Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky has revealed that the company is prioritising veterans when it comes to recruitment, according to a report published by CNBC.
Gorsky, a retired Army captain, told CNBC that over 5 percent of the company’s employees are ex-servicemen and women. The company supports initiatives such as American Corporate Partners and the Travis Manion Foundation too, as well as being the official health care partner of the United Service Organization.
J&J employees are trained to understand the backgrounds of those who have served in the military and the company has set up a mentoring program to create a welcoming environment for those transitioning between the military and big business.
According to Gorsky, ex-servicepeople have skills that are translateable to a corporate environment. “It starts really with character with things like integrity. The things they learn at the military academy: duty, honor, country, the honor code. It’s hard work, it’s problem solving, it’s critical thinking, it’s leadership. All those things, that’s what we need more of in business,” he told CNBC.