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  • Overall approach
    7/10
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      3/4
      Overall commitment
      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’s policy that natural raw materials used in our products and product packaging are sourced responsibly and with zero deforestation;"
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      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
      Awareness
      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
      Business risk
      Yes
      1/1
      What revenue comes from industries relevant to each forest risk commodity?: NA
      "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
      High-level management
      Yes
      1/1
      Which commodities does it apply to?: Palm oil; Soy; Pulp & paper

      How often does the committee or board meet to assess company's progress on addressing deforestation-related issues?: quarterly
      "The Board delegates regular oversight of sustainability to a sub-committee, the Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability, Ethics and Compliance Committee (CRSECC). The Committee meets quarterly to review our progress against our sustainability strategy, and performance against our targets." Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC sustainability strategy includes deforestation commitment
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
      Executive compensation
      Yes, for all commodities
      0/0
      Does it disclose the percentage of pay at risk?: No
      "Reckitt uses a combination of internal financial and non-financial success metrics to determine annual monetary rewards of eligible employees. Achievement of the rewards is measured against pre-agreed performance targets. A combination of environmental, social and external perception metrics determines annual rewards for relevant functions. Details relating to individual employees can be found in contracts of employment and targets vary according to the type and level of the role. For example, our Chief Supply Officer, who sits in the corporate exec team, has various sustainability targets in their personal business performance indicators; one of which are linked to adherence to Forest-related issues covered by our Standard for the Responsible Sourcing of Natural Raw materials and zero deforestation [...] The performance of all of these matters is directly integrated into Personal Incentives for individuals with specific responsibility for supplier relations and as part of overall business performance indicators that govern incentives for employees."
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/1
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/1
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
      Conservation disclosure
      Yes
      0/0
      How many hectares of conservation area are being supported or facilitated by the company on land it does not own or manage?: 7000ha
      "In 2020, we’ve worked with our NGO partners and suppliers on: Over 7,000 ha of land monitored and managed by Human-Elephant Conflict (HEC) Committee which includes plantations, smallholders and the Sabah Wildlife Department"
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
      Reduce emissions
      Yes
      0/0
      Is this target aligned with/verified by SBTi?: Yes

      Type of climate target: Net-zero emissions

      What is the target date for the company to achieve their climate target?: 2040
      "To help reach the Paris Agreement’s target to keep global warming to below 1.5°C, and realise our own ambition to be carbon neutral by 2040, we’ve set science-based targets (SBTi) for Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions, and reaffirmed our commitment to RE100 to: • Reduce absolute Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 65% by 2030 from a 2015 base year • Reduce absolute Scope 3 GHG emissions by 50% by 2030 from a 2015 base year • Increase annual sourcing of renewable electricity from 5% in 2015 to 100% by 2030. We’ve already achieved 62% of this, as we buy all electricity for manufacturing in the US, UK and Europe, India and several other countries from renewable sources"
  • Commodity score
    48/90
    • Palm oil
      61/90
      • Commitment Strength
        14/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          8/9.5
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            When was this commitment set?: 2021

            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO

            Does the company have a commitment to the protection of other specific named ecosystems?: 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)"; (HCS/Peat commitment)...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 and HCS"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "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)"; (HCS/Peat commitment)...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 and HCS"
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: NA
            "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)"; (HCS/Peat commitment)...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 and HCS"
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone?: 2022. 2023
            "100% certification using RSPO credits for palm oil used in surfactants and other derivatives by 2023...100% RSPO segregated certified palm oil for fats blends in nutrition products by 2022.
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          6/7.5
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            When was this commitment set?: NA
            "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
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            What subsidiaries are explicitly included?: NA

            What is the rationale for any exclusions?: NA

            What percentage of commodity production/sourcing is excluded?: NA

            What subsidiaries are explicitly excluded?: NA
            "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
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        9/17
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Tier 1

          Details of commitment: ILO; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          Other workers' rights commitments: Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures
          "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
          2/2
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          2/2
          What is the nature of that support?: Technical assistance/support; Education and training, Economic

