Working to improve health and hygiene

We’ve been working with RB (formerly Reckitt Benckiser) since 2003. So far, the partnership has raised over £35m and directly impacted the lives of more than 1.7 million children. In 2013, we launched a major new global initiative to stop children dying from diarrhoea.

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RB and Save the Children have united to stop children under five dying from diarrhoea. Our collaboration combines Save the Children’s long-standing experience of delivering life-saving treatments on the ground with RB’s expertise in product research and development.

Each year, around 526,000 children die from diarrhoea – it's a leading killer of children under five. Our ground-breaking and sustainable ‘Stop Diarrhoea’ programme will provide treatments for diarrhoea. It will also focus on prevention and control through vaccinations, improved sanitation, innovative and affordable products and improvements to hygiene practices.

RB CEO Rakesh Kapoor said: “Businesses like RB have a responsibility beyond results and our larger role is to do more for the world.

"We want to make a difference by providing innovative solutions for healthier lives and happier homes. Our growing partnership with Save the Children will go some way to creating lasting improvements in the health and hygiene of vulnerable children and families globally.

"Together, we want to help stop diarrhoea being one of the biggest causes of death in children. This is ambitious but we believe that with the knowledge and strength of our partnership, it is achievable.”

Already, RB has developed two innovative new hygiene and sanitation products to help combat diarrhoea: a low-cost multi-purpose antibacterial soap that can be used for hands, clothes, surfaces and bathing, and a 'toilet powder' to improve hygiene in pit latrines. RB will reinvest all revenue from these products into fighting diarrhoea.

Employee involvement

RB’s 60 offices around the world have played a significant part in the company's global commitment to Save the Children. In 2016, employees and RB contributed an incredible £4.5m to fund our global Stop Diarrhoea programmes, as well as supporting programmes locally.

Fundraising activities have included the bi-annual Global Challenge. In 2017, 40 RB employees spent a week in India undertaking renovations of school and community facilities. In total, they raised an incredible £148,000.


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