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  • Overall approach
    7/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      3/4
      Zero deforestation/Deforestation-free commitment or, for timber, pulp & paper companies only, commitment to well implemented harvest and no deforestation of HCV & HCS areas
      3/4
      "RB is committed to responsible business conduct which includes ensuring the natural raw materials used in our products are produced in a manner that meets or goes beyond applicable laws and regulations, respects human rights, safeguards health & safety, protects the environment, does not cause deforestation"
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Which initiatives?: Consumer Goods Forum Deforestation resolution (being a member of the CGF is not sufficient); UN Global Compact

      If Other Initiative, specify::
      Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC is a signatory to the Consumer Goods Forum and the UN Global Compact
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "Global demand for natural raw materials continues to put pressure on the natural environment, contributing to the decline of wildlife and biodiversity. We have a responsibility to ensure that raw materials are being sourced sustainably."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Does the company recognise the risk as financial, operational, competition, reputational, or other? Please detail.: reputational
      "Why is responsible sourcing of natural materials important? Extracting or harvesting natural raw materials can have significant impacts on the environment and communities. This includes deforestation and infringing the rights of indigenous peoples. Failure to source materials responsibly can damage your reputation, making it difficult to meet your customers’ standards. It can also result in shortages and disruption to supplies of materials and products to customers."
    • High-level management of deforestion
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      How often does the committee or board meet to assess company's progress on addressing deforestation-related issues?: Quarterly

      Which commodities does it apply to?: Palm oil; Soy; Pulp & Paper
      "Our Board of Directors is responsible for the overall stewardship of the Company and delivery against strategy, through our executive leadership team. This includes setting our values and standards, and overseeing sustainability and corporate responsibility [...] Against the backdrop of COVID-19 and the three themes underlying our new Sustainability Strategy, the six priorities identified in our 2019 materiality assessment remain important to us: [...] Traceable, responsible ingredients and impacts on land and biodiversity [...] The Committee meets quarterly to review our progress against our sustainability strategy, and performance against our 2020 targets" includes deforestation
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
      Yes
      0/0
      What is the target date for the company to achieve their climate target?: 2040

      Type of climate target: Net-zero emissions
      "That's why in June 2020, we pledged to accelerate the delivery of the Paris Climate Change Agreement to keep global warming to below 1.5°C. We have committed to reduce carbon emissions from our sites by 65% and to power our operations with 100% renewable electricity by 2030, with the ambition of net zero carbon emissions by 2040."
  • Commodity score
    49/88
    • Palm oil
      66/88
      • Commitment Strength
        16/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          6/8
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Does the company have a commitment to the protection of other specific named ecosystems?: Peat

