We have a strong sense of community and our place within it. Although we are a global company, we believe that we can make a real difference by acting locally

Children Challenging Industry at our Royston site
Children Challenging Industry at our Royston site
We have a strong tradition of good community relations and the company and our employees are actively involved in programmes worldwide. We understand that 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.

Making a positive impact

Johnson Matthey in the community

Johnson Matthey encourages its employees to participate in community activities to make a difference in their local areas. As part of our Community Investment Policy, all employees can take two days`paid leave per year for volunteer work, subject to approval.

Johnson Matthey also strives to be a good corporate neighbour. As a member of Business in the Community, we work to tackle a wide range of issues that are essential to creating a fairer society and a more sustainable future.

Charitable giving

Johnson Matthey is committed to making a positive impact on the world, and charitable giving is a key way in which we can effect positive change.

Johnson Matthey has a comprehensive charitable giving programme which includes:

  • Our corporate partnership programme with Plan International, which includes both a corporate donation and staff fundraising activities throughout the year.
  • A 'matched funding' programme, where the business will match the funds staff raise for either Plan International or for a charity of their choice.
Support from sites worldwide for causes in their local communities.
Supporting education

Johnson Matthey has supported educational causes since it first partnered with the Royal London Society of the Blind in 1838.

We understand the importance of children studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects at school, and support activities in local schools through programmes such as Children Challenging Industry in the UK, which is coordinated by the Centre for Industry Education Collaboration.

Our support for education extends to other educational causes around the world, such as our longstanding support of three schools in one of the poorest parts of Sri Lanka through the United Kingdom Friends of Galle (UKFG).

Our corporate charity partner

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Johnson Matthey began its partnership with global children's development charity Plan International in 2016. Together we are working on an education programme in Sierra Leone to train women teachers. In a country where 73% of girls have dropped out of school by the age of 11 and with 92% of teachers being men, there is an overwhelming need for more female teachers to ensure girls are not left behind in their education. Working with Plan International and the Open University, the programme is on track to train over 400 teachers and it is estimated that over 120,000 children will directly benefit over the next ten years.

Employees have enthusiastically supported the charity, raising more than £55,000 to date including a £15,000 corporate donation, enough to train 28 teachers. About Plan International Plan is a global charity that works with children in the world's poorest countries so they can move themselves from a life of poverty to a future with opportunity. For 80 years, Plan has been taking action and standing up for every child's right to fulfil their potential by:

  • giving children a healthy start in life, including access to safe drinking water
  • securing the education of girls and boys
  • working with communities to prepare for and survive disaster
  • inspiring children to take a lead in decisions that affect their lives
  • enabling families to earn a living and plan for their children's future
  • Plan is independent, with no religious, political or government affiliation.