In May 2020, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) announced it will stop selling its popular talc-based baby powder—which is linked to ovarian cancer in the US and Canada.
However, J&J refuses to stop selling this dangerous product globally — pushing their talc-based powder on predominately Black and Brown communities around the world. This is racist and unacceptable.
J&J has a legacy of targeting women of color. In the 70’s, when Johnson & Johnson learned of the links between ovarian cancer and talc-based powder, instead of pulling its product from store shelves, it decided to more aggressively market to Black & Brown communities.
Earlier this year, J&J’s CEO, Alex Gorsky, released a statement pledging to address racism and to stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Continuing to target Black communities with predatory marketing of a product linked to cancer is not a sign that Johnson & Johnson cares about the Black community.
Women’s Voices for the Earth and over 200 organizations from around the globe have joined Black Women for Wellness in demanding Johnson & Johnson commit to fully removing its talc-based baby powder from the global market and end the company’s targeted marketing to Black women and other historically marginalized communities. Women everywhere, especially women of color, are concerned about possible asbestos contamination in talc and the talc-ovarian cancer link. J&J should do the right thing and stop gambling with women’s health.
Join us in urging Johnson & Johnson to remove its
asbestos-contaminated talc-based baby powder from the global market now!