          How many smallholders do they support, and what percentage does this represent in terms of their sourcing from smallholders?: Unclear
          "Some of the places our natural raw materials come from have less formal supply chains, dominated by smallholder farms [...] we can also help support farmers’ livelihoods where we need to. We currently back programmes for smallholder farmers in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand." [...] "Recognising our commodities are sourced from local communities we want to work with these communities to improve smallholder livelihoods We support Earthworm Foundation’s ‘Rurality’ programmes, which are focused on improving livelihoods of smallholders, one of most vulnerable groups in palm oil supply chains. Operating in Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, the Rurality programmes we support will be centred on enabling smallholders in our supply chains to overcome pressing social, economic and environmental challenges, enabling them to both benefit from and contribute to an NDPE approach. The programme enables us to bring this vulnerable group in to our risk assessment process, helping us to understand the risks that smallholder action poses to the forests we want to preserve and how we can work with them to mitigate these risks."
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          1/2
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          1/2
          " No discrimination. Equal opportunities / rights What is discrimination? 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. Why is this important? Discrimination violates a worker’s human rights. It creates divisions within the workforce and dissatisfaction among workers. It exposes employers to risks of prosecution and damage to reputation."
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          1/1
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          0.5/1
          What does the commitment cover?: Social harm; Environmental harm
          "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 test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to test for FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          2/3
          Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to test for FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          2/3
          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Tier 1
          "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 respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          No
          0/3
        • Zero-tolerance approach to violence and threats
          No
          0/3
      • Implementation and Reporting
        39/56
        • Reporting proportion of compliant volumes
          0/0
        • Reporting is independently verified
          No
          0/2
          Reporting is independently verified
          No
          0/2
          Reported in their 2020 RSPO ACOP report 2020 is how 15.3% of their palm oil is certified by RSPO.
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, required
          3/3
          Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, required
          3/3
          "Reckitt’s Responsible Sourcing Standard details Reckitt commitment to sourcing Palm Oil against the 6 principles. As a priority commodity to Reckitt the standard sets out specific criteria for Palm Oil which Reckitt expects its suppliers to comply with. The specific criteria for palm oil is: Understanding production origin - Supply chain traceability to mill and producers by GPS/ownership provided on a quarterly basis. Supply Chain Monitoring for NDP - systems are in place and used to engage mills regularly to assess and monitor the extent to which they are committed to and achieving NDPE commitments Grievance Management - Formal policy and time-bound process is in place to evaluate, monitor and resolve reported actions that go against the requirements set out in Reckitt's standard. Safeguarding workers and communities – Policies aligned to Reckitt’s Framework for Human Rights and Responsible Business are in place with attention to migrate workers, children, women and smallholders. Programmes are in place to monitor and report on these areas. Protecting ecosystems - NDPE policy in place to ensure FFB is not sourced from land cleared after 2015 that was previously designated as HCS, HCV or peat land; on-going monitoring of compliance against this commitment and/or use of RSPO certification Reducing Environmental impacts - Policy and up-stream assessments and/or programmes focused on measuring and reducing water use, waste outputs, energy use and GHG. Delivery through Partnerships - Evidence of partnerships that can achieve measurable success in areas closely aligned to Reckitt’s Responsible Sourcing Standard. All direct suppliers of palm-derived products should be members of the Round Table on Responsible Palm Oil. Reckitt’s Responsible Sourcing team along with Procurement and Marketing actively work with suppliers to work towards compliance of the standard. The outcome of any assessment or discussion on the 6 principles with suppliers can inform purchasing decisions. Reckitt aim to work with suppliers to work towards compliance with the standard via regular discussion and action plans. In the case of a supplier found to be noncompliant Reckitt will work with the supplier to agree a time bound plan to resolve any concerns. In the unlikely case a solution cannot be agreed up to or found Reckitt may suspend our business relationship with the supplier."
        • 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 work closely with our supply chains to ensure this is acted on. • Comply with all applicable environmental, labour, health & safety laws and regulations, and adherence to the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Fundamental Conventions in our supply chains on. "
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Production and Protection Beyond Concessions (PPBC); onsumer Goods Forum’s Forest Positive and Human Rights Coalitions of Action

          What is the nature of that participation?: 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" [...] "Industry collaboration – We are active members of the Consumer Goods Forum’s Forest Positive and Human Rights Coalitions of Action to remove deforestation and forced labour from our collective supply chains. As part of this we are engaging key palm oil suppliers to develop and deploy a human rights due diligence system from refinery to plantation."
        • Jurisdictional approach focused on sustainable land use
          Yes
          2/2
          Jurisdictional approach focused on sustainable land use
          Yes
          2/2
          How is the company engaged within the jurisdictional approach?: Help build smallholder capacity/increase number of certified smallholders in Lahad Datu, Beluran and Kinabatangan districts

          Does the company report on the type of engagement they are conducting in the context of the jurisdictional approach (e.g. disbursed financial support, in-kind support, capacity, preferential sourcing)?: NA

          What methodology was used to identify the jurisdictions of focus?: NA

          What percentage of the company's non-DCF supply chain are sourced from the landscape where the jurisdictional approach is adopted?: NA

          What are the names, locations, timelines and other partners involved in the jurisdictional approaches?: Lahad Datu ; Kinabatangan ; Beluran Sabah State Government '