            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
            "Our standard sets out a forest-positive, no-deforestation, no-peat, no-exploitation (NDPE) approach to the sourcing of palm oil. This incorporates our ambition to ensure our palm oil supply chains contain: no deforestation, no development on peatlands (of any depth)"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Our standard sets out a forest-positive, no-deforestation, no-peat, no-exploitation (NDPE) approach to the sourcing of palm oil. This incorporates our ambition to ensure our palm oil supply chains contain: no deforestation, no development on peatlands (of any depth)"
          • Target date
            Past target date, not updated or not achieved
            0/0.7
            Target date
            Past target date, not updated or not achieved
            0/0.7
            "We are committed to: • zero deforestation • zero development on peatlands (of any depth)" "Supplier compliance with our No Deforestation, Peatland development or Exploitation (NDPE) policy, relating to their operations inside and outside of our direct supply chains, is a contractual obligation of utmost importance." "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."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.3/0.3
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: 2023
            ">80% of the palm oil used in our products in 2023 with be RSPO certified using a combination of physically segregated oil and RSPO credits where available of certified, segregated oils is not possible"
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          5/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "Our standard sets out a forest-positive, no-deforestation, no-peat, no-exploitation (NDPE) approach to the sourcing of palm oil. This incorporates our ambition to ensure our palm oil supply chains contain: no deforestation, no development on peatlands (of any depth) [...] We require suppliers to proactively ensure the protection of ecosystems that are legally protected and widely recognised as important, e.g. those defined as HCV or HCS"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Our standard sets out a forest-positive, no-deforestation, no-peat, no-exploitation (NDPE) approach to the sourcing of palm oil. This incorporates our ambition to ensure our palm oil supply chains contain: no deforestation, no development on peatlands (of any depth) [...] We require suppliers to proactively ensure the protection of ecosystems that are legally protected and widely recognised as important, e.g. those defined as HCV or HCS"
          • Target date
            Past target date, not updated or not achieved
            0/0.7
            Target date
            Past target date, not updated or not achieved
            0/0.7
            From previous report: "We are committed to: • zero deforestation • zero development on peatlands (of any depth)" "Ensure natural raw materials are not from sources that contribute to deforestation or degradation of High Carbon Stock forests". " 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."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.3/0.3
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: 2023
            ">80% of the palm oil used in our products in 2023 with be RSPO certified using a combination of physically segregated oil and RSPO credits where available of certified, segregated oils is not possible"
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          5/6
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            "Traceability As we procure processed derivatives of palm oil, traceability remains challenging given the scale of palm oil production landscapes and the extent of processing undertaken. To understand supply chain risks and focus areas, we work with partners to identify the farms, plantations and processing mills that supply the palm oil used in the derivatives we procure. We continue to make progress in improving supply chain traceability, achieving 88% traceability to mills. In partnership with suppliers, we also improved visibility of mill supply chains, achieving 11% traceability to farms and plantations in 2020. Mill List - We update and publish annually a list of the palm oil processing mills identified within our supply chain, their location, certification status and ownership. Our 2020 list can be found here."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Traceability As we procure processed derivatives of palm oil, traceability remains challenging given the scale of palm oil production landscapes and the extent of processing undertaken. To understand supply chain risks and focus areas, we work with partners to identify the farms, plantations and processing mills that supply the palm oil used in the derivatives we procure. We continue to make progress in improving supply chain traceability, achieving 88% traceability to mills. In partnership with suppliers, we also improved visibility of mill supply chains, achieving 11% traceability to farms and plantations in 2020. Mill List - We update and publish annually a list of the palm oil processing mills identified within our supply chain, their location, certification status and ownership. Our 2020 list can be found here."
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
      • Social Considerations
        16/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Other workers' rights commitments: Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces

          Details of commitment: ILO; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "As a supplier to RB, we expect you to comply with three sets of requirements, which form a standard part of our contracts: 1. Our Code of Business Conduct 2. Our Global Manufacturing Standard for responsible production (‘GMS’) 3. Our Policy & Standard for the responsible sourcing of natural raw materials [...] The seven principles of our GMS are underpinned by detailed requirements. These are in line with the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Fundamental Conventions (no forced labour, no child labour, freedom of association and no discrimination) and industry standards."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of that support?: Education and training
          "In January 2020, we visited palm oil mills and plantations in Indonesia and Malaysia to better understand human rights in the supply chain, working with international ethical trade consultancy Impactt, and Earthworm’s human rights-focused Respect Programme in Malaysia [...] With Earthworm, we also worked with direct suppliers to engage with palm oil processing mills close to deforested areas and understand any role they had in the deforestation. Making sure suppliers don’t buy from plantations established on recently deforested land or from plantation owners implicated in forest clearance is part of how we implement our NDPE policies."
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          2/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          2/4
          "No discrimination. Equal opportunities / rights ; Discrimination means unfairly treating a worker. Discrimination can be based on many factors, including race, colour, language, caste, national origin, indigenous status, religion, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, union membership, political affiliation, and age. It can occur across all work activities including hiring, remuneration and professional development."
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Type of harm covered: Social harm; Environmental harm
          "We use natural raw materials in approximately 70% of our products, including packaging. This means our potential impact is considerable – and we do not underestimate the complexity and scale of the mapping task. We’ve come a long way since setting our targets since 2012. We’ve built specific standards, monitoring activities and remediation programmes for key natural raw materials, and we still have a long way to go."
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          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"
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        34/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            From RSPO ACOP:  their certified palm oil and palm oil products uptake was 15.3% in 2020
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            From RSPO ACOP:  their certified palm oil and palm oil products uptake was 15.3% in 2020
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "Traceability As we procure processed derivatives of palm oil, traceability remains challenging given the scale of palm oil production landscapes and the extent of processing undertaken. To understand supply chain risks and focus areas, we work with partners to identify the farms, plantations and processing mills that supply the palm oil used in the derivatives we procure. We continue to make progress in improving supply chain traceability, achieving 88% traceability to mills. In partnership with suppliers, we also improved visibility of mill supply chains, achieving 11% traceability to farms and plantations in 2020. Mill List - We update and publish annually a list of the palm oil processing mills identified within our supply chain, their location, certification status and ownership. Our 2020 list can be found here."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 15.3%

