Report of the Directors
Business Review

Responsible Care and Regulatory Matters

Responsible Care

Johnson Matthey has aligned its operating practices with the principles of Responsible Care® (as defined in the Global Charter developed by the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA)) and with sustainable development goals and guiding principles (for example those outlined by the UK Chemical Industries Association in its ‘Chemistry of Sustainability’ report).

Responsible Care® is a voluntary programme in which companies commit to continuously improve their environmental, health and safety performance. It places particular emphasis on product stewardship and sustainability, and communication with stakeholders about their products and processes.

Regulatory Matters

Chemical Control Regulations (REACH, GHS, TSCA and Related Standards)

Substantial progress has been made this year to develop further our testing and evaluation programmes in support of our scheduled product registrations for the next EU REACH regulation milestone in mid 2013 (covering medium tonnage substances). We continued to participate in industry consortia to maximise data sharing opportunities and to reduce costs. Preparations for compliance with new Asia region REACH equivalent regulations are also underway.

The majority of the group’s products now conform with the current requirements of the Globally Harmonised System (GHS) for chemical classification and hazard communication. Following the announcement of US implementation of GHS (‘HazCom 2012’), we are also working to implement the associated workplace and hazard communication requirements for this major system.

Manufacturing decorative precious metals for glass and ceramics at our Maastricht facility in the Netherlands.

Our Catalysts and Chemicals business develops and commercialises catalyst technologies for customers in the pharmaceutical and fine chemical industries.

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