On 26th April 2021 Ethical Consumer viewed the Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC website for the company's environmental policy or report.
Ethical Consumer also sent a questionnaire to the company in April 2021 but no response was received.
An environmental policy was deemed necessary to report on a company's environmental performance and set targets for reducing its impacts in the future. A strong policy would include two future, quantified environmental targets, demonstration by the company that it had a reasonable understanding of its main environmental impacts, be dated within two years and have its environmental data independently verified.
The company's latest sustainability report dated 2020 was viewed.
The company discussed several areas of environmental impact such as chemical use, ingredients, plastics, packaging, climate change, water use and waste. However, it received a worst rating for Pollution & Toxics and so was not considered to have a reasonable understanding of its main impacts.
The company's most recent report was dated within two years.
Two or more quantified future targets were found which included:
- Cutting Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 65% by 2030, compared to 2015
- Cutting Scope 3 GHG emissions by 50% by 2030, compared to 2015
- Sourcing 100% renewable electricity by 2030, compared to 5% in 2015.
- Reduce water in its operations by 30% by 2025 versus 2015.
The data in the report was independently verified by ERM. The report stated "Reckitt Benckiser Group plc (Reckitt) engaged ERM Certification and Verification Services (ERM CVS) to provide limited assurance in relation to specified information in Reckitt Sustainability Insights 2020 (the Reports)". This assurance covered a significant amount of the report's environmental data. ERM stated "Based on our activities, nothing has come to our attention to indicate that the 2020 data and reported progress, as listed in “Scope of our assurance engagement” above and marked † in Reckitt’s ‘Sustainability Insights 2020’ for year ended 31 December 2020, are not fairly presented, in all material respects, with the reporting criteria."
Overall, Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC received middle Ethical Consumer rating for Environmental Reporting and lost half a mark in this category.
Sustainability Report 2021 (26 April 2021)