Our Positive Impact

Our SDG alignment

Our purpose primarily drives our positive impacts over the longer-term, and these impacts are applicable across multiple sustainability themes. In particular, our positive impacts enable Halma to contribute towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including four SDGs that are highly aligned to our purpose and our products and services – SDG 3 Good health & wellbeing, SDG 6 Clean water & sanitation, SDG 9 Industry, innovation & infrastructure & SDG 11 Sustainable cities & communities.

3-good-health-and-well-being

THE GLOBAL CHALLENGE

Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all ages.

Indicators relevant to Halma

  • Reduce premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment.
  • Reduce the death and injury rate from road traffic accidents.
  • Reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water, soil pollution and contamination.

Our impact

Halma’s technology helps to diagnose and treat disease earlier and more accurately; to improve road safety and to reduce water and air pollution.

6-clean-water-and-sanitation

THE GLOBAL CHALLENGE

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

Indicators relevant to Halma

  • Increase the proportion of the population using safely managed drinking water services.
  • Improve water quality by reducing pollution and minimising the release of hazardous chemicals and materials.
  • Increase the proportion of wastewater safely treated.
  • Substantially increase water-use efficiency.

Our impact

Halma’s products and services help to ensure access to clean drinking water; to ensure efficient and effective wastewater treatment; and to maintain robust water and wastewater networks, minimising leakage and maintaining pressure. During 2020, our water companies invested 6% of their revenue in research and development.

9-industry-innovation-and-infrastructure

THE GLOBAL CHALLENGE

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation.

Indicators relevant to Halma

  • Promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and raise industry’s share of employment.
  • Upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes.
  • Upgrade the technological capabilities of industrial sectors in all countries, encouraging innovation and substantially increasing research and development spending.

Our impact

Halma is continuously developing innovative technologies to increase industrial efficiency and safety. In addition, Halma’s growth strategy provides a major opportunity to help our customers with the challenges of automation and digitisation.

11-sustainable-cities-and-communities

THE GLOBAL CHALLENGE

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Indicators relevant to Halma

  • Reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management.
  • Provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible green and public spaces.

Our impact

Halma’s technology makes cities safer, through fire and security protection and elevator safety products, and products and services addressing safety in public spaces, including enhancing road safety. Halma’s environmental and analysis technology helps to promote cleaner cities, ensure clean drinking water, and monitors gaseous emissions and the treatment of wastewater.

Example impact metrics

Below are some examples of the positive impact we deliver through our products and services, particularly where we contribute towards one of our four chosen SDGs or our key sustainability objective-related themes of climate change and circular economy.

Our impact2 Applicable SDGs
Providing diagnostics and monitoring We supply more than 1 million diagnostic products per year, for blood pressure monitoring, ophthalmology, and other vital signs monitoring.  
Helping improve health outcomes Our products support more than 7 million surgeries per annum, including those to treat preventable blindness.  
Making roads safer We make roads safer, with our road safety technology being used on more than 3,000km of highways.  
Conserving water Our products are used to monitor more than 110,000km of water pipelines. With UK water pipeline leakage estimated at around 8,500 litres per kilometre per day3, our products help conserve billions of litres of water per year.  
Making water safer We enable over 200 million water tests and supply more than 5 million water quality tests to partners working in international relief and development annually.  
Ensuring urban environments and public spaces are safer Our fire detection products protect buildings with an aggregate area of more than 5,000 square kilometres.  
Protecting lives Our gas sensor products protect the safety of more than 250,000 people every day.  
Keeping workers safe Our interlock products protect workers’ safety in more than 40,000 manufacturing and other facilities.  
Supporting the energy transition We protect more than 10,000 wind turbines by supplying over 23,000 fire suppression systems.  

