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Reckitt Benckiser joins The Sustainability Consortium

Reckitt Benckiser (RB), a global consumer goods leader in health, hygiene and home, announced today its membership in The Sustainability Consortium (TSC), an independent global organization that creates sustainability standards for consumer products.

The Consortium is made up of over 90 members including Walmart, Best Buy, McDonalds, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Disney.

RB joins TSC as a member of the Home and Personal Care and Food Beverage and Agriculture sectors. "We are delighted RB has joined The Sustainability Consortium and look forward to working with them and our other members on sustainability indicators,” said Sarah Lewis, Food, Beverage and Agriculture Working Group Director. “RB shares The Sustainability Consortium's full lifecycle approach and ambitious goals for more sustainable products."

“Successful collaboration between retailers, suppliers and producers will enable more transformational change on sustainability,” said Frederic Larmuseau, President, RB North America. “We look forward to sharing our knowledge with the ultimate goals of establishing a robust dialogue with our retailers and providing consumers with more sustainable choices.”

“We are excited to be joining other leading companies in the Sustainability Consortium. I look forward to sharing the valuable expertise gained through our lifecycle Carbon20 program and learning from other members' experiences,” said Dave Challis, Sustainability Director at RB. “A lifecycle approach helps us to make balanced decisions about products' sustainability. It underpins better design, improves supplier impacts and communication with consumers and is essential to make the most progress with products from start to finish.”

Earlier this year RB announced they had hit their Carbon20 target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20% eight years early. This performance is based on reducing emissions throughout a RB product's lifecycle, from raw material sourcing to disposal, and is equivalent to taking 3 million cars off the road. RB was also recently named to the 2012 Carbon Disclosure Project's Global 500 Carbon Performance Leadership Index.

Other recent achievements highlighted in RB's most recent Sustainability report include:
• 16% reduction in fresh water usage (per unit of production) versus 2000
• 5.4 million trees planted since 2006 as part of Trees For Change®, effectively making RB's manufacturing sites carbon neutral
• 23% reduction in accident rate versus 2010 (92% reduction versus 2001)
• 775,000 children reached with Save The Children since 2003 (175,000 in 2011)
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