where I could feel like I was part of something bigger than myself, and spend my days working alongside people united by a common cause.
The first question the recruiter asked me on that day in 1988 was about Our Credo.
I was aware of J&J’s reputation as a purpose-driven company, and had even taken a trip to my local library to look up Our Credo and copy it out by hand—but I didn’t yet realize just how transformative those 341 words could be. Flash-forward three decades, and I’m still inspired by the clarity that comes from living by Our Credo, and the power generated by sharing these values with the world.
Wait? The reputation of Johnson & Johnson experimenting on prisoners because they were cheaper than chimpanzees? That purpose-driven company? Oh Al, I get it now. Johnson & Johnson just wanted a serial killer in a suit.
Hey buddy, I missed the part in Our Credo though that states “You don’t have to get it 100% right. When you get it 60%, go! Any more time you spend trying to figure it out, you’re going to lose in the speed that you’re missing out on.” Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky. Those values of knowingly & willingly putting profits over consumers and patients might be viewed differently… say by:
Today, the Business Roundtable—an advocacy organization made up of CEOs from some of the largest companies in the United States—released its own statement on the shared purpose of the private sector.
I had the honor of chairing the committee that drafted this new language, which is the first update of the BRT’s purpose since 1997. To me, however, it represents a validation of Our Credo that’s 76 years in the making.
Hey Al, I’ve also drafted new language, check out the hashtag #SerialKillerCEO. Know what’s fun? When a group of criminals get together under the guise of advocacy paid for by the industry, to essentially tell DOJ they’re untouchable while threatening & intimidating their employees into accepting fraud, because they are lawless and untouchable. This “statement” let’s employees know that coming forward as an employee whistleblower for the safety & protection of others is pointless. Fraud is the blueprint for corporate America. Gorsky and goons at Business Roundtable (seriously, fuck the egos on these parasites who have envisioned themselves as modern-day Knights of the Roundtable.)
Decades before corporate social responsibility entered the popular lexicon, Robert Wood Johnson believed that businesses have a purpose in society that extends above and beyond profit—and that Johnson & Johnson could show the world what that looked like in action.
With the new BRT purpose, you can see the continued influence of his visionary spirit.
I worked with many other CEOs to write this new statement, and it was truly a shared effort. Yet, at every step along the way, I was constantly inspired by just how motivating Our Credo was to other top executives as well as myself.
From the direct parallels to serving all stakeholders—not just stockholders—to how we talk about our shared responsibility to provide economic opportunity and raise living standards throughout the United States, our core values really are front and center in this new statement.
Seeing Our Credo influence how the world will view business in the future made me proud of how all of you live up to Robert Wood Johnson’s aspirations every single day.
And it reinforced the paramount importance and impact of my first interview question, all those years ago.
31 years of getting away with killing without accountability makes Johnson & Johnson’s CEO Alex Gorsky one of the worst serial killers that’s ever lived. Gorsky started his career with JNJ subsidiary Janssen, where he should forever be linked to deaths of 31 children and he should be forced to end his 31 year career over the JNJ Janssen opioid crisis, where he spends the next 31 years rotting in federal prison.