Our science touches the lives
of millions every day.
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Solving the big global issues
We focus our efforts on three big global challenges: helping to make the world's air cleaner, to keep its people healthy and to use its natural resources more efficiently. We've already made great strides in tackling these issues, and in fact last year our solutions helped relieve symptoms in millions of ill people, stopped more than 20 million tonnes of pollutants in their tracks and help recycle rare elements up to a purity of 99.999%.
Building a sustainable business
Our science makes a huge positive impact on daily lives, not least through our investment in sustainable technologies; in fact, last year more than 93% of our sales came from products with a sustainability benefit. That being said, we know a true commitment to creating a cleaner, healthier world goes beyond our products and services. It's also about doing business in the right way and ensuring we're building a sustainable business platform. And creating a sustainable business doesn't end with us. We build relationships with all our stakeholders to ensure we can work together to help solve some of the world's greatest challenges.
Making a bold commitment
Ten years ago we set out our commitment to make sustainability a part of the way we do business. We achieved what we set out to do by 2017, and because we know there's opportunity to do even more we've set out even more ambitious goals to 2025. It's a long journey to creating a cleaner, healthier world, but we know we have the strategy and dedication to help make it a reality.
Find out more about our approach to sustainability below.
Since we first set out our ambition to make sustainability part of the way we do business in 2007 we've made some great strides in building a sustainable business. We transformed the the efficiency of our operations and reduced their environmental impact, cutting in half both our carbon intensity and energy consumption relative to sales. We delivered improved solutions for our customers, and 93% of our sales now come from sustainable solutions. At the same time, our continuous improvement programme resulted in £142 million in savings, and we created significant value for our shareholders, more than doubling earnings per share. As we enter our third century we remain committed to creating a truly sustainable business, underpinned by six key goals:
- Aspire to zero harm for health and safety.
- Ensure JM is truly inclusive, fostering employee engagement and development within a diverse and global workforce.
- Reduce our greenhouse gas emissions per unit of production output.
- Improve sustainable business practices in our supply chain.
- Increase the positive impact that our products, services and technologies contribute to a cleaner, healthier world.
- Increase our work within our local communities, through JM's employee volunteering programme.
We regularly conduct an assessment of the issues that matter most to our stakeholders, and use this feedback to inform our strategic approach and goal setting. Our sustainable business goals to 2025 therefore address the key material issues for our business - monitoring progress against our targets is used as a means of managing these.
In 2007 we launched our Sustainability 2017 Vision, which aimed to make more efficient use of resources in our operations and focus more on designing new products to help customers become more competitive and sustainable.
To accompany this, we set out six specific goals for the ten-year period. These were supported by a company-wide focus on sustainable practice across five key elements: social, environmental and financial issues, as well as governance (including regulations and reporting), and health and safety. The programme was completed earlier this year, and the final results showed that we reached and exceeded many of its targets.
Good governance is a cornerstone of sustainability and the group has well established policies and management systems to support this which apply to all operations worldwide. Legal requirements are a minimum standard and in many cases our policies and systems are in advance of these.