Reducing the impacts of our products and operations

The planet is facing unprecedented challenges and time is running out to avoid catastrophic consequences. We must all play our part in helping to prevent irrevocable environmental damage.

RB is committed to reducing its environmental impacts – and those of its products – while working with partners across the value chain to help lower their environmental footprints. 

Case studies

In response to the Australia’s devastating droughts, our Finish team in Australia initiated the #FinishWaterWaste campaign. Kicking-off in September 2019 in partnership with Rural Aid, it encouraged consumers to pledge to stop pre-rinsing their dishwasher loads, saving 40L of water per dishwasher load.

This is matched by Finish donating 40L of water to rural communities in need. The campaign has got people talking about saving water and raised their awareness of this critical issue. In the wake of the extensive bushfires and drought, the #FinishWaterWaste campaign will continue in 2020 in even bolder ways.

As part of our commitment to NDPE (No Deforestation, Peat, Exploitation), we have partnered with Earthworm Foundation and its Starling project to monitor our palm oil supply chain.

Using radar and satellite imagery data, we can monitor land cover change and intervene if there are early signs of forest cover loss. With this tool we are able to identify risk prone areas, predict potential deforestation and develop corrective actions.

Through Earthworm’s ‘Rurality’ programme, we are helping smallholders use improved farming techniques to address the social and environmental issues associated with palm production. The programme works to improve smallholder access to markets by building connections between them, dealers that buy their fresh fruit bunches and mills in RB’s supply chain in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. We aim to empower smallholders to develop diversified incomes, alongside core farming activity.

Our Nottingham manufacturing site hit 100% zero waste to landfill in 2017. Since then we have focused on finding more ways to reduce waste, recycle and reuse. For example, in 2019, our War on Waste programme led to advances in our Strepsils production, saving approximately 600 tonnes of process raw material waste and helping the site to reduce their waste per unit of production by over 30%.

The site has also eliminated 10,400 single-use bags for plastic packaging for tablets, moved to hand dryers (removing paper towels waste) and changed to boxes to collect blisters, eliminating 109,000 single-use bags from the process.

Since joining RE100, we are on a mission to switch to 100% renewable energy. This can often be challenging when there is not a good supply of renewable electrical power. To solve this problem at one of our largest sites at Sitarganj, India, we increased our investment in on-site solar.

This will power the site and provide hot water. Ultimately, combined with the renewable electricity we buy, Sitarganj’s energy supply is now 100% from renewable sources. This is crucial in combatting climate change, as electricity usage is one of our largest sources of carbon emissions at our sites.