We’re 37,000 entrepreneurs, all inspired by a vision of a world where people are healthier and live better. At the heart of our rapidly growing consumer health business is a passionate desire to help people feel better. We invest in research and development to find new ways for people to look after themselves, their families and homes.
We believe there's a better way to do business – we like to call it 'betterbusiness'. Socially, environmentally and financially, we act responsibly and sustainably. We believe passionately in doing things the right way, and we believe the better way helps us deliver high quality products that touch consumers each and every day. Health is no longer just the absence of illness, it’s being able to lead a fitter and happier life. Our responsibility is to help people achieve this, while making the right kind of social and environmental impact. That’s what we call betterbusiness.
We follow a set of values that help us realize our purpose and vision.
Behaviours we see in Responsibility:
Behaviours we see in Ownership:
Behaviours we see in Entrepreneurship:
Behaviours we see in Outperformance:
Behaviours we see in Partnership:
Life is changing, getting faster and more demanding. We provide solutions that help people deal with these new challenges. This is why we’re one of the fastest growing companies in one of the fastest growing markets – we drive consumer health forward through innovation.
In fact, we’ve redefined the consumer health market by combining our in-depth consumer knowledge with the speed of decision making we’ve gained in fast moving consumer goods. Our culture of entrepreneurship puts ideas ahead of hierarchy, so we get the best ideas developed rapidly. This is why our brands are market leaders in most categories.
"R&D is the spark that helps fuel our growth."
Our roots stretch back over 150 years. Building our solutions around consumer needs using cutting-edge science has shaped our history of strong financial performance coupled with social responsibility.
Isaac and Thomas Reckitt, build the Maud Foster Mill at Boston in Lincolnshire.
Johann A. Benckiser founds Benckiser, an industrial chemicals business.
The world's first soluble aspirin and the fruit of many years of research undertaken in difficult conditions in the war years.
Benckiser acquired Finish in 1987 to complement its Calgonit automatic dishwasher range, which was to launch in 1964.
Patented industrial chemicals technology crosses over into home use with this household water softener for the washing machine.
The depilatory product, which had been on the market since the 1920s, joins the family.
Reckitt & Colman and Benckiser merge to become Reckitt Benckiser.
RB joins forces with Save the Children to be its new corporate partner. To date, we’ve raised almost $37 million.
Powerful new surface cleaner launches in 68 countries in just one year. Bang!
RB completes the acquisition of Boots Healthcare International, gaining a new platform for growth in the OTC consumer health market.
From its UK launch in 1999, Vanish becomes market leader in 75% of the 57 countries it now sells in, making it No.1 in the world!
RB enters USA’s OTC market when it acquires the country’s No. 1 cough remedy.
Acquisition of SSL International brings two new world-famous, trusted Powerbrands.
Company strategy realigns to focus on health and hygiene.
RB acquires a number of brands including MegaRed, strengthening its position in the growing health and wellness market.
The leader in intimate lubricants joins the RB family.
Our leadership consists of a diverse range of skills and experience from the business world. This provides us with an eclectic but effective mix of outlooks, ensuring stability, expert guidance and stewardship of our unique culture.
We’re truly global. We have operations in over 60 countries worldwide and our products are trusted in most markets across the globe.