          How many jurisdictional approaches focused on land use is the company currently involved in?: 1
          "Sabah’s announcement in 2015 to certify all of its palm oil output to the standards of the Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) by 2025 as a pilot for the jurisdictional approach, enabled companies to coordinate their efforts at the state level and allowed them to profile their initiatives in support of this vision. These companies include Wilmar International, Sime Darby Plantation, AAK, Unilever, Reckitt and Walmart."[...]"Another initiative in building smallholder capacity was led by Earthworm Foundation in the Beluran, Kinabatangan and Lahad Datu districts, supported by companies including Reckitt, Nestle, ADM Cares, Givaudan, Groupe Rocher and IJM Plantations since 2015."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Unspecified

          For what percentage of material produced or sourced by the company has forest risk been assessed?: 100%
          "Our partnership with Earthworm continued to monitor suppliers to prevent instances of deforestation in our palm oil supply chain. We do this through Starling, a platform provided by Airbus and Earthworm Foundation that uses satellites to understand the impact of our supply chains on deforestation. Satellite imagery from the system shows how land use changes over time, highlights at-risk areas and how close mills in our supply network are to them. It also helps to predict deforestation patterns so we can work with suppliers to eliminate deforestation."[...]"• Public supply chain traceability and transparency 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
          "Our minimum standards Our standards require that: • 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..... Annual self assessment: The annual self assessment process is monitored by our Global Supply Leadership Team, which includes RB’s EVP Supply (a member of RB’s Executive Committee) and SVP Purchasing. 2. Risk assessment We will review the Self Assessment Questionnaire responses to classify the selected suppliers as high, medium or low risk. Classification will also take account of the results from any previous audits shared with RB and the inherent risks associated with the supplier’s specific location and business activities. 3. External audit programme Each year selected high risk suppliers will be required to undertake an independent external audit.
        • 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

          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental
          "The policy is designed to enable all RB employees and Others to “Speak Up” and raise concerns internally and at a senior level and to disclose information which the individual believes shows malpractice or impropriety within the Group. These concerns could include: ▪ Financial malpractice or impropriety or fraud ▪ Failure to comply with legal obligations ▪ Dangers to health and safety or the environment ▪ Criminal activity ▪ Improper conduct or unethical behaviour ▪ Significant breaches of the Code of Conduct and associated policies or procedures ▪ Failure to comply with an applicable industry code to which RB has subscribed ▪ Attempts to conceal any of the above once they have occurred However, this is not intended to be an exhaustive list."
        • Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting total volume
          3/3
          Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting total volume
          3/3
          What is the non-DCF commodity volume sourced from known production areas, and proportion of total supply chain volume this represents?: NA

          What product types/sectors is this in?: Personal Care Products

          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume: 161494 Metric Tonnes

          Reporting certified/compliant volume: 29175.0 Metric Tonnes

          Total volume: 190669.0 Metric Tonnes
          They disclose in their RSPO ACOP Report 2020 that they produced 190,669metric tonnes of palm oil that year.
        • Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          3/5
          Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          2.5/5
          What steps has the company taken to implement their labour rights commitment?: Audit

          What percentage/number of new interests, developments, or expansions has the company used FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities?: NA

          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: NA
          "Auditing our suppliers We audited 232 suppliers in 2021, with around 61% achieving a ‘pass’ rating. This is lower than the 67% pass rate achieved in 2020 due to the expansion of our audit programme to a further 115 raw and packaging material suppliers. For some of them, this was the first time they had undergone an ethical audit to assess their on-site labour, health and safety, and environmental practices. This might be because they are a small and so less visible part of global value chains, or potentially because local regulatory frameworks are limited or not routinely inspected. Consequently, many of these suppliers don’t have mature sustainability processes and we will support them to build these as we move forward."
        • Monitor compliance for zero tolerance approach and customary rights
          No
          0/5
        • Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          Yes, report direct suppliers; Yes, report indirect suppliers
          4/4
          Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          Yes, report direct suppliers; Yes, report indirect suppliers
          4/4
          From what sub-national jurisdiction(s) does the company source material?: Perak; North Sumatra; Aceh; North Kalimantan; Bengkulu; Lampung; South Kalimantan; Riau; South Sumatra; Jambi; West Kalimantan; Johor; Kelantan; Kedah; Sarawak; Sabah; Negeri Sembelin; Selangor; Pahang; Terengganu; Surat Thani; Bangka Belitung; Central Sulawesi; Colon; Yoro; Atlantida; Los Rios; Esmeraldas; Santander; Magdalena; Vichada; Meta; Para; Chiriqui; Izabal; Peten; Puntarenas; Atlantico Sur; Agusan del Sur

          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: Indonesia; Malaysia; Thailand; Honduras; Ecuador; Colombia; Brazil; Panama; Guatemala; Costa Rica; Nicaragua; Philippines

          For what percent of suppliers' production areas are point locations disclosed?: 100%

          For what percent of smallholder suppliers is location disclosed?: NA

          For what percent are boundaries disclosed?: 0%

          For what percent is no location data disclosed?: 0%

          What is the volume of each forest risk commodity that the company sourced in the previous year from each national or subnational location?: NA

