Enabling a fairer society for all
A spirit of social purpose is the DNA that runs through Reckitt. Doing the right thing for the world is our compass and the right thing for our business.
Our ambition for 2030 is to enable a fairer society, as an employer and throughout our value chain. For the people we work with around the world, that’s a fairer more diverse and inclusive society. For us, an inclusive culture where our people are treated equally.
Creating freedom to succeed
- Enable a fairer society, as an employer and throughout the value chain
- As an inclusive culture where everybody is treated fairly and equally
- Our teams represent the diverse geographies we operate in and the people we serve
- 50/50 gender balanced management at all levels by 2030
Positive, lasting impact
- Providing adequate access to water, hygiene and sanitation, for safety and freedom from disease
- Supporting mothers and infants so that they get the best start in life
- Empowering young women to take control of their bodies, their health and their lives
- A lasting, positive impact in communities through our Fight for Access Fund and programmes.
Fairness across our value chain
- Sustainable livelihoods and working conditions
- Strengthen human rights throughout our value chain
- Sustainable livelihoods and working conditions
- Our teams and communities throughout our value chain have livelihoods that enable their health and wellness
- Embed Human Rights through Impact Assessments and action plans in our key value chains by 2030
In this section
Discover how we strive to enable a fairer society, as an employer and throughout our value chain.
At Reckitt, we strive to create the environment that gives our employees the Freedom to Succeed. Freedom is in our DNA and shows in our bold approach to working and winning together. By introducing the Freedom to Succeed value proposition, we wish to embolden our people to win at both a personal and professional level while finding purpose.
This is a narrative of collaboration and unity, focused on people’s stories and what its really like to work at Reckitt, striving together to create a healthier and happier world.
We have two key initiatives to help us succeed: our DARE programme and the Accelerate leadership development programme. DARE aims to Develop, Attract, Retain and Engage talented women, and positively supports work-life balance, dual careers and international mobility. The Accelerate programme includes three-day workshops where female leaders build upon their strengths and develop strong support networks to develop their careers
We put the health and safety of our employees first following the outbreak of COVID-19. We swiftly launched a comprehensive guide to keep all our employees safe at work, whether on the frontline in our manufacturing sites or adjusting to the realities of home working.
We followed five guiding principles – putting our people first, locally-led decisions to reopen, a phased and gradual return to the workplace, mutual accountability through involving our employees in the decision to return, and protecting our frontline. Our latest guide can be found here.
We have launched a new partnership between Fair Rubber and Durex. This is a first for the world’s leading condom brand, and a first for Reckitt’s global brands.
The partnership will make a real difference to the farmers and smallholders who grow rubber trees that provide our latex.
Through the partnership, we will pay a fair trade premium for the rubber we buy. Since the Fair Rubber Association was established nine years ago, recipients of the Fair Trade premium have used it to invest in: their children’s education, housing, and surrounding communities. Reckitt will also work with farmers to improve farming practices to increase yield.
In Thailand we will continue to work with Earthworm Foundation to improve the livelihoods of smallholder latex farmers, helping the supply network to be more resilient for the future. We are prioritising:
- Increasing farmer and household income from latex and other sources, such as livestock-raising;
- Adopting regenerative agriculture practices such as agro-forestry, which can improve productivity and enhance ecosystems;
- Improving living and working conditions, for example through the better use of personal protective equipment;
- Enabling farmers to invest in their farm community for their long-term livelihoods.
In 2019, we ran a pilot Transport Driver’s Safety and Wellbeing workshop in India. This was due to a growing understanding of the social issues associated with road transport throughout our supply chain. Truck drivers in India often have a high risk of contracting HIV/AIDs, suffer high levels of stress associated with long hours and have limited job-security.
The project attempted to help improve these areas, focusing on vehicle safety, drivers’ health and wellbeing and financial wellbeing. The workshop included all five third-party distribution centres and our major transport contractors. The workshop was well received and we will roll the programme out fully in 2020.