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO certification

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO
            From RSPO ACOP:  their certified palm oil and palm oil products uptake was 15.3% in 2020
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO

            For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 15.3%

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO certification
            From RSPO ACOP:  their certified palm oil and palm oil products uptake was 15.3% in 2020
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/2
          Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/2
          "RB companies globally are responsible for applying it throughout their supply chain, including making suppliers, contractors and subcontractors aware of the policy and their responsibility to comply with it. [...] s. Together, we’re committed to eliminating deforestation, and forest degradation and conversion from commodity supply chains. The aim is to transform how we do business and make a positive impact on the world’s forests. We also expect everyone we work with – producers, traders and suppliers – to do the same."
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          What cut-off date is specified?: 2015
          "Observation of a forest conversion cut-off date of 31 December 2015 We believe this date 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."
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Production and Protection Beyond Concessions (PPBC)

          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings; Providing support/advice/experience/expertise
          "We’re part of Production and Protection Beyond Concessions (PPBC), a working group of the Palm Oil Collaboration Group (POCG), which is made up of a variety of producer, trader, FMCG and retailer companies looking at how to protect forests that are being cleared outside of legally sanctioned concession areas for oil palm. It’s estimated that over 40% of deforestation happens in those areas. So we’re working with suppliers and the PPBC group to create common ways of working and take action with supply chain partners to address the risk of further deforestation and illegal land use"
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Not specified
          "Starling - Through the Earthworm/Airbus Starling platform, we use real-time satellite analysis to identify deforestation within the likely sourcing areas of mills in our supply chain. We highlight this to our suppliers and work with them and their suppliers to ensure palm oil is not grown on deforested areas and does not enter our supply chain. We also support landscapes/jurisdictional approaches to work with a range of stakeholders to reduce threats to ecosystems over time." [...] "We published a full list of mills in our supply chains in 2018 and piloted the use of Starling satellite monitoring technology to map mill locations against High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) areas"
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Suppliers of natural raw materials and packaging materials comply with all applicable environmental, health & safety, labour and social laws and regulations (including applicable land tenure and use rights) [...] We have introduced a new process to help ensure all suppliers meet our expectations. This builds on our existing compliance process, which previously affected only some suppliers. The process consists of self-assessment, RB risk assessment, audit and corrective action."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, and published details of any grievances within the last two years (2019-2021)
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, and published details of any grievances within the last two years (2019-2021)
          4/4
          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, etc.)?: speak up platform online

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: Yes in it's annual reporting

          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental
          "Employee and Others have three options for making a report when electing to use the confidential Speak Up platform: • On-Line submission – the user accesses the Speak Up Platform to create their report directly; www.rbspeakup.com • Via Telephone –The Speak Up hotline can be contacted to report a concern, given that sometimes these numbers do change it is recommended that reference be made to the website for the most up-to-date numbers; www.rbspeakup.com"
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 219844 tonnes
          They report 219,844 tonnes of palm oil and derivatives in their RSPO ACOP
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          1-49%
          2/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          1-49%
          2/6
          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 13.3%

          What is the certified volume?: 29175 tonnes

          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 190669 tonnes
          Data from ACOP
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights; Yes, company discloses how many land developments or site acquisitions, by either itself or its suppliers, indicated the use of FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities
          4/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights; Yes, company discloses how many land developments or site acquisitions, by either itself or its suppliers, indicated the use of FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities
          4/4
          "As a supplier to RB, we expect you to comply with three sets of requirements, which form a standard part of our contracts: 1. Our Code of Business Conduct 2. Our Global Manufacturing Standard for responsible production (‘GMS’) 3. Our Policy & Standard for the responsible sourcing of natural raw materials [...] The seven principles of our GMS are underpinned by detailed requirements. These are in line with the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Fundamental Conventions (no forced labour, no child labour, freedom of association and no discrimination) and industry standards. [...] Suppliers of natural raw materials and packaging materials comply with all applicable environmental, health & safety, labour and social laws and regulations (including applicable land tenure and use rights) [...] We have introduced a new process to help ensure all suppliers meet our expectations. This builds on our existing compliance process, which previously affected only some suppliers. The process consists of self-assessment, RB risk assessment, audit and corrective action."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          For what percent are boundaries disclosed?: 100%