          What type of location data (boundary, point, etc.) is provided for smallholder farms?: NA

          Does the company disclose location of suppliers' production areas or primary processing sites?: No
          Reckitt provide a supplier list with their suppliers from tier to tier 6
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          How is compliance monitored?: Internal monitoring and verification systems

          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 100%

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Annually

          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: 100%

          For what percentage of the commodity sourced by the company is deforestation/conversion monitored at the farm level on production units known to be in the company's supply chain?: NA

          For what percentage of suppliers does the company use/rely on external mechanisms to monitor compliance?: 0%
          "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
          Yes, for partial sourcing
          3/4
          Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          Yes, for partial sourcing
          3/4
          Does the dowsntream company report the attributed deforestation or ecosystem conversion by sourcing area?: Yes

          How many hectares/km/m?: 54096.70 ha

          How much of this is in protected areas, primary forests, intact forest landscapes, and/or peatlands?: NA

          Over what timeframe was this information reported? e.g. one year, five years, since the cut-off date, other: 2015 since cut off

          If a reference date was used by the company, what was the reference date?: 2015

          What are the method(s) and data source(s) used for calculating attributed deforestation/conversion?: Earthworm Foundation, Staring Satellite Monitoring

          What are the method(s) and data source(s) used to monitor and assess deforestation/conversion?: Staring Satellite Monitoring
          "Reckitt partner with Earthworm Foundation and utilise Staring Satellite Monitoring to report on deforestation or conversion in its supply chain. Reports developed from Starling highlight at a landscape level where deforestation and conversion is happening in Reckitt supply chain. The reports link to Reckitt direct suppliers enabling Reckitt to have constructive discussion with suppliers to tackle deforestation and conversation. Since the 2015 cut off date Starling has highlighted 54’096.70 ha of deforestation inside concessions linked to Reckitt’s supply chain and in 2021 the number was 2’560.8 ha. The figures concern the Malaysia and Indonesian supply."
        • 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?: Action plan

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

          Does the company work with the non-compliant supplier to develop an implementation plan to remedy associated harms or non-compliance?: Yes

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: Yes

          Does the company commit to engage with rightsholders, Indigenous peoples and local communities when developing the implementation plan?: No
          "All direct suppliers of palm-derived products should be members of the Round Table on Responsible Palm Oil. Reckitt’s Responsible Sourcing team along with Procurement and Marketing actively work with suppliers to work towards compliance of the standard. The outcome of any assessment or discussion on the 6 principles with suppliers can inform purchasing decisions. Reckitt aim to work with suppliers to work towards compliance with the standard via regular discussion and action plans. In the case of a supplier found to be noncompliant Reckitt will work with the supplier to agree a time bound plan to resolve any concerns. In the unlikely case a solution cannot be agreed up to or found Reckitt may suspend our business relationship with the supplier. "
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper
      42/90
      • Commitment Strength
        12/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          5/9.5
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Type of sustainability commitment: Reduce the volume of virgin wood fibre used in paper and packaging products through usage of recycled content

            When was this commitment set?: 2020

            What paper/pulp product does their commitment apply to?: Paper products

            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC
            "It is RB’s policy that natural raw materials used in our products and product packaging are sourced responsibly and with zero deforestation; meeting the Standards outlined below"[...]"Paper & board: RB companies and suppliers, contractors or subcontractors designing and manufacturing products and packaging on RB’s behalf, should be able to demonstrate that they adhere to the following approach: 1. Promote the efficient use of paper & board; 2. Use post-consumer recycled paper / board where possible and practical; 3. Use virgin materials from forests that are verifiably legal, responsibly managed and comply with the General Standards above. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) endorsed national forest certification systems can be used as a way to verify that a forest source is responsibly managed. "[...]"We have a 2025 target for all paper and board to come from either certified (FSC/PEFC) or recycled sources."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            What is the rationale for any exclusions?: na

