The world is changing at an unprecedented rate. We all share our sustainability challenges: they're global, they're interconnected and they’re intensifying. We understand that growth and responsibility go hand-in-hand. We're doing something about it.
We've set real goals to achieve by 2020, goals that make a difference in real lives. We have a purpose-led strategy that charts a course for sustainable and responsible growth; it's called betterbusiness.
As the global leader of health, hygiene and home, we have a responsibility to change things for the better. 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.
The global challenges the world faces today are complex and universal. We're addressing these challenges by focusing the efforts of our people and products where we can make a difference: energy demand, raw material and deforestation, water scarcity, waste creation, hygiene and the difference we can make to our consumers and communities around the world.
We recognise the impact we make, and we are constantly changing and improving the way we manufacture and design our products to build a better future.
We look at the impact of all of the products we sell, across their entire lifecycle – from the sourcing of raw materials, to the way they are manufactured, used and disposed of. We do this so we can concentrate our efforts in the right places.
Before any product is developed we ask all of our product developers to use our Sustainable Innovation app to measure and reduce ingredients and to highlight packaging alternatives.
We only use the best quality latex that is responsibly sourced. The majority of our condoms are made using natural latex which is produced from the Hevea brasilienesis rubber tree. It is collected by cutting a thin strip of bark from the tree allowing the latex to exude into a collecting vessel over a period of hours. Hevea trees mature at five to seven years of age and can be tapped for up to 30 years.
RB is committed to reducing our environmental footprint and keeping our people safe during the production process. For example, an employee challenge to reduce water resulted in a process efficiency that reduced the amount of water used for rinsing condoms by 12%. The wastewater from the condom manufacturing is even being turned into concrete blocks to use in local schools.
Durex Fetherlite Ultra is the thinnest ever condom from Durex. They are 20% thinner and 25% lighter than standard latex condoms and still provide the same high level of reassurance and protection.
Our packaging is optimised so that we can fit the maximum number of boxes on each pallet.
Our products are sold in almost 200 countries.
Someone Like Me is a social movement championing happier and healthier sex lives across the globe. With the majority of young people not comfortable talking about it, Durex aims to break down taboos and open up the conversation about sex. The campaign, born from the insight that teens and young adults look to the internet and friends for information about their sexual health, aims to spark conversations on social media. Since 2013, the campaign has reached approximately 70 million people through social media alone with sexual health education messaging.
Reducing environmental impact and driving social change are at the heart of our betterbusiness strategy. This has been recognised by our peers and the media.
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.