For a Cleaner, Healthier World
Every day, Reckitt’s brands are supporting people to lead cleaner, healthier lives through better health, hygiene and nutrition. Together, we are driven by our purpose to protect, heal and nurture in the relentless pursuit of a cleaner, healthier world. We believe access to the highest quality hygiene, wellness and nourishment is a right for people across the world. This is our fight.
Sustainability is central to our purpose and runs through everything we do.
Our ambitions focus on three areas:
Our starting point in addressing sustainability is establishing what matters most to both internal and external stakeholders, from customers, consumers and communities, to investors, suppliers and employees. Our latest materiality assessment results reaffirm the ambitions and associated targets we set in 2021 – purpose-led brands, a healthier planet, and a fairer, more inclusive and diverse society – are relevant to all stakeholders and that our priorities match theirs. They tell us we’re prioritising the right issues: there’s a clear connection between our most material issues, our 2030 ambitions and our business strategy.
WWF and Reckitt launched a partnership in March 2021 to tackle causes where we can make the most impact. Together, we will help restore and protect 2,100km of freshwater within two of the world’s most important ecosystems in the Amazon and the Ganges. The programmes aim to improve the quality of freshwater resources to allow people and nature to thrive.
We’re also inspiring millions to fight for nature through our brand partnerships with Air Wick and Finish. Together we will restore over 1.2 billion square feet of wildflower habitats globally and replenish 500 million litres of freshwater in the UK. Through our partnership we are also raising awareness with people on the biodiversity and water crises. In addition, WWF is supporting Reckitt’s sustainable business transformation through joint research and collaboration focusing on water, climate change and biodiversity.
Since 2019 we’ve worked with Water.org, a global non-profit organisation that uses affordable finance to increase women’s access to safe water and sanitation. Our funding has enabled Water.org to provide more than 177,000 loans, worth £36 million, to women in India, Indonesia and Kenya. These easily accessible loans, with affordable interest rates and long repayment periods, help women build or improve their own toilets, sinks and wells. Besides the health and security benefits, women who have clean water and private sanitation have more time to go to school and to work.
Our investment is self-sustaining. The banks that provide the loans make profits on them, and since 99% are repaid, that money can be lent to other women. In August 2021 we extended our partnership with Water. org, to offer loans to even more women, helping to secure better access to clean water and sanitation.