            What subsidiaries are explicitly excluded?: na

            What percentage of commodity production/sourcing is excluded?: na

            What subsidiaries are explicitly included?: na

            If no, what is excluded?: Indirect suppliers
            "It is RB’s policy that natural raw materials used in our products and product packaging are sourced responsibly and with zero deforestation; meeting the Standards outlined below"[...]"Paper & board: RB companies and suppliers, contractors or subcontractors designing and manufacturing products and packaging on RB’s behalf, should be able to demonstrate that they adhere to the following approach: 1. Promote the efficient use of paper & board; 2. Use post-consumer recycled paper / board where possible and practical; 3. Use virgin materials from forests that are verifiably legal, responsibly managed and comply with the General Standards above. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) endorsed national forest certification systems can be used as a way to verify that a forest source is responsibly managed. "[...]"We have a 2025 target for all paper and board to come from either certified (FSC/PEFC) or recycled sources."
          • Target date
            2025
            0.8/1
            Target date
            2025
            0.8/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: 100% paper and board from certified or recycled sources (excluding third-party manufacturing sites) by 2025.
            "Reckitt’s target is 100% paper and board from certified or recycled sources (excluding third-party manufacturing sites) by 2025. Paper and board is used as packaging in almost three-quarters of Reckitt’s product range. Reckitt’s commitment was set out in 2012 and states all supplies of paper and board should either be recycled or approved by the Forest Stewardship Council (FCS) or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          8/7.5
          • Commitment details
            Downstream company, traces to First Importer, checks compliance
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Downstream company, traces to First Importer, checks compliance
            4/4
            When was this commitment set?: 2021
            "Timber Product Traceability : Reckitt’s Responsible Sourcing Standard sets out criteria on traceability for all commodities Reckitt purchase. The criteria is: Suppliers should know the locations and ownership of primary producers and processors in their natural raw material supply chains and be capable of monitoring the extent to which these are able to adhere to the standard. They should also be aware of the communities living and working within these supply chains and the issues that face Systems are in place to enable suppliers to regularly assess and monitor the extent to which producers and processors are aligned to the standard; time-bound plans are in place to close any gaps... In addition, Reckitt set a 2025 goal for all paper and board to come from either certified (FSC/PEFC) or recycled sources which will allow us to increase our levels of traceability of our paper and board year on year. All paper & board suppliers are required to disclose annually their country, volume of recycled and of FSC / PEFC certified content (and where applicable certification number) to us. Through this target and regular communication with our suppliers an internal database is maintained where a record of country of origin is kept. The database is update on an annual basis and Reckitt are working towards more granular detail for the origin of this commodity...'Forest Risk Commodity: Timber Products Point to which commodity is traceable: Country: Total production/consumption volume traceable 98% [...]" We’re now applying stronger measures for better traceability and data. Our paper traceability is now up to 99% and we still expect to reach our goal for 100% of our paper and board to be from certified or recycled sources by 2025 or before."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Timber Product Traceability : Reckitt’s Responsible Sourcing Standard sets out criteria on traceability for all commodities Reckitt purchase. The criteria is: Suppliers should know the locations and ownership of primary producers and processors in their natural raw material supply chains and be capable of monitoring the extent to which these are able to adhere to the standard. They should also be aware of the communities living and working within these supply chains and the issues that face Systems are in place to enable suppliers to regularly assess and monitor the extent to which producers and processors are aligned to the standard; time-bound plans are in place to close any gaps... In addition, Reckitt set a 2025 goal for all paper and board to come from either certified (FSC/PEFC) or recycled sources which will allow us to increase our levels of traceability of our paper and board year on year. All paper & board suppliers are required to disclose annually their country, volume of recycled and of FSC / PEFC certified content (and where applicable certification number) to us. Through this target and regular communication with our suppliers an internal database is maintained where a record of country of origin is kept. The database is update on an annual basis and Reckitt are working towards more granular detail for the origin of this commodity...'Forest Risk Commodity: Timber Products Point to which commodity is traceable: Country: Total production/consumption volume traceable 98% [...]" We’re now applying stronger measures for better traceability and data. Our paper traceability is now up to 99% and we still expect to reach our goal for 100% of our paper and board to be from certified or recycled sources by 2025 or before."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: Obtain certification, suppliers increase traceability
            "Timber Product Traceability : Reckitt’s Responsible Sourcing Standard sets out criteria on traceability for all commodities Reckitt purchase. The criteria is: Suppliers should know the locations and ownership of primary producers and processors in their natural raw material supply chains and be capable of monitoring the extent to which these are able to adhere to the standard. They should also be aware of the communities living and working within these supply chains and the issues that face Systems are in place to enable suppliers to regularly assess and monitor the extent to which producers and processors are aligned to the standard; time-bound plans are in place to close any gaps... In addition, Reckitt set a 2025 goal for all paper and board to come from either certified (FSC/PEFC) or recycled sources which will allow us to increase our levels of traceability of our paper and board year on year. All paper & board suppliers are required to disclose annually their country, volume of recycled and of FSC / PEFC certified content (and where applicable certification number) to us. Through this target and regular communication with our suppliers an internal database is maintained where a record of country of origin is kept. The database is update on an annual basis and Reckitt are working towards more granular detail for the origin of this commodity...'Forest Risk Commodity: Timber Products Point to which commodity is traceable: Country: Total production/consumption volume traceable 98% [...]" We’re now applying stronger measures for better traceability and data. Our paper traceability is now up to 99% and we still expect to reach our goal for 100% of our paper and board to be from certified or recycled sources by 2025 or before."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone?: NA
            "Timber Product Traceability : Reckitt’s Responsible Sourcing Standard sets out criteria on traceability for all commodities Reckitt purchase. The criteria is: Suppliers should know the locations and ownership of primary producers and processors in their natural raw material supply chains and be capable of monitoring the extent to which these are able to adhere to the standard. They should also be aware of the communities living and working within these supply chains and the issues that face Systems are in place to enable suppliers to regularly assess and monitor the extent to which producers and processors are aligned to the standard; time-bound plans are in place to close any gaps... In addition, Reckitt set a 2025 goal for all paper and board to come from either certified (FSC/PEFC) or recycled sources which will allow us to increase our levels of traceability of our paper and board year on year. All paper & board suppliers are required to disclose annually their country, volume of recycled and of FSC / PEFC certified content (and where applicable certification number) to us. Through this target and regular communication with our suppliers an internal database is maintained where a record of country of origin is kept. The database is update on an annual basis and Reckitt are working towards more granular detail for the origin of this commodity...'Forest Risk Commodity: Timber Products Point to which commodity is traceable: Country: Total production/consumption volume traceable 98% [...]" We’re now applying stronger measures for better traceability and data. Our paper traceability is now up to 99% and we still expect to reach our goal for 100% of our paper and board to be from certified or recycled sources by 2025 or before."
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        7/17
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Details of commitment: ILO; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Tier 1

