Community and Charity

How Johnson Matthey gets involved with and supports communities and charities around the world

Charity and Community
Children Challenging Industry at our Royston site

Johnson Matthey believes that sustainability is inclusive: we have a strong tradition of good community relations and the company and our employees are actively involved in programmes worldwide.

We have an important contribution to make to the economic development of our local communities, not only as an employer but also through collaboration and investment, both financial and in kind.

Our approach to community and charity

Giving back

The majority of our operations participate in activities in their communities – giving to local charities and supporting educational projects, as well getting involved in projects to advance science or stimulate economic regeneration. Many of our sites also allocate a budget to community investment activities.

Our employees also participate in community activities outside work. We encourage employees to take the opportunity to make a difference to their local area. Our Community Investment Policy allows all employees two days` paid leave per year for community or charity work, subject to approval. The company also matches employees' fundraising efforts to agreed limits each year.

Encouraging future talent

We believe firmly in the importance of children studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects at school. We engage in STEM activities with local schools and pupils in a number of our locations, through programmes such as Children Challenging Industry in the UK, coordinated by the Centre for Industry Eduction Collaboration.

Being responsible

We want to develop best practice in our community investment programmes around the world and are a member of the London Benchmarking Group, a group of more than 120 major companies who develop and share best practice in this area. We are also a member of Business in the Community and participate in a number of its programmes.

We aim to be a good corporate neighbour. If we are building a new facility on a Johnson Matthey site, we liaise with the local community to try to minimise the impact of the building works. If we have to close down a business, we work with the community to lessen the impact of our departure and help affected employees.

Charity partnerships

Johnson Matthey has a long history of support for charitable causes – some of them close to the company`s areas of interest, others proposed by employees. We also adopt a charity for a 12 month or longer period and our charity partner becomes the object of staff support and fundraising.

Our current charity partner is Cancer Research UK. They are the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. Their groundbreaking work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has seen survival rates double in the last 40 years.

If you would like to request funding for a charitable project, please download an application form (Word, opens new window).

Recent charity partners include:

We also have a corporate donations programme, with the main areas of giving to medical / health and social welfare programmes. We also support science education activities and programmes – encouraging the next generation of scientists is important to the sustainability of our industry.

Case studies

Examples of our community investment initiatives are presented as case studies on this website and in our Annual Report.