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RB joins global 100 most sustainable corporations in the world

RB top-ranked company in UK, #7 overall in Global 100 index and receives Industry Leader, Gold Class Sustainability Award 2015 from RobecoSAM.

20 Jan 20154 minute read
  • RB top-ranked company in UK, #7 overall in Global 100 index
  • RB receives Industry Leader, Gold Class Sustainability Award 2015 from RobecoSAM

RB  today announces it has ranked 7th in the Corporate Knights Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World (Global 100) Index. RB has also ranked highest amongst the 11 UK companies in this year’s index. This is RB’s first time on the Global 100, one of the world's leading sustainability indices for global equity investors. RB performed particularly well against its peers in the household products industry on energy, carbon, water and waste productivity.

"The Global 100 represent the corporate trailblazers who are forging new ways to make more with less. While RB performed well across all twelve indicators, the success of its sustainability strategy is clearly evidenced by the high scores achieved for energy, carbon, water and waste productivities,” said Toby Heaps, CEO of Corporate Knights.

Since launching their betterbusiness strategy in 2012, the company has decreased their water use by 19%, carbon emissions by 4% and energy use by 6% (all per unit of production, as at 31 Dec 2013). Currently, over 70% of their manufacturing sites are sending zero waste to landfill. 

CEO Rakesh Kapoor said: “I’m proud of the progress we’ve made since launching our betterbusiness sustainability strategy two years ago. Our ranking in the Global 100 is the result of the drive of our people to outperform on our ambitious environment targets as they do in every aspect of our business.”

RB was also the top-scoring household products company in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. As a result, it has been included in RobecoSAM’s 2015 Sustainability Yearbook and has received the Industry Leader, Gold Class distinction for its excellent sustainability performance. 

About betterbusiness

RB is a business inspired by a vision of a world where people are healthier and live better. The company focuses on maximising its positive effects on health and hygiene behaviour of the world’s citizens through education, innovation and collaboration, and on reducing negative environmental and social impacts across the value chain.

RB is targeting a 1/3 reduction in water impact, 1/3 reduction in carbon and to have 1/3 of its net revenue coming from more sustainable products by 2020. It is also the Save the Children charity’s largest FMCG global partner, with a new partnership vision to stop diarrhoea being in the top five of the world’s killers of under-fives. Overall RB wants to reach 200 million people to improve their health and hygiene behaviour. 

RB’s sustainability strategy and latest sustainability report can be found at www.rb.com/sustainability

About the Global 100

The 2015 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World (Global 100) Index is managed by Corporate Knights, a Toronto-based media and investment advisory company. Companies named to the Global 100 index are the top overall sustainability performers in their respective industrial sectors, selected from a starting universe of 4,609 listed companies with a market capitalization greater than $2 billion (USD). The Global 100 is determined using twelve quantitative sustainability indicators, including the amount of revenue companies generate per unit of energy consumed, the ratio of CEO to average worker pay and lost-time injury rate.

For full rankings please visit: www.corporateknights.com/reports/global-100 

About RobecoSAM 

Founded in 1995, RobecoSAM is an investment specialist focused exclusively on Sustainability Investing. It offers asset management, indices, engagement, voting, impact analysis, sustainability assessments, and benchmarking services. Asset management capabilities cater to institutional asset owners and financial intermediaries and cover a range of ESG-integrated investments (in public and private equity), featuring a strong track record in resource efficiency theme strategies. Together with S&P Dow Jones Indices, RobecoSAM publishes the globally recognized Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI). Based on its Corporate Sustainability Assessment, an annual ESG analysis of 2,800 listed companies, RobecoSAM has compiled one of the world’s most comprehensive databases of financially material sustainability information.

About RB

RB (formerly called Reckitt Benckiser) is the world’s leading consumer health and hygiene company. The company has operations in over 60 countries, with headquarters in the UK, Singapore, Dubai and Amsterdam, and sales in almost 200 countries. The company employs approximately 37,000 people worldwide. 

With a purpose of delivering innovative solutions for healthier lives and happier homes, RB is in the top 20 of companies listed on the London Stock Exchange. Today it is the global No. 1 or No. 2 in the majority of its fast-growing categories, driven by an exceptional rate of innovation. Its health, hygiene and home portfolio is led by 19 global Powerbrands including Mucinex, Durex, Scholl, Lysol, Clearasil, Veet, Finish, Air Wick, French’s, Nurofen, Strepsils, Gaviscon, Dettol, Harpic, Bang, Woolite, Mortein, Vanish and Calgon.

Fuelled by a new breed of talent who blend intellectual curiosity with commitment to the highest quality standards, RB is set to redefine the world of consumer health and hygiene. RB people and its culture are at the heart of the company’s success. They have an intense drive for achievement and a desire to outperform wherever they focus, including in sustainability. 

For more information visit www.rb.com or contact sustainability@rb.com