          Other workers' rights commitments: Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures
          "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
          0/2
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          1/2
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          1/2
          " No discrimination. Equal opportunities / rights What is discrimination? 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. Why is this important? Discrimination violates a worker’s human rights. It creates divisions within the workforce and dissatisfaction among workers. It exposes employers to risks of prosecution and damage to reputation."
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          1/1
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          0.5/1
          What does the commitment cover?: Social harm; Environmental harm
          "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 test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to test for FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          2/3
          Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to test for FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          2/3
          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Tier 1
          "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 respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          No
          0/3
        • Zero-tolerance approach to violence and threats
          No
          0/3
      • Implementation and Reporting
        24/56
        • Reporting proportion of compliant volumes
          0/0
        • Reporting is independently verified
          No
          2/2
          Reporting is independently verified
          No
          2/2
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/3
          Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/3
          "Sourcing of natural raw materials can have significant effects on environment, local communities and other stakeholders across the value chain. Reckitt is committed to responsible business conduct, including ensuring natural raw materials used in products are produced in a manner that meets or goes beyond applicable laws and regulations, respects human rights, safeguards health and safety, protects the environment, does not cause deforestation and generally supports contribution of business to achieving sustainable development. Our Responsible Sourcing Standard sets out 6 principles to continue to achieve Reckitt’s commitments. The scope is all-natural raw materials and it is applicable to up-stream from supplier facilities to primary producer lever. 1. Understanding production origins 2. Safeguarding workers and communities 3. Protecting ecosystems 4. Reducing Environmental impacts 5. Protecting Animal Welfare 6. Delivery through Partnerships Reckitt commitment to sourcing all paper and board packaging materials from certified or recycled sources. The responsible sourcing standard states: ‘Forests from which paper and board originates should be certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), scheme formally endorsed by these bodies or equivalent national forest certification systems Processors and end manufacturers of these materials should also be certified by these bodies and comply with requirements that allow Reckitt’s use of these organisations onpack/consumer logos if required. Paper and board that is certified post-consumer recycled can be used as an alternative to the above’ The Responsible Sourcing Standard is reviewed annually. Reckitt’s Responsible Sourcing team along with Procurement and Marketing actively work with suppliers to work towards compliance of the standard. The outcome of any assessment or discussion on the 6 principles with suppliers can inform purchasing decisions. Reckitt aim to work with suppliers to work towards compliance with the standard via regular discussion and action plans. In the case of a supplier found to be noncompliant Reckitt will work with the supplier to agree a time bound plan to resolve any concerns. In the unlikely case a solution cannot be agreed up to or found Reckitt may suspend our business relationship with the supplier."
        • 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?: 1993-1997
          In their 2021 CDP Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC state that their cut-off date is is 1993-1997. 100% of their of total production/ consumption covered by commitment
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Jurisdictional approach focused on sustainable land use
          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
          "Our minimum standards Our standards require that: • 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..... Annual self assessment: The annual self assessment process is monitored by our Global Supply Leadership Team, which includes RB’s EVP Supply (a member of RB’s Executive Committee) and SVP Purchasing. 2. Risk assessment We will review the Self Assessment Questionnaire responses to classify the selected suppliers as high, medium or low risk. Classification will also take account of the results from any previous audits shared with RB and the inherent risks associated with the supplier’s specific location and business activities. 3. External audit programme Each year selected high risk suppliers will be required to undertake an independent external audit.
        • 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

