We create products and technologies that benefit the environment, conserve natural resources and improve the quality of life of millions of people around the world

Since the 1970s emission control catalysts made by Johnson Matthey have prevented over half a billion tonnes of pollutants from reaching the atmosphere
Since the 1970s emission control catalysts made by Johnson Matthey have prevented over half a billion tonnes of pollutants from reaching the atmosphere

We are committed to operating our manufacturing processes in the most responsible and efficient way and focused on providing products and technologies that deliver sustainability benefits to our customers and to society.

Many of our products and technologies have a beneficial impact on the environment, on resource efficiency and on human health and wellbeing.

How our products make a difference

How our products make a difference

Our focus on sustainability extends to products and services that enable customers to operate more sustainably, resulting in a cleaner, healthier world. Since our foundation as a gold assayer in 1817, we have pioneered the more efficient use of precious metals and other natural resources, through its innovative technologies. Precious metals are widely used within many consumer and industrial products, from catalytic converters and drugs, to jewellery, dentistry, fuel cells, and almost any electronic device. As a result, these precious metals have become high value materials, and protecting their supply for future use is very important. We have developed advanced industrial recycling and refining processes to support the circular economy (or closed-loop) approach to handling these materials, ensuring that valuable materials used in products can be extracted and reused at the end of a product's life. We are the world's largest recycler of platinum group metals, and its processes separate precious metals from recycling diverse components, including catalysts from cars and industrial applications.

We are also a leading supplier of industrial catalysts and process technologies which enable its customers to optimise their chemical manufacturing processes and make more from less.

In addition to more efficient use of natural resources, our science contributes to cleaner air and improved human health. For example, we have led many groundbreaking developments for emission control catalysts since the 1960s that have contributed to significantly cleaner air around the world today. These include the first rhodium based two-way catalyst for petrol engine vehicles in the early 1970s, the first three-way catalyst in the early 1980s, and the continuously regenerating trap technology for heavy duty diesel vehicles in 1995. Today, one in every three cars worldwide contains a Johnson Matthey catalyst, and its scientists are continuing to lead the next generation of technologies for cleaner air, including emission control catalysts, battery cathode materials and fuel cell components. In the health industry, we are well known for our platinum based anticancer compounds, such as cisplatin and carboplatin; which are used in chemotherapy. We also manufacture a variety of other active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), including opiates and other controlled substances for pharmaceuticals, and components for medical devices.

A life cycle approach

Johnson Matthey’s vision for a sustainable business has always extended beyond how we operate our manufacturing processes and the nature of the products we supply. We are working to more fully understand the sustainability implications of our supply / value chains through conducting supplier audits, expanding the use of tools and metrics to measure impacts. These include carbon footprint, streamlined life cycle assessments and quantitative life cycle analyses. We also undertake assessments of alternative end of life opportunities for specific products (adopting a ‘cradle to cradle’ approach).

In addition to enhancing our understanding of the benefits that our products can bring, this work is also helping us to identify opportunities to improve the sustainability credentials of existing products, develop new, more sustainable products for the future and improve the environmental impacts of our manufacturing processes. Engagement with stakeholders, investment in R&D and an understanding of our product life cycles is providing a firm foundation from which to develop the next generation of sustainable products and technologies for our customers.

Latest developments

One of the two key drivers of our s ustainability vision concerns the development of improved, more efficient products for our customers. As a technology company we invest heavily in research and development (R&D) and many of our R&D programmes are focused on bringing new sustainable products and technologies to the market place.

Read about examples of recently launched products and technologies and those close to commercialisation.