          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Honduras, Colombia, Brazil, Philippines, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Papua New Guinea,
          "We know it’s important to focus on establishing traceability for the palm oil we use to the plantations and processing mills. We have made more progress in understanding where the greatest risk of deforestation and destruction of peatland lies. In 2020, we will be publishing an updated list of mills that supply our suppliers. For some of the raw materials we buy, such as surfactants, we are working with the Earthworm Foundation and our suppliers to establish traceability in more complicated supply chains. For the time being, these complex ingredients are excluded from our target but we hope to report on them during 2021."
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Annually

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems
          "Each year we complete a risk assessment of all natural raw materials used within our products. We use an external company to assess a range of social and environmental criteria to grade the materials we use from low to high priority. The results of this assessment ensure we continue to focus our efforts on the highest priority materials. 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"
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?:  corrective action plans

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?:  Non compliance with policies
          "Where the audit finds non-compliances we will require the supplier to identify corrective actions and timescales for completing these actions. The auditor will need confirmation that the corrective actions have been completed to achieve compliance. Depending on the nature of the issue, the auditor may need to make a follow-up site visit. [...] We value an open and honest approach to any instances of non-compliance, and a genuine commitment to correct those non-compliances in an appropriate time frame. We are committed to working with our suppliers to address any issues. [...] We recognise that working with suppliers while they address non-compliance by their own suppliers or internally may be a better long-term solution than immediately de-listing them. However, if mutually acceptable solutions cannot be reached we may be required to suspend our business relationship until a satisfactory solution can be found."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper
      39/88
      • Commitment Strength
        6/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          2/8
          • Commitment details
            Credible certification scheme
            2/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Credible certification scheme
            2/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC; PEFC
            "In 2012, we said that by 2020 all our supplies should either be recycled or approved by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). We’re now applying even more stringent measures to improve traceability and data robustness. Although we improved our paper traceability this year we fell narrowly short of our target. But we’re still committed to our goal for 100% of our paper and board to be from certified or recycled sources. We aim to reach this as soon as possible, and before 2025"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            If no, what is excluded?: Indirect suppliers
            Clarifies that this is excluding third-party manufacturing sites in 2020 report
          • Target date
            2025
            0.3/0.7
            Target date
            2025
            0.3/0.7
            "In 2012, we said that by 2020 all our supplies should either be recycled or approved by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). We’re now applying even more stringent measures to improve traceability and data robustness. Although we improved our paper traceability this year we fell narrowly short of our target. But we’re still committed to our goal for 100% of our paper and board to be from certified or recycled sources. We aim to reach this as soon as possible, and before 2025"
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          3/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: Recycled content
            "Our percentage of paper (pulp) from certified or recycled sources is higher than in 2019. But we narrowly missed our goal of 100% of paper and board to be from certified or recycled sources. We aim to reach this as soon as possible, and before 2025. [...] Aim 100% paper and board from certified or recycled sources, excluding third-party manufacturing sites [...]  Progress 98% 2020 97% in 2019 [...] Paper and board - Total Weight (metric tonnes) 227,567 [...] Recycled and/or Certified Material (% of total weight) 98%"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            If no, what is excluded?: Indirect suppliers