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company?: Own mechanism
          "The policy is designed to enable all RB employees and Others to “Speak Up” and raise concerns internally and at a senior level and to disclose information which the individual believes shows malpractice or impropriety within the Group. These concerns could include: ▪ Financial malpractice or impropriety or fraud ▪ Failure to comply with legal obligations ▪ Dangers to health and safety or the environment ▪ Criminal activity ▪ Improper conduct or unethical behaviour ▪ Significant breaches of the Code of Conduct and associated policies or procedures ▪ Failure to comply with an applicable industry code to which RB has subscribed ▪ Attempts to conceal any of the above once they have occurred However, this is not intended to be an exhaustive list."
        • Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting total volume
          3/3
          Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting total volume
          3/3
          Reporting certified/compliant volume: 223190 Metric Tonnes

          What product types/sectors is this in?: Cosmetics

          Total volume: 227,567 Metric Tonnes

          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume: 4377 Metric Tonnes

          What is the non-DCF commodity volume sourced from known production areas, and proportion of total supply chain volume this represents?: NA
          "Total Weight (metric tonnes) Paper and board 227,567"
        • Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          3/5
          Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          2.5/5
          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: NA

          What percentage/number of new interests, developments, or expansions has the company used FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities?: NA

          What steps has the company taken to implement their labour rights commitment?: Audit
          "Auditing our suppliers We audited 232 suppliers in 2021, with around 61% achieving a ‘pass’ rating. This is lower than the 67% pass rate achieved in 2020 due to the expansion of our audit programme to a further 115 raw and packaging material suppliers. For some of them, this was the first time they had undergone an ethical audit to assess their on-site labour, health and safety, and environmental practices. This might be because they are a small and so less visible part of global value chains, or potentially because local regulatory frameworks are limited or not routinely inspected. Consequently, many of these suppliers don’t have mature sustainability processes and we will support them to build these as we move forward."
        • Monitor compliance for zero tolerance approach and customary rights
          No
          0/5
        • Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: 100%

          For what percentage of the commodity sourced by the company is deforestation/conversion monitored at the farm level on production units known to be in the company's supply chain?: NA

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Annually

          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 100%

          How is compliance monitored?: Certification; Internal monitoring and verification systems

          For what percentage of suppliers does the company use/rely on external mechanisms to monitor compliance?: NA
          "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

          Does the company work with the non-compliant supplier to develop an implementation plan to remedy associated harms or non-compliance?: Yes

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: Non-compliance with code of business conduct, global manufacturing standard for responsible production and responsible sourcing standards for natural raw materials.

          Does the company commit to engage with rightsholders, Indigenous peoples and local communities when developing the implementation plan?: No

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: NA
          "4. Corrective action 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. Natural raw materials suppliers We may carry out additional visits to suppliers of natural raw materials to discuss how they meet our minimum requirements. We may also require these suppliers to provide sourcing information to help us better understand the origins of the materials they supply. Flexibility 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 in some regions or countries, particularly where there are complex and informal supply chains, reliably confirming compliance may be a difficult, complex and lengthy process. 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
          Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
          Does the company have a list of blacklisted or otherwise excluded suppliers or producers?: No
    • Soy *
      34/90
      • Commitment Strength
        11/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          8/9.5
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            When was this commitment set?: 2022

            Does the company commitment also explicitly apply to hidden/indirect soy?: No
            "Reckitt is publicly commitment to meeting NDPE for all natural raw materials it purchases including soy. This is facilitated through Reckitt’s Responsible Sourcing Standard. Our Responsible Sourcing Standard sets out 6 principles to continue to achieve Reckitt’s commitment to NDPE. It is applicable up-stream from supplier facilities to primary producer lever. "
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Reckitt is publicly commitment to meeting NDPE for all natural raw materials it purchases including soy. This is facilitated through Reckitt’s Responsible Sourcing Standard. Our Responsible Sourcing Standard sets out 6 principles to continue to achieve Reckitt’s commitment to NDPE. It is applicable up-stream from supplier facilities to primary producer lever. "
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: NA
            "Reckitt is publicly commitment to meeting NDPE for all natural raw materials it purchases including soy. This is facilitated through Reckitt’s Responsible Sourcing Standard. Our Responsible Sourcing Standard sets out 6 principles to continue to achieve Reckitt’s commitment to NDPE. It is applicable up-stream from supplier facilities to primary producer lever. "
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone?: NA
            "Reckitt is publicly commitment to meeting NDPE for all natural raw materials it purchases including soy. This is facilitated through Reckitt’s Responsible Sourcing Standard. Our Responsible Sourcing Standard sets out 6 principles to continue to achieve Reckitt’s commitment to NDPE. It is applicable up-stream from supplier facilities to primary producer lever. "
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          4/7.5
          • 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
            When was this commitment set?: 2022
            “Provide details on the level of traceability your organization has for its disclosed commodity(ies). […] Soy […] Point to which commodity is traceable […] country […] % of total production/consumption volume traceable 100% […] Country/Area of origin Argentina Brazil India”
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            “Provide details on the level of traceability your organization has for its disclosed commodity(ies). […] Soy […] Point to which commodity is traceable […] country […] % of total production/consumption volume traceable 100% […] Country/Area of origin Argentina Brazil India”
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: 100% traceable to country
            “Provide details on the level of traceability your organization has for its disclosed commodity(ies). […] Soy […] Point to which commodity is traceable […] country […] % of total production/consumption volume traceable 100% […] Country/Area of origin Argentina Brazil India”
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone?: NA
            “Provide details on the level of traceability your organization has for its disclosed commodity(ies). […] Soy […] Point to which commodity is traceable […] country […] % of total production/consumption volume traceable 100% […] Country/Area of origin Argentina Brazil India”
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        7/17
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Details of commitment: ILO; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Tier 1

