Empowering our people
Our science and our people have shaped Johnson Matthey into the truly innovative, progressive and responsible business that it is today. For over 200 years we’ve continued to grow far and wide, across continents and cultures, and now boast around 13,000 employees worldwide. It’s essential that our people, today and in the future, feel safe, valued and supported in the workplace.
People will always be at their best when they feel like they can be themselves at work. And research shows that companies who embrace diversity and create a sense of inclusion, consistently outperform those that don’t.
Equally important, is making sure our people have a voice. We've made great progress in the last few years but we must continue to listen to our people to ensure we keep evolving. One way we've been doing this is through our Employee Resource Groups, which have helped form a bridge between countries, cultures and seniority levels, to ensure all voices are heard.
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Driving progress to 2030 and beyond
DI&B is a critical driver of business performance and we have an ambition and roadmap to ensure that it’s embedded into our culture. As a global company we have a responsibility to ensure that our teams reflect the communities in which we work, which means recruiting, developing and recognising employees from all backgrounds. To that end, we’ve created a diversity, inclusion and belonging ambition that aligns with our 2030 sustainability commitments, as well as specifically for the years ahead.
female representation across all management levels
Working with others
JM works with a number of partners and have signed several initiatives to demonstrate our commitment to diversity and inclusion. We continuously look beyond our business, to measure ourselves against the high standards set by experts and industry benchmarks so that we can continuously develop and improve.
Disability Confident scheme
A government scheme designed to encourage employers to recruit and retain disabled people and those with health conditions.
Visit the Disability Confident website
An initiative collaborating and connecting with 500 of the world's most influential global businesses for disability inclusion.
Visit the Valuable 500 website
A not-for-profit foundation dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) people world-wide.
Visit the Workplace Pride website
If not now, when
One of the largest CEO driven commitments to taking key long term sustainable actions on Black Inclusion.
Visit the If not now, when website
Change the race ratio
A campaign for change, to accelerate racial diversity in business.
Visit the Change the race ratio website
Business Disability Forum
The leading business membership organisation in disability inclusion.
Visit the Business Disability Forum website
UK Armed Forces Covenant
A promise that those who serve or have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.
Visit the UK Armed Forces Covenant website
Living Wage Foundation
Recognising the leadership of responsible employers who choose to pay a real living wage based on the cost of living, not just the government minimum.
Visit the Living Wage Foundation website
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
SWE is the world's largest advocate and catalyst for change for women in engineering and technology.
Visit the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) website
Women in Science & Engineering (WISE)
WISE works to promote the participation, contribution, and success of women in the UK STEM workforce.
Visit the Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) website
Bringing together innovative and high-growth Ethnic Minority Businesses with global corporations committed to creating an inclusive and diverse supply chain.
Visit the MSDUK website
Employee resource groups at JM
Pride in JM
Launched on National Coming Out Day in 2017, Pride in JM aims to enhance the wellbeing and performance of LGBT+ employees and allies. The group has partnered with the not-for-profit foundation to engage and empower colleagues across Johnson Matthey towards an LGBT+ inclusive culture. They are building networks of role models and allies to develop and promote best practices, and to ensure that our employees leave no part of themselves at home when they come to work.
Gender Equality Network
This group aims to advance and achieve gender balance within JM, where women have the same opportunities as men to fulfil their potential, and feel they have a fair share of professional success. By removing the barriers to gender equality in the workplace, we will enable the best personal outcome for our people and in doing so, improve all aspects of JM.
Black Employee Network
Our Black Employee Network’s (BEN) mission is to improve the recruitment, retention and development of black employees at Johnson Matthey. Focusing on the four areas of attract, develop, community outreach and network, it aims to make Johnson Matthey a more inclusive place where all employees can bring their authentic selves to work.
This group focuses on supporting employees with visible and invisible disabilities throughout their career journey. Their work has led to Johnson Matthey becoming a member of the Valuable 500 and a Disability Confident employer. Their goal is to make JM a great place to work, with an environment and culture that welcomes and supports individuals living with physical, mental, or social health conditions to maximise the use of their talents.
Enhance supports both new and existing employees so they feel included, empowered, and inspired to maximise their potential. They aim to create a more connected and inclusive workforce by running a mixture of networking, personal and career development, and social events. As part of their ongoing career development workshops, Johnson Matthey is pursuing accreditation with RSC.
Their mission is to support Johnson Matthey employees in balancing work and family life and making career choices. They offer a safe space to talk through the challenges and joys of parenting, caring responsibilities and family life. In addition to offering webinars relating to work-life balance, they collaborate with global functions and external organisations to get support for individuals with challenges that impact work.
This group is focused on providing a welcoming and supportive space for those who’ve served in the armed forces across the globe. Their mission is to share their experiences, demonstrating the expertise and skills that they bring to work. The group also welcomes family members or anyone who has a connection with the military or who are keen to join the group as a focal point for learning about veterans' experiences. The group will also act as a focal point for Veteran’s Day and remembrance services across the business.
The Asian Network is dedicated to creating a thriving and supportive community for employees at Johnson Matthey who self-identify as Asian. It aims to improve the recruitment, retention, and development of Asian employees and create a more inclusive working environment.
Hispanic/Latinx Organisation for Leadership & Development (HOLA)
HOLA strives to improve the recruitment, retention, and development of Hispanic and Latinx employees at Johnson Matthey. It fosters a safe space that encourages employees to bring their authentic selves to work.
Johnson Matthey has a network of over 100 employees working to champion and model diversity and inclusion locally and across the wider company. They have several roles, including:
- Highlighting local DI&B challenges to ensure they are being captured at a global level.
- Actively educating colleagues on JM matters of DI&B and promoting inclusivity in the workplace.
- Arranging local events to celebrate culture, diversity, and inclusion in partnership with ERGs and with support from HR.