Greenhouse gas



Climate change is a real threat to society that must be addressed in order to avoid the consequences that are predicted will occur. RB is committed to making more with less; continually reducing emissions while producing more and growing the business. Through the implementation of energy efficient production processes, the purchasing of energy from renewable sources, the implementation of renewable technologies on-site, and we will continue to reduce our manufacturing emissions.


Since 2012:

1% increase in carbon footprint^

16% reduction in energy*

14% reduction of carbon emissions*


Our 2020 Goal: 1/3 less carbon footprint per dose of product.

Determining our total carbon footprint entails a robust and comprehensive calculation of GHG emissions throughout the lifecycle of our products – from the sourcing of raw materials to the way they are manufactured, used and disposed of. Since we now measure the impacts of all of our new products using our Sustainable Innovations App, we have been able to change the way we measure our total carbon footprint from a top-down to a product-level approach, which has enabled us to gain better insights into the impacts our products are having globally. This change has required us to update our 2012 baseline to match our new methodology. See below for the carbon footprint split between lifecycle stages (2015 data):

We’re working to reduce carbon emissions, especially where we have the biggest impact: consumer use, and raw and packaging materials. We assess each product against carbon footprint in these areas.

Improvements made to the Express Pedi in 2015 not only improved the product’s visual appeal and durability but also decreased the amount of packaging materials used. Following the success of Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi in 2014, we challenged ourselves to find ways to drive even stronger growth. Aligned with our FUEL programme, we implemented product improvements that enhanced sustainability while simultaneously delivering cost savings.

These improvements focused on two areas. Firstly, packaging changes improved the product’s visibility at the point of sale while decreasing the amount of materials used. Secondly, product enhancements reduced the complexity of the device while increasing durability. In total, we made a 26% reduction in material weight per product, saving approximately 300 tonnes of PET and 137 tonnes of paper and board each year. Combined, these changes will save over £5m and 3,500 tonnes CO2 per year.


Our 2020 goals:

35% reduction in energy*

40% reduction in carbon emissions*

Since 2012:

16% reduction in energy*

14% reduction of carbon emissions*

Since 2012, we have made great progress in improving the energy efficiency and reducing the carbon footprint of our facilities. Some initiatives conducted include: 

  • The installation of a roof-mounted solar PV system at our Belle Mead facility in New Jersey, USA. The 2.5 megawatt system provides electricity that supplements the daily requirements of the site. This will eliminate
    1,500 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.
  • Six of our manufacturing sites certified to ISO 50001, recognising the energy management systems that each location has implemented to monitor and improve their energy efficiency.
  • A 16% reduction in GHG emissions in our Nowy Dwor facility, Poland, through utilising CHP heat recovery, installing LED lighting and converting the heating system from electrical to steam based. 
  • A 1,000 tonne CO2 saving in our St. Peters facility, USA, amounting to a £300,000 saving annually through moving incoming bulk material by rail rather than road. This has also led to a 30% reduction in tank farm traffic.

In partnership with E.ON we replaced the existing 7.5 MW CHP plant and installed an efficient 1.5 MW gas-fired CHP plant on our Mira manufacturing site in Italy.  This generates 13GWh of electricity and 12GWh of heat annually for use in production processes, resulting in an annual energy and carbon saving of 30% and 4,300 tonnes respectively.

For the seventh consecutive year, we have been identified as a leader in the 2015 Carbon Disclosure Project and listed in the CDP FTSE 350 Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI). We achieved a disclosure score of 99 and performance rating of A- .

Trees for Change

RB’s Trees for Change programme launched in 2006 because we believe it is important to actively mitigate our company’s impact on climate changeBy planting trees we help to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere that would otherwise have remained there contributing to global warming. 

Our goal is to plant enough trees to take in the same amount of carbon dioxide as our manufacturing operations will generate from 2006 to 2017, effectively making our manufacturing operations carbon neutral. This programme supplements our ambitious carbon reduction target – to reduce our total carbon footprint by 1/3.  

We manage this programme in-house rather than using an external offsetting company, which means we’re responsible for making sure enough trees survive and grow, including replacing the ones that don’t make it. 

Since 2006, we have planted and maintained over 8 million native trees. In 2015, we planted 1,303,000 trees and extended our total holdings for the programme to over 121 sq. km.

We have always strived to be a good neighbour. We understand that land use priorities are changing within British Colombia. As a result, in 2015, we paused the scheme pending a thorough assessment of the programme. As part of this review, we have engaged with local stakeholders to understand how RB’s Trees for Change programme can continue to make a positive contribution to the local community.

Our methodology for estimating the carbon sequestered by the trees planted through our programme is aligned with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Good Practice Guidance for Land Use and Land-Use Change & Forestry Projects which is independently assured:

Trees for change reporting criteria

Mangrove planting in Thailand

In October 2013, our supply manufacturing director in Thailand led 30 staff from the Bangpakong condom plant out into the muddy waters of Bangpu Nature Education Center. They were planting 1,000 mangrove tree saplings which will protect the coastline as well as absorb approximately 30 tonnes of CO2 a year. 

*=per unit of production

^=per dose