          Other workers' rights commitments: Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures
          "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
          0/2
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          1/2
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          1/2
          " No discrimination. Equal opportunities / rights What is discrimination? 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. Why is this important? Discrimination violates a worker’s human rights. It creates divisions within the workforce and dissatisfaction among workers. It exposes employers to risks of prosecution and damage to reputation."
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          1/1
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          0.5/1
          What does the commitment cover?: Social harm; Environmental harm
          "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 test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to test for FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          2/3
          Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to test for FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          2/3
          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Tier 1
          "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 respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          No
          0/3
        • Zero-tolerance approach to violence and threats
          No
          0/3
      • Implementation and Reporting
        16/56
        • Reporting proportion of compliant volumes
          0/0
        • Reporting is independently verified
          No
          0/2
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Jurisdictional approach focused on sustainable land use
          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
          "Our minimum standards Our standards require that: • 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..... Annual self assessment: The annual self assessment process is monitored by our Global Supply Leadership Team, which includes RB’s EVP Supply (a member of RB’s Executive Committee) and SVP Purchasing. 2. Risk assessment We will review the Self Assessment Questionnaire responses to classify the selected suppliers as high, medium or low risk. Classification will also take account of the results from any previous audits shared with RB and the inherent risks associated with the supplier’s specific location and business activities. 3. External audit programme Each year selected high risk suppliers will be required to undertake an independent external audit.
        • 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

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company?: Own mechanism
          "The policy is designed to enable all RB employees and Others to “Speak Up” and raise concerns internally and at a senior level and to disclose information which the individual believes shows malpractice or impropriety within the Group. These concerns could include: ▪ Financial malpractice or impropriety or fraud ▪ Failure to comply with legal obligations ▪ Dangers to health and safety or the environment ▪ Criminal activity ▪ Improper conduct or unethical behaviour ▪ Significant breaches of the Code of Conduct and associated policies or procedures ▪ Failure to comply with an applicable industry code to which RB has subscribed ▪ Attempts to conceal any of the above once they have occurred However, this is not intended to be an exhaustive list."
        • Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          No reporting
          0/3
        • Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          3/5
          Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          2.5/5
          What percentage/number of new interests, developments, or expansions has the company used FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities?: NA

          What steps has the company taken to implement their labour rights commitment?: Audit

          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: NA
          "Auditing our suppliers We audited 232 suppliers in 2021, with around 61% achieving a ‘pass’ rating. This is lower than the 67% pass rate achieved in 2020 due to the expansion of our audit programme to a further 115 raw and packaging material suppliers. For some of them, this was the first time they had undergone an ethical audit to assess their on-site labour, health and safety, and environmental practices. This might be because they are a small and so less visible part of global value chains, or potentially because local regulatory frameworks are limited or not routinely inspected. Consequently, many of these suppliers don’t have mature sustainability processes and we will support them to build these as we move forward."
        • Monitor compliance for zero tolerance approach and customary rights
          No
          0/5
        • Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          How is compliance monitored?: Internal monitoring and verification systems

          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 100%

          For what percentage of suppliers does the company use/rely on external mechanisms to monitor compliance?: 0%

          For what percentage of the commodity sourced by the company is deforestation/conversion monitored at the farm level on production units known to be in the company's supply chain?: NA

          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: 100%

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

          Does the company work with the non-compliant supplier to develop an implementation plan to remedy associated harms or non-compliance?: Yes

          Does the company commit to engage with rightsholders, Indigenous peoples and local communities when developing the implementation plan?: No

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

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: Non-compliance with code of business conduct, global manufacturing standard for responsible production and responsible sourcing standards for natural raw materials.
          "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
    13/17
    Avg. score
  • Implementation and Reporting
    28/56
    Avg. score
  • Associated Human Rights Abuses
    7/17
    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 
Paper Packaging, Personal Products
Segments
Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
United Kingdom
Company Type
Company type 
CO
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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