In March 2020, Ethical Consumer viewed the entry for Reckitt Benckiser on the website, which was published in the USA by the Centre for Responsive Politics. This stated that in 2018 the company had spent $200,000 on lobbying and made $925 in political donations. Of this, $167 was donated to Republican candidates and $758 to Democrats.


Open Secrets generic ref 2019 (2 January 2019)

An investigation by The Times published on April 15 2017 disclosed that FTSE 100 groups had spent more than £24 million on lobbying in Brussels and about £335,000 funding all-party parliamentary groups in Westminster. The research examined political spending between January 2015 to March 2017.
Less than £10,000 of identified political and lobbying spending in the EU was disclosed to shareholders in the companies’ recent annual reports.

According to the report Reckitt Benckiser Group spent 50,000 euros on EU lobbying. The company did not donate to all-party parliamentary groups.
When contacted, the company did not reply.


Big business spends £25m on lobbying politicians (15 April 2017)

In March 2020 Ethical Consumer viewed Reckitt Benckiser Group's Annual Report 2018 which stated that Rakesh Kapoor, CEO, was paid £15,207,462 in 2018, which was a dramatic rise from the year before. Ethical Consumer deemed remuneration over £1 million to be excessive.


2018 Annual Report (24 April 2019)

In March 2020 Ethical Consumer viewed Reckitt Benckiser's family tree on the corporate information website Hoovers listed many high risk subsidiaries in jurisidictions which were considered to be tax havens by Ethical Consumer at the time of writing.

According to Reckitt Benckiser's family tree it had: financial and trustee subsidiaries based in Jersey; over ten holding subsidiaries based in Luxembourg; and holding subsidiaries in the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Bermuda and Guernsey. It also had subsidiaries in Switzerland, Hong Kong and the Netherlands.

The company's latest annual report was checked but it did not contain any country-by-country tax reporting. Reckitt Benckiser therefore received Ethical Consumer's worst rating for likely use of tax avoidance strategies.


Generic Hoovers ref (2020)