Commitment to respecting human rights

We have a clear commitment to respect human rights that all within and who do business with Reckitt must follow.

Reckitt believes that human rights, which includes no slavery and human trafficking, are an absolute and universal requirement and is committed to upholding those rights, as expressed in the International Bill of Human Rights and the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. We are also committed to following the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD’s) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

We recognise the important role that businesses play in society and the responsibility we have in helping to ensure human rights are respected. Our commitment to respecting human rights is publicly disclosed through our Code of Business Conduct and our Policy on Human Rights and Responsible Business. These policies apply to all employees and contractors of, and suppliers of goods and services to Reckitt. We also encourage our suppliers to communicate our requirements within their supply chain.

Our Policy on Human Rights and Responsible Business outlines the minimum labour, health & safety, environmental and business integrity standards we expect our facilities and those of suppliers to meet, in the production of goods and provision of services to Reckitt.

Our requirements are closely aligned with the Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI) base code and the conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and consists of ten principles:

  1.  No child labour. Limitation of work by young workers
  2. No forced or bonded labour
  3. Safe and healthy working environment
  4. No discrimination. Equal opportunities/rights
  5. No harmful or inhumane treatment
  6. Reasonable terms and conditions of employment
  7. Effective communication between employees and management. Right to freedom of association
  8. Protection of the environment
  9. Conducting business with integrity
  10. Implementation of management systems to drive compliance

We take any adverse human rights impacts extremely seriously. Where Reckitt identifies that it has caused or contributed to any such impacts, it will co-operate in or provide for appropriate and legitimate processes to remedy these.

We acknowledge the growing importance and complexity of the issue of human rights and are committed to continuously improving our approach, following the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights as our model.