Labor Hall of Fame Honoree (2005)
Robert Wood Johnson
"It is the job of modern management to give the people they employ a full sense of security growing out of accomplishment and performance, as well as a declaration of purpose."
Robert Wood Johnson was one of the 20th Century's most innovative business leaders and he had a close and caring relationship with his employees at Johnson & Johnson. As Chairman of the Board he wrote a one-page Credo of corporate responsibility and said that customers should come first. His employees came next.
He built Johnson & Johnson into the world's largest and most diversified health care company. Under his leadership such products as BAND-AID brand adhesive bandages and Johnson's Baby Powder were introduced and became internationally popular. When he died he left his entire fortune to form The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, now the nation's largest health care philanthropy dedicated to improving the health of all Americans.