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RB included in Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for second year running

RB, the health, hygiene and home consumer goods company included in DJSI World Index economic, environmental and social categories. 

RB (LON: RB) today announces it has once again been included in Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), scoring highly in the Household Products industry category for the broad economic, social and environmental dimensions. 

Specifically, RB achieved top scores in supply chain management, tax strategy, packaging, corporate citizenship and philanthropy, environmental policy, occupational health and safety, product stewardship and environmental reporting. Earlier this year RB was ranked fourth globally in the Newsweek Green Rankings, one of the world’s foremost rankings on corporate sustainability. 

As part of its betterbusiness strategy, the company focuses on delivering education, innovation and philanthropic support that can have positive effects on health and hygiene behaviour across the globe. It also is committed to reducing negative environmental and social impacts across the value chain. 

CEO Rakesh Kapoor said: “Our betterbusiness strategy is at the heart of the business and plays an integral role in how we innovate and manufacture products. RB has ambitious sustainability goals for 2020 and we’re proud that our performance so far has once again been recognised in the latest Dow Jones Sustainability Index. This is an important achievement for RB, our partners, customers, shareholders and employees.” 

Sustainability goals for 2020 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 is making great progress towards its betterbusiness goals for 2020, including  

• 2% reduction in total product water impact per dose and 3% reduction in carbon footprint per dose in 2014 

• Over 74% of factories achieved zero manufacturing waste to landfill status 

• 70 million young people engaged in sexual health awareness campaign since 2013

• £6.5 million committed to Save the Children in 2014 RB’s sustainability strategy and latest sustainability report can be found at www.rb.com/sustainability 

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About the Dow Jones Sustainability™ Indices: 

The Dow Jones Sustainability™ Indices are maintained collaboratively by S&P Dow Jones Indices and RobecoSAM. Following a best-in-class approach, the indices measure the performance of the world's sustainability leaders. Companies are selected for the indices based on a comprehensive assessment of long-term economic, environmental and social criteria that account for general as well as industry-specific sustainability trends. Only firms that lead their industries based on this assessment are included in the indices. The indices are created and maintained according to a systematic methodology, allowing investors to appropriately benchmark sustainability-driven funds and derivatives over the long term. For additional information on the Dow Jones Sustainability™ Indices, including a full suite of index literature, please visit the official index web site at www.sustainability-index.com

About RB 

RB* is the world’s leading consumer health and hygiene company. The company has operations in over 60 countries, with headquarters in London, Dubai and Amsterdam, and sales in most countries across the globe. The company employs approximately c. 37,000 people worldwide.

Inspired by a purpose to deliver innovative solutions for healthier lives and happier homes, RB is in the top 20 companies listed on the London Stock Exchange. We are the global No 1or No 2 in the majority of our fast-growing categories, driven by an exceptional focus on innovation. Our health, hygiene and home portfolio is led by our global Powerbrands including Nurofen, Strepsils Gaviscon, Mucinex, Durex, Scholl, Clearasil, Lysol, Dettol, Veet, Harpic, Cillit Bang, Mortein, Finish, Vanish, Calgon, Air Wick, Woolite and French’s. Our Powerbrands represent 80% of net revenue. 

RB is redefining the world of consumer health and hygiene. Our people and unique culture are at the heart of our success. We have a drive for achievement and a passion to outperform wherever we focus, including sustainability where we are targeting a 1/3 reduction in water impact, 1/3 reduction in carbon and 1/3 of net revenue from more sustainable products. We are proud to be Save the Children’s largest global partner, with a new vision to radically reduce one the world’s largest killer of under 5s, diarrhoea. 

For more information visit www.rb.com 

*RB is the trading name of Reckitt Benckiser group of companies 

Media Contacts: Reckitt Benckiser (RB) 
Patty O’Hayer 
Director External Affairs 
+44 1753 446447