Report of the Directors
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Governance and Sustainability

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Supply Chain Management

Management of supply chain and contractor activities is a core component of the ISO 9000 and ISO 14000 series of standards. Supply chain and contractor management questionnaires are a requirement for achieving and maintaining registration and, as such, ISO registered Johnson Matthey operations require the completion of appropriate questionnaires. For those operations without ISO registration, the group EHS management system provides policy and guidance on supply chain management and contractor control.

The group’s Ethical and Sustainable Procurement Policy provides clear guidance on various topics including those relating to the selection of suppliers, auditing against standards and ethical conduct with suppliers.

Johnson Matthey is confident of the human rights performance of its own operations but recognises that business practices in the supply chain are not always transparent and represent a risk that must be managed. Every effort is made to ensure the issues are managed effectively. We support the principles defined within the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labour Organisation Core Conventions including the conventions in relation to child labour, forced labour, non-discrimination, freedom of association and collective bargaining. Compliance with and respect for these core principles are integrated within the risk assessment procedures and impact assessments which are undertaken when entering into business in a new territory and within the due diligence processes when making an acquisition or entering a joint venture.

Johnson Matthey’s North American businesses have developed a Conflict Free Minerals Policy in response to US legislative moves to address reports on the role of conflict minerals in financing human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The policy was published in March 2011. In January 2012, these businesses also issued a Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy in response to the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act 2010.

Environment, Health and Safety

Johnson Matthey is committed to providing the highest level of protection to the environment and to safeguarding the health, safety and wellbeing of its employees, customers, communities and other stakeholders. This is supported by policies, a comprehensive management system, governance, careful risk assessment, auditing and training which promote continuous improvement and ensure that high standards are achieved at sites worldwide. In addition, all facilities have developed local policies to meet international, national, local and corporate requirements.

The Environment, Health and Safety Policy is a written statement, formulated and agreed by the CEC. Signed by the Chief Executive, it is available at all sites and forms the basis of the group EHS management system.

The group EHS management system is available to all employees via the group intranet. It is regularly reviewed and, together with the corporate policies and objectives, it defines accountability and sets the standards against which conformance audits are assessed.

EHS compliance audits are conducted to maintain continuous improvement and all Johnson Matthey operated manufacturing and research and development facilities are included in the audit programme. Audit frequency for each facility is determined by the scale, inherent risk and past performance of the operation. Audits are carried out by experienced ISO qualified EHS professionals and controlled by the Group EHS Assurance Director. Health management reviews are undertaken every three to four years at all operational sites. They are conducted by the Director of Group Health who provides consulting advice to support the prioritisation and planning of programmes to optimise workplace health and promote workforce sustainability. In addition, all businesses undertake annual health management improvement planning to adjust health programmes to meet changing business needs.

At each board meeting, the board reviews group EHS performance reports for the prior months. These reports set out the group’s EHS performance in terms of accident and incidence rates, lost work days and the rolling all lost time accident rate. The reports also contain information from the businesses across the group on lost time accidents, as well as details of any contractor incidents, occupational illness, sickness absence and any regulatory action. The board reviews EHS strategy and reviews the EHS assurance process on an annual basis.

All EHS audit reports, including health management reviews, are reviewed by the CSR Compliance Committee and appropriate follow up actions are taken on outstanding issues. During 2011/12 a total of 26 detailed compliance audits and 19 one day audit action reviews were completed. Health management reviews were conducted at 16 facilities.

A variety of training programmes are in place to support continuous improvement in EHS performance and regular meetings are held in Europe, North America and Asia to enable the group’s EHS professionals to network, share best practice and discuss the impact of future EHS legislation.

Human Resources

The group’s human resources standards are progressive, consistent and aimed at bringing out the best in our people.

Group policies are supported by detailed regional and individual business procedures which are regularly updated to reflect both regional best practice and local legislation. Site specific human resources policies and procedures are communicated to staff at inductions and through staff handbooks. Human resources policies and risks are examined by the CEC and the CSR Compliance Committee.

The group’s policies on equal opportunities and training are published on the company’s website and are also detailed below.

In line with our Equal Opportunities Policy, we recruit, train and develop employees who meet the requirements of the job role regardless of gender, ethnic origin, age, religion, sexual orientation or disability. The policy recognises that people with disabilities can often be denied a fair chance at work because of misconceptions about their capabilities and seeks to enhance the opportunities available by attempting, wherever possible, to overcome obstacles, such as the need to modify equipment, restructure jobs or to improve access to premises, provided such action does not compromise health and safety standards.

Similarly, employees who become disabled during their employment will be offered employment opportunities consistent with their capabilities. We value the diversity of our people as a core component of a sustainable business and employment applications are welcomed and encouraged from all sections of the community including minority groups.

The Management Development and Remuneration Committee takes a special interest in ensuring compliance with the Training and Development Policy objectives in order to:

View the policy online.

Following the development last year of a ten year human resources strategy to support business growth over the next decade, the focus now is on significant recruitment in our operations in Asia as our businesses in the region continue to expand.

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