“A strong ethical business environment improves our ability to access markets, ensures fair competition, and ultimately, improves health care for people living in regions where efforts are made to prioritize ethics advances,” says Abdul Luheshi, Vice President, Health Care Compliance & Privacy, Johnson & Johnson, Asia Pacific.
Dr. Luheshi is among employees of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies who have committed to shaping our business and industry as advocates of ethical standards.
Since 2010, Johnson & Johnson and other industry leaders have supported the U.S. Department of Commerce on a business ethics initiative among the 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies, many without any codes of ethics. In 2011, senior company executives and experts from the APEC member economies created The Kuala Lumpur Principles: Medical Device Sector Codes of Ethics. Dr. Luheshi and other Johnson & Johnson executives participated in similar forums to create The Mexico City Principles for Voluntary Codes of Ethics in the Biopharmaceutical Sector.
“My biggest learning in participating in this initiative is getting an understanding of the huge complexities and challenges facing industry players. This complexity comes from achieving public-private partnerships among industry and governments that best serve the needs of the people in those environments,” says Dr. Luheshi.
As more cooperation was formed among the industry leaders, creating awareness in other regions where regulations may not exist became a priority. In August 2013, APEC hosted the first Train the Trainer Workshop for Voluntary Codes of Business Ethics in the Medical Device Sector in Kuala Lumpur to provide common, region awareness of anti-corruption trends within the industry, among other objectives.
Dr. Luheshi and Johnson & Johnson leaders from Chile, Vietnam, Singapore, Japan and South Korea were among the trainers who showcased best practices as part of the program.
“Providing training to others is one of the areas I care most about,” says Dr. Luheshi. “It’s especially rewarding to see the training concepts put into action because in the end, it helps us better meet health care needs.”
Johnson & Johnson has a Healthy Future 2015 goal to enhance transparency and engage in meaningful external collaborations.
From the 2013 Johnson & Johnson Annual Report