1 We describe and calculate our impact and revenue alignment with the broad principles of the four SDGs as follows:
– SDG 3 – Halma’s technology helps to diagnose and treat disease earlier and more accurately; to improve road safety; and to reduce water and air pollution. Revenue is included from medical companies (excluding CenTrak and Static Systems which focus on hospital communications, logistics and efficiency) and our vehicle flow company.
– SDG 6 – Halma’s products and services help to ensure access to clean drinking water; to ensure efficient and effective wastewater treatment; and to maintain robust water and wastewater networks, minimising leakage and maintaining pressure. Revenue is included from our water analysis and treatment companies.
– SDG 9 – Halma is continuously developing innovative technologies to increase industrial efficiency and safety, and safety in public places. In addition, Halma’s growth strategy provides a major opportunity to help our customers with the challenges of automation and digitisation. We do not currently measure applicable revenues.
– SDG 11 – Halma’s technology makes cities safer, through fire and security protection, elevator safety products, and products and services addressing safety in public spaces, including enhancing road safety. Halma’s environmental and analysis technology helps to promote cleaner cities, ensure clean drinking water, and monitors gaseous emissions and the treatment of wastewater. Revenue is included from our fire, elevator safety, people flow and gas detection companies.
2 These metrics are approximate estimates, based on best available data and a number of management assumptions about usage of our products. The key assumptions are set out in our Basis of Preparation document.
3 Source: Water UK; England and Wales, April 2019 to March 2020.

Example impact case studies

“We make the world a safer, cleaner, healthier place for everyone, every day, while contributing towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.”

Our partnership with WaterAid will utilise our Palintest water testing technologies to deliver long-lasting infrastructure and education to 8,000 people in a remote region of India who suffer from poor water provision. Community volunteers from across 10 villages will also be trained to maintain water quality.

One of Crowcon’s products helps detect refrigerant and SF6 leaks, both significant contributors to climate change.

Oseco-Elfab’s rupture disc products are being specially designed for industrial customers who are transitioning away from SF6, a potent greenhouse gas, to alternative gases within gas insulated switchgear used for electricity transmission.

Labsphere’s remote sensing calibration systems calibrate imaging systems within Earth Orbiting Satellites that monitor climate change and alert authorities to global environmental events. They also calibrate image systems used to provide quick decisions for efficient crop management.

Fortress supplies safety and interlock solutions to numerous clean energy projects, keeping people safe and protecting equipment for years to come in some of the harshest environments. Recent UK projects include offshore wind farms and hydroelectric power and battery storage projects.

Sofis prevents accidental releases of harmful chemicals by providing solutions that make chemical processes safer and more controlled.

Improved safety systems also enable more frequent maintenance and flushing out of waste products, increasing the energy efficiency of the process.

Alicat has almost doubled the number of testing and calibration products sold into R&D facilities that are working on innovation in hydrogen fuel cell applications.

Ocean Insight’s recycling solution detects types of aluminium enabling it to be sorted into different grades within milliseconds. This application increases speed and reduces recycling costs, supporting the transition to a more circular economy.

OneThird uses infrared sensors, AI algorithms and machine learning to predict and extend the shelf-life of fresh produce. This non-invasive solution is helping to reduce food loss and waste, from farm to fork.

OneThird was spun-out from Halma’s digital growth programme in 2021 and Halma retains a minority investment.

Advanced’s fire panels protect cultural heritage as varied as Durham Cathedral, the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, and His Majesty’s Theatre in Perth, Australia.

Cosasco’s products, traditionally used within the Oil & Gas industries, are being applied in municipal facilities to monitor pipe wall thickness degradation and the effectiveness of chemical treatments, to reduce lead contamination, chemical waste and leakage.

Our Sustainability Framework - SDG alignment

Our positive impacts through purpose-aligned growth contribute towards multiple SDGs. In addition, our Sustainability Framework and Sustainable Growth Model enable us to contribute towards those and many other UN SDGs, through the way we do business and create value, how we treat our employees, and how we interact with our communities. In particular, our KSOs are broadly aligned with:

  • Circular Economy – SDG 8 Decent work and economic growth and SDG 12 Responsible consumption and production
  • Climate Change – SDG 7 Affordable and clean energy, SDG 9 Industry, innovation and infrastructure, SDG 13 Climate action
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion – SDG 5 Gender equality, SDG 8 Decent work and economic growth and SDG 10 Reduced inequalities