            What is the rationale for any exclusions?: excludes third-party manufacturing sites
            "Our percentage of paper (pulp) from certified or recycled sources is higher than in 2019. But we narrowly missed our goal of 100% of paper and board to be from certified or recycled sources. We aim to reach this as soon as possible, and before 2025. [...] Aim 100% paper and board from certified or recycled sources, excluding third-party manufacturing sites [...]  Progress 98% 2020 97% in 2019 [...] Paper and board - Total Weight (metric tonnes) 227,567 [...] Recycled and/or Certified Material (% of total weight) 98%"
          • Target date
            2025
            0.3/0.7
            Target date
            2025
            0.3/0.7
            "Our percentage of paper (pulp) from certified or recycled sources is higher than in 2019. But we narrowly missed our goal of 100% of paper and board to be from certified or recycled sources. We aim to reach this as soon as possible, and before 2025. [...] Aim 100% paper and board from certified or recycled sources, excluding third-party manufacturing sites [...]  Progress 98% 2020 97% in 2019 [...] Paper and board - Total Weight (metric tonnes) 227,567 [...] Recycled and/or Certified Material (% of total weight) 98%"
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/6
          • Commitment details
            Downstream company, traces to Importer, no compliance check
            0/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Downstream company, traces to Importer, no compliance check
            0/4
            "Natural raw materials (including but not limited to palm oil & palm oil derivatives, wood cellulose fibres in paper & board, latex, coconut & coconut derivatives, rattan, cork, foodstuffs, leather, resin, gum and rubber) used in RB companies’ products and product packaging must meet the following minimum standards: [...] Natural raw materials (and their derivatives) must be sourced from suppliers that: are able to provide information on the sources of materials they supply, including the location of origin for materials supplied (including from sub contracted operations)"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
      • Social Considerations
        12/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "As a supplier to RB, we expect you to comply with three sets of requirements, which form a standard part of our contracts: 1. Our Code of Business Conduct 2. Our Global Manufacturing Standard for responsible production (‘GMS’) 3. Our Policy & Standard for the responsible sourcing of natural raw materials [...] The seven principles of our GMS are underpinned by detailed requirements. These are in line with the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Fundamental Conventions (no forced labour, no child labour, freedom of association and no discrimination) and industry standards."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          2/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          2/4
          "No discrimination. Equal opportunities / rights ; Discrimination means unfairly treating a worker. Discrimination can be based on many factors, including race, colour, language, caste, national origin, indigenous status, religion, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, union membership, political affiliation, and age. It can occur across all work activities including hiring, remuneration and professional development."
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Type of harm covered: Social harm; Environmental harm
          "We use natural raw materials in approximately 70% of our products, including packaging. This means our potential impact is considerable – and we do not underestimate the complexity and scale of the mapping task. We’ve come a long way since setting our targets since 2012. We’ve built specific standards, monitoring activities and remediation programmes for key natural raw materials, and we still have a long way to go."
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          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"
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        21/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "In 2012, we said that by 2020 all our supplies should either be recycled or approved by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). We’re now applying even more stringent measures to improve traceability and data robustness. Although we improved our paper traceability this year we fell narrowly short of our target. But we’re still committed to our goal for 100% of our paper and board to be from certified or recycled sources. We aim to reach this as soon as possible, and before 2025" 
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "Our percentage of paper (pulp) from certified or recycled sources is higher than in 2019. But we narrowly missed our goal of 100% of paper and board to be from certified or recycled sources. We aim to reach this as soon as possible, and before 2025. [...] Aim 100% paper and board from certified or recycled sources, excluding third-party manufacturing sites [...]  Progress 98% 2020 97% in 2019 [...] Paper and board - Total Weight (metric tonnes) 227,567 [...] Recycled and/or Certified Material (% of total weight) 98%"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 98%

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC, PEFC

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: Certified
            Achieved 98% paper and board from certified or recycled sources, excluding third-party manufacturing sites
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Suppliers of natural raw materials and packaging materials comply with all applicable environmental, health & safety, labour and social laws and regulations (including applicable land tenure and use rights) [...] We have introduced a new process to help ensure all suppliers meet our expectations. This builds on our existing compliance process, which previously affected only some suppliers. The process consists of self-assessment, RB risk assessment, audit and corrective action."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, and published details of any grievances within the last two years (2019-2021)
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, and published details of any grievances within the last two years (2019-2021)
          4/4
          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental
          "Employee and Others have three options for making a report when electing to use the confidential Speak Up platform: • On-Line submission – the user accesses the Speak Up Platform to create their report directly; www.rbspeakup.com • Via Telephone –The Speak Up hotline can be contacted to report a concern, given that sometimes these numbers do change it is recommended that reference be made to the website for the most up-to-date numbers; www.rbspeakup.com"
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting partial volumes
          1/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting partial volumes
          1/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 227,567 metric tonnes
          "Our percentage of paper (pulp) from certified or recycled sources is higher than in 2019. But we narrowly missed our goal of 100% of paper and board to be from certified or recycled sources. We aim to reach this as soon as possible, and before 2025. [...] Aim 100% paper and board from certified or recycled sources, excluding third-party manufacturing sites [...]  Progress 98% 2020 97% in 2019 [...] Paper and board - Total Weight (metric tonnes) 227,567 [...] Recycled and/or Certified Material (% of total weight) 98%"
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          Some disclosure of compliant commodity/unclear % of volume/no verification of reporting
          1/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          Some disclosure of compliant commodity/unclear % of volume/no verification of reporting
          1/6
          What third-party verification is used?: FSC Certification

