Britain's Most Admired Companies: Top in sector - Health & household

Company name: Reckitt Benckiser

Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

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Address: 103-105 Bath Road, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 3UH, United Kingdom

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Number of employees: 24,900

Company summary: Reckitt Benckiser is a world leader in household, health and personal care, a FTSE top 25 company which has doubled its net revenues since 2000. Our success is led by our 19 global Powerbrands such as Finish, Vanish, Durex, Dettol, Scholl and Veet which aim to achieve global market leadership. Through them we've become number one in the vast majority of markets and categories. Based in the UK, we operate in over 60 countries, while our brands are sold across 180. Our people are the power behind these brands - around 24,900 talented, driven and entrepreneurial individuals, all working together.

Company culture: Our people are not just strong professionals, they are high performers who thrive in a culture that fosters their entrepreneurial spirit. We purposely keep our structure flat and lean, so entrepreneurship can flourish and people can make decisions fast. We encourage constructive conflict, as this enables the best ideas to emerge as people argue openly and passionately for what they are striving to achieve. We move people around our company to ensure fresh perspectives and encourage innovative thinking. Overall this delivers operational agility and rapid delivery, a central part of our culture which unleashes performance time after time.

Diversity, social responsibility: Through our work with Save the Children, we saved 120,000 lives last year, taking us close to 250,000 lives saved since we started this partnership. Of course it can never be enough and now we are aiming to take this to one million lives saved by 2020.

Environment and sustainability: Carbon20 (C20) is RB's long-term commitment to tackle the impact of our products' lifecycle on climate change by addressing their total carbon footprint from cradle to grave. Our target is to reduce the carbon impact of our products by 20% by 2020. Last year we reduced our product carbon emissions by the equivalent of taking 450,000 cars off the road. The Dow Jones Sustainability World Index includes us in the global top 10%.

Innovation: Consumers are at the centre of what we do. For us, innovation starts and ends with consumers - the small ways RB can make life better. So RB builds consumers into product development. It doesn't focus on ideas, but ideas that sell because they meet consumer needs. This creates powerful global brands that can adapt to local preferences and contribute to our exceptional rate of innovation: 35% of our net revenue comes from products launched in the last three years.

Opportunities: What we offer is simple - bigger, better and more competitive opportunities to develop a rewarding career at the forefront of FMCG. We'll offer you an international career with a truly global innovator. We'll give you the challenging environment and responsibility you've been looking for. Whichever direction your ambition takes you, we'll help clear the path. We work in a fast and demanding environment, but one that's highly rewarding - both personally and professionally. We're going to ask a lot. We expect you to ask a lot of us in return.

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