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  • Overall approach
    5/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      4/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Deforestation-Free
      4/6
      "This includes our goal of achieving ‘No Deforestation, Peat development and Exploitation of people’ (NDPE) in our supply chain."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      0/1
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC commit to only source raw materials that "do not contribute towards deforestation or degradation of peatlands of any depth, primary forests2 or High Conservation Value areas, as defined by the HCV Network".
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    50/86
    • Palm oil
      59/86
      • Commitment Strength
        28/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          13/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation
            "This includes our goal of achieving ‘No Deforestation, Peat development and Exploitation of people’ (NDPE) in our supply chain."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "This includes our goal of achieving ‘No Deforestation, Peat development and Exploitation of people’ (NDPE) in our supply chain."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "This includes our goal of achieving ‘No Deforestation, Peat development and Exploitation of people’ (NDPE) in our supply chain."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "This includes our goal of achieving ‘No Deforestation, Peat development and Exploitation of people’ (NDPE) in our supply chain."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "This includes our goal of achieving ‘No Deforestation, Peat development and Exploitation of people’ (NDPE) in our supply chain."
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "We remain committed to the goal of ensuring that our supply chains are deforestation free by 2020 and other forms of ecological destruction, such as degradation of peatlands (of any depth) or high conservation value areas."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "We remain committed to the goal of ensuring that our supply chains are deforestation free by 2020 and other forms of ecological destruction, such as degradation of peatlands (of any depth) or high conservation value areas."
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          11/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "This includes our goal of achieving ‘No Deforestation, Peat development and Exploitation of people’ (NDPE) in our supply chain." "We believe this date [31/12/2015] should represent the point from which clearance of HCV and HCS areas is judged as incompatible with NDPE commitments. We will work closely with our supply chains in 2019 to ensure this is acted on".
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "This includes our goal of achieving ‘No Deforestation, Peat development and Exploitation of people’ (NDPE) in our supply chain." "We believe this date [31/12/2015] should represent the point from which clearance of HCV and HCS areas is judged as incompatible with NDPE commitments. We will work closely with our supply chains in 2019 to ensure this is acted on".
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "This includes our goal of achieving ‘No Deforestation, Peat development and Exploitation of people’ (NDPE) in our supply chain." "We believe this date [31/12/2015] should represent the point from which clearance of HCV and HCS areas is judged as incompatible with NDPE commitments. We will work closely with our supply chains in 2019 to ensure this is acted on".
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "This includes our goal of achieving ‘No Deforestation, Peat development and Exploitation of people’ (NDPE) in our supply chain." "We believe this date [31/12/2015] should represent the point from which clearance of HCV and HCS areas is judged as incompatible with NDPE commitments. We will work closely with our supply chains in 2019 to ensure this is acted on".
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "This includes our goal of achieving ‘No Deforestation, Peat development and Exploitation of people’ (NDPE) in our supply chain." "We believe this date [31/12/2015] should represent the point from which clearance of HCV and HCS areas is judged as incompatible with NDPE commitments. We will work closely with our supply chains in 2019 to ensure this is acted on".
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "We remain committed to the goal of ensuring that our supply chains are deforestation free by 2020 and other forms of ecological destruction, such as degradation of peatlands (of any depth) or high conservation value areas."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "We remain committed to the goal of ensuring that our supply chains are deforestation free by 2020 and other forms of ecological destruction, such as degradation of peatlands (of any depth) or high conservation value areas."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          5/11
          • Commitment details
            downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, checks compliance
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, checks compliance
            4/4
            Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC aim for "95% palm traceability to mill for suppliers globally (excluding surfactants)".
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC aim for "95% palm traceability to mill for suppliers globally (excluding surfactants)".
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            "(excluding surfactants)"
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC aim for "95% palm traceability to mill for suppliers globally (excluding surfactants)".
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC aim for "95% palm traceability to mill for suppliers globally (excluding surfactants)".
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        18/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            88% traceability to the mill was achieved in 2018.
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          31/12/2015
          Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC state that they abide by the "Observation of a forest conversion cut-off date of 31 December 2015".
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          "Specific due diligence is then performed for materials deemed to be of a higher priority. Our compliance monitoring programme includes suppliers of key natural raw materials, all of whom must comply with our policy which is an integral part of our commercial contracts. Our compliance monitoring activities include [...] In-depth responsible sourcing programmes [...] Traceability and compliance questionnaires [...] Supplier engagement including visits, meetings and assessments [...] Independent audits".
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          "We believe that working with suppliers to addressnon-compliance in our supply chain can be a better long-termsolution than immediately discontinuing work with them.However, if mutually acceptable solutions cannot be reachedwithin appropriate timescales, we may be required to suspendour business relationship until a satisfactory solution can be found."
        • Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC reported a list of their suppliers' palm oil mills in 2017.
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Attending & contributing to meetings; Providing support/advice/experience/expertise
          "Through our partnership with Earthworm (formally The Forest Trust) we continue to focus on developing a comprehensive understanding of our value chain by mapping and assessing the complex risks in our palm oil supply chain."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          12700 tonnes
          Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC reported their total palm oil consumption as 172,428.00 tonnes in the RSPO ACOP 2018, of which 12700 tonnes was certified.
      • Social Considerations
        13/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          "Suppliers must have a policy in place to reach free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) (vii) of the local communities impacted by new plantations. Plus have a systematic process to facilitate and demonstrate FPIC".
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Reckitt Benckiser Group state that they abide by the minimum standards for human rights as set by the ILO. They require their suppliers to ensure their workers have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Reckitt Benckiser Group require their suppliers to ensure that their workers are not discriminated against on the basis of gender.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          "This 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 Sabah, Malaysia and East Riau, Indonesia and in Southern Thailand. In each instance, considerable effort is placed on empowering smallholders to develop diversified incomes, alongside core farming activity."
    • Pulp & Paper
      40/86
      • Commitment Strength
        23/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          13/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Certification schemes mentioned: FSC; PEFC
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation; Certification
            "We aim to ensure that 100% of the paper and board we use is either certified to FSC or PEFC standards by 2020". "This includes our goal of achieving ‘No Deforestation, Peat development and Exploitation of people’ (NDPE) in our supply chain."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "We aim to ensure that 100% of the paper and board we use is either certified to FSC or PEFC standards by 2020". "This includes our goal of achieving ‘No Deforestation, Peat development and Exploitation of people’ (NDPE) in our supply chain."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "We aim to ensure that 100% of the paper and board we use is either certified to FSC or PEFC standards by 2020". "This includes our goal of achieving ‘No Deforestation, Peat development and Exploitation of people’ (NDPE) in our supply chain."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "We aim to ensure that 100% of the paper and board we use is either certified to FSC or PEFC standards by 2020". "This includes our goal of achieving ‘No Deforestation, Peat development and Exploitation of people’ (NDPE) in our supply chain."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "We aim to ensure that 100% of the paper and board we use is either certified to FSC or PEFC standards by 2020". "This includes our goal of achieving ‘No Deforestation, Peat development and Exploitation of people’ (NDPE) in our supply chain."
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "We aim to ensure that 100% of the paper and board we use is either certified to FSC or PEFC standards by 2020". "This includes our goal of achieving ‘No Deforestation, Peat development and Exploitation of people’ (NDPE) in our supply chain."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "We aim to ensure that 100% of the paper and board we use is either certified to FSC or PEFC standards by 2020". "This includes our goal of achieving ‘No Deforestation, Peat development and Exploitation of people’ (NDPE) in our supply chain."
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          11/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content
            Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC aim to have "100% paper and board from certified or recycled sources by 2020".
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC aim to have "100% paper and board from certified or recycled sources by 2020".
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC aim to have "100% paper and board from certified or recycled sources by 2020".
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC aim to have "100% paper and board from certified or recycled sources by 2020".
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC aim to have "100% paper and board from certified or recycled sources by 2020".
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC aim to have "100% paper and board from certified or recycled sources by 2020".
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC aim to have "100% paper and board from certified or recycled sources by 2020".
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
            Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        8/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          4/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            "90.5% from certified or recycled sources (excluding co-packers)" in 2018.
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            "90.5% from certified or recycled sources (excluding co-packers)" in 2018.
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
            certification
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
            certification
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          "Specific due diligence is then performed for materials deemed to be of a higher priority. Our compliance monitoring programme includes suppliers of key natural raw materials, all of whom must comply with our policy which is an integral part of our commercial contracts. Our compliance monitoring activities include [...] In-depth responsible sourcing programmes [...] Traceability and compliance questionnaires [...] Supplier engagement including visits, meetings and assessments [...] Independent audits".
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          "We believe that working with suppliers to addressnon-compliance in our supply chain can be a better long-termsolution than immediately discontinuing work with them.However, if mutually acceptable solutions cannot be reachedwithin appropriate timescales, we may be required to suspendour business relationship until a satisfactory solution can be found."
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        9/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          "Suppliers must have a policy in place to reach free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) (vii) of the local communities impacted by new plantations. Plus have a systematic process to facilitate and demonstrate FPIC".
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Reckitt Benckiser Group state that they abide by the minimum standards for human rights as set by the ILO. They require their suppliers to ensure their workers have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Reckitt Benckiser Group require their suppliers to ensure that their workers are not discriminated against on the basis of gender.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    26/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    13/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    11/16
    Avg. score

Profile

Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC is a UK based manufacturer of health, home, and personal care products. Brands include Dettol, Vanish, Air Wick, Finish, Strepsol, French’s, and Cillit Bang. The company produce washing detergents, soap tablets, health products, dressings and sauces among other products. The company is operating in more than 60 countries, and employ over 35,000 people. Reckitt Benckiser used 125,843 tonnes of palm oil in 2015.    

Sector
Industry sector 
Cosmetics & personal care, Home care
Segments
Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
United Kingdom
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

Air Wick, Cillit Bang, Clearasil, Dettol, Durex, E45, Finish, Gaviscon, Harpic, Lemsip, Marigold, Nurofen, Optrex, Scholl, Strepsils, Vanish, Veet

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