Catherine (Kinrade) Gross

Manager Responsible Procurement, Johnson & Johnson

Catherine is responsible for the management and execution of Johnson & Johnson’s Sustainable Procurement Program supporting Johnson & Johnson’s aspiration to collaborate with suppliers to accelerate environmental and social improvements across the value chain. In today’s business environment, sustainable procurement practices are increasingly driving companies’ purchasing decisions, policies and reputation. As part of its Health for Humanity 2020 goals, Johnson & Johnson has a target to enroll suppliers covering 80 percent of spend in its Sustainable Procurement Program by 2020. Catherine is responsible for developing, launching, and tracking initiatives across Procurement to deliver on J&J’s commitment. Catherine is also part of the Procurement Leadership Development Program and an active participant in Johnson & Johnson’s Women’s Leadership Initiatives.

Catherine graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a concentration in Environmental Science from Villanova University and has an M.B.A in Strategy and Marketing from Rutgers University. Catherine serves on the Advisory Council for Villanova University’s Innovation, Creativity, Entrepreneurship (ICE) Center.

My Sessions

Getting from vision to action in sustainable purchasing means tackling the tough challenges of measuring supplier performance, shaping new business behaviors, and motivating enduring improvements in sustainability practices. This session will present case examples of the ways in which sustainability ratings have been put into practice to engage buyers and suppliers through a standardized assessment … read more >>

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