          What is the compliant volume?: 223,015.66 tonnes
          "Our percentage of paper (pulp) from certified or recycled sources is higher than in 2019. But we narrowly missed our goal of 100% of paper and board to be from certified or recycled sources. We aim to reach this as soon as possible, and before 2025. [...] Aim 100% paper and board from certified or recycled sources, excluding third-party manufacturing sites [...]  Progress 98% 2020 97% in 2019 [...] Paper and board - Total Weight (metric tonnes) 227,567 [...] Recycled and/or Certified Material (% of total weight) 98%"
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights; Yes, company discloses how many land developments or site acquisitions, by either itself or its suppliers, indicated the use of FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities
          4/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights; Yes, company discloses how many land developments or site acquisitions, by either itself or its suppliers, indicated the use of FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities
          4/4
          "As a supplier to RB, we expect you to comply with three sets of requirements, which form a standard part of our contracts: 1. Our Code of Business Conduct 2. Our Global Manufacturing Standard for responsible production (‘GMS’) 3. Our Policy & Standard for the responsible sourcing of natural raw materials [...] The seven principles of our GMS are underpinned by detailed requirements. These are in line with the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Fundamental Conventions (no forced labour, no child labour, freedom of association and no discrimination) and industry standards. [...] Suppliers of natural raw materials and packaging materials comply with all applicable environmental, health & safety, labour and social laws and regulations (including applicable land tenure and use rights) [...] We have introduced a new process to help ensure all suppliers meet our expectations. This builds on our existing compliance process, which previously affected only some suppliers. The process consists of self-assessment, RB risk assessment, audit and corrective action."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Details of monitoring: Using certification; Using internal monitoring and verification systems

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Annually
          "Each year we complete a risk assessment of all natural raw materials used within our products. We use an external company to assess a range of social and environmental criteria to grade the materials we use from low to high priority. The results of this assessment ensure we continue to focus our efforts on the highest priority materials. 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"
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: corrective action plans

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: Non compliance with policies
          "Where the audit finds non-compliances we will require the supplier to identify corrective actions and timescales for completing these actions. The auditor will need confirmation that the corrective actions have been completed to achieve compliance. Depending on the nature of the issue, the auditor may need to make a follow-up site visit. [...] We value an open and honest approach to any instances of non-compliance, and a genuine commitment to correct those non-compliances in an appropriate time frame. We are committed to working with our suppliers to address any issues. [...] We recognise that working with suppliers while they address non-compliance by their own suppliers or internally may be a better long-term solution than immediately de-listing them. However, if mutually acceptable solutions cannot be reached we may be required to suspend our business relationship until a satisfactory solution can be found."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Soy *
      36/88
      • Commitment Strength
        6/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          7/11
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also explicitly apply to hidden/indirect soy?: Yes
            When mentioning dairy: "Related to this is a partnership between SDP and WWF to define an approach to tackling deforestation in dairy supply chains. We’re part of this because soy is in the feedstock for cows which provide milk that goes into our infant formula products"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            When mentioning dairy: "Related to this is a partnership between SDP and WWF to define an approach to tackling deforestation in dairy supply chains. We’re part of this because soy is in the feedstock for cows which provide milk that goes into our infant formula products" "RB sources a very small amount of soy annually. Nevertheless, we understand that it is important for us to know where this soy originates from and that it does not contribute to deforestation or poor labour practices."
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/9
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Social Considerations
        12/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Other workers' rights commitments: Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces

