Making a difference
Our purpose at RB is to make a difference, by giving people innovative solutions for healthier lives and happier homes. A key part of this is to ensure we deliver on our responsibility to make a lasting and meaningful impact on society and the environment. This is a global responsibility: one that we all share and one we aim to deliver right across our value chain.
But as the world changes, so do the challenges we face. Conversations around plastic use and organisational culture have entered the public consciousness in a way that didn’t exist even a few years ago. Similarly, climate change and reducing environmental impact continue to climb the agenda, while the focus on health & safety and human rights remains as important as ever. These challenges are interconnected and they’re intensifying. And we’re doing something about it.
It is against this evolving backdrop that we’ve set out our sustainability focus areas:
As the global leader of health, hygiene and home, we’re committed to improving the lives of those who work with us in any capacity and to making a difference in communities around the globe.
For complex environmental challenges, we’re focusing our efforts of our people and products where we can make a difference: energy demand, raw material and deforestation, water scarcity, waste creation and hygiene. We are also focusing on improving the way we manufacture and design our products to help reduce our impact on resources and deliver greater benefit.
You can read more about our approach to delivering our sustainability plan in our ‘Sustainability governance and strategy’ Insight, and how we assess the sustainability issues that are most relevant to our business and stakeholders to prioritise areas of activity, ensuring that our resources are focused on the things that matter most, in our ‘Materiality’ Insight.
The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outline the global priorities for ending poverty, protecting the environment and ensuring prosperity for all.
We fully support delivery of all the SDG goals and supporting targets by 2030. We believe we can make the biggest impact on the following four goals.
We have also highlighted our contribution to other relevant goals – look out for the SDG icons throughout our sustainability reporting.
Recognition and partnerships
To better reduce environmental impact and drive social change, we have partnered with like-minded organisations.
We know that through partnerships like these we can create greater scale and impact through collaboration. You can find more information about these partnerships, as well as our recognition for our work by our peers and the media.Recognition and partnerships
Reporting on our work
As our stakeholders and their way of consuming content changes, so has our approach to sustainability reporting.
The Responsibility section of our website has been expanded and streamlined, with each section supported by a detailed ‘RB Insight’. These documents provide further information on each topic, as well as our methodologies, definitions, policies and standards.
In conjunction with more traditional reporting, such as our Annual Report, we see this as an opportunity to give our stakeholders more timely and relevant information on our sustainability initiatives. You can read more about our approach in our ‘Sustainability reporting and assurance’ Insight.
Policies and reports
Our responsibility is to follow legislation and policy diligently.
We’ve created this database of policies and reports to communicate our position on a comprehensive range of issues.Policies and reports