          Details of commitment: ILO; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "As a supplier to RB, we expect you to comply with three sets of requirements, which form a standard part of our contracts: 1. Our Code of Business Conduct 2. Our Global Manufacturing Standard for responsible production (‘GMS’) 3. Our Policy & Standard for the responsible sourcing of natural raw materials [...] The seven principles of our GMS are underpinned by detailed requirements. These are in line with the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Fundamental Conventions (no forced labour, no child labour, freedom of association and no discrimination) and industry standards."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          2/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          2/4
          "No discrimination. Equal opportunities / rights ; Discrimination means unfairly treating a worker. Discrimination can be based on many factors, including race, colour, language, caste, national origin, indigenous status, religion, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, union membership, political affiliation, and age. It can occur across all work activities including hiring, remuneration and professional development."
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Type of harm covered: Social harm; Environmental harm
          "We use natural raw materials in approximately 70% of our products, including packaging. This means our potential impact is considerable – and we do not underestimate the complexity and scale of the mapping task. We’ve come a long way since setting our targets since 2012. We’ve built specific standards, monitoring activities and remediation programmes for key natural raw materials, and we still have a long way to go."
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          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"
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        16/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          1/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            1.3/2.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            1.3/2.5
            For their direct soy consumption: "We requested all suppliers of soy, or products containing soy, to complete a compliance review, through this process we established that all our raw soya originates from low-risk countries such as the USA."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.5
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Suppliers of natural raw materials and packaging materials comply with all applicable environmental, health & safety, labour and social laws and regulations (including applicable land tenure and use rights) [...] We have introduced a new process to help ensure all suppliers meet our expectations. This builds on our existing compliance process, which previously affected only some suppliers. The process consists of self-assessment, RB risk assessment, audit and corrective action."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, and published details of any grievances within the last two years (2019-2021)
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, and published details of any grievances within the last two years (2019-2021)
          4/4
          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: Yes in it's annual reporting

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, etc.)?: speak up platform online

          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental
          "Employee and Others have three options for making a report when electing to use the confidential Speak Up platform: • On-Line submission – the user accesses the Speak Up Platform to create their report directly; www.rbspeakup.com • Via Telephone –The Speak Up hotline can be contacted to report a concern, given that sometimes these numbers do change it is recommended that reference be made to the website for the most up-to-date numbers; www.rbspeakup.com"
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights; Yes, company discloses how many land developments or site acquisitions, by either itself or its suppliers, indicated the use of FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities
          4/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights; Yes, company discloses how many land developments or site acquisitions, by either itself or its suppliers, indicated the use of FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities
          4/4
          "As a supplier to RB, we expect you to comply with three sets of requirements, which form a standard part of our contracts: 1. Our Code of Business Conduct 2. Our Global Manufacturing Standard for responsible production (‘GMS’) 3. Our Policy & Standard for the responsible sourcing of natural raw materials [...] The seven principles of our GMS are underpinned by detailed requirements. These are in line with the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Fundamental Conventions (no forced labour, no child labour, freedom of association and no discrimination) and industry standards. [...] Suppliers of natural raw materials and packaging materials comply with all applicable environmental, health & safety, labour and social laws and regulations (including applicable land tenure and use rights) [...] We have introduced a new process to help ensure all suppliers meet our expectations. This builds on our existing compliance process, which previously affected only some suppliers. The process consists of self-assessment, RB risk assessment, audit and corrective action."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Annually

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems
          "Each year we complete a risk assessment of all natural raw materials used within our products. We use an external company to assess a range of social and environmental criteria to grade the materials we use from low to high priority. The results of this assessment ensure we continue to focus our efforts on the highest priority materials. 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"
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?:  Non compliance with policies

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?:  corrective action plans
          "Where the audit finds non-compliances we will require the supplier to identify corrective actions and timescales for completing these actions. The auditor will need confirmation that the corrective actions have been completed to achieve compliance. Depending on the nature of the issue, the auditor may need to make a follow-up site visit. [...] We value an open and honest approach to any instances of non-compliance, and a genuine commitment to correct those non-compliances in an appropriate time frame. We are committed to working with our suppliers to address any issues. [...] We recognise that working with suppliers while they address non-compliance by their own suppliers or internally may be a better long-term solution than immediately de-listing them. However, if mutually acceptable solutions cannot be reached we may be required to suspend our business relationship until a satisfactory solution can be found."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • * commodity scores for which a company is not a powerbroker are given half the weighting of other commodities in total scores

  • Commitment strength
    10/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    25/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    14/18
    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 and is exposed to both palm oil and soy. The company operates in more than 60 countries, and employs over 35,000 people. Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC is selected as a powerbroker for palm oil and paper packaging and is also assessed for its exposure to soy.

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

How we assess the Forest 500

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