We’re a growing community of 40,000+ diverse, talented entrepreneurs – united in the relentless pursuit of a cleaner, healthier world. Drawing on each other’s skills and working together, we put people at the heart of our business. Through research and development, science and partnership, we make products that people have loved and trusted for generations.
Hygiene is the foundation of health. The global pressures of urbanisation and climate change are increasing the need for improved hygiene products, services and education. Health related events are challenging public systems and driving the underlying demand for self-care, STI prevention and good hygiene practices. Digital is transforming what and how people buy. The world needs sustainable solutions to a host of new mega-trends. We help people dealing with these new challenges by innovating in areas like personalised nutrition, wellness, and digital health and hygiene.
The magnitude of these societal challenges underscores also why our portfolio must not just do well, but also be authentically engaged in doing good.
Our focus on cutting-edge science and our strong sense of social responsibility stretches back to 1819. Together they have enabled us to help people lead healthier lives and have happier homes for over 200 years. Our business is dynamic, our teams are diverse and the purpose and vision we all share have made RB the unique, leading global consumer health and hygiene company it is today.
Thomas and Isaac Reckitt build the Maud Foster mill
Benckiser founded in Germany as an industrial chemicals business, by Johann A. Benckiser
Reckitt & Sons founded in Hull
Reckitt & Sons merges with J & J Colman to become Reckitt & Colman
Benckiser acquires Finish in 1987 to complement its Calgonit automatic dishwasher range, which was to launch in 1964
Veet, the depilatory product, which has been on the market since the 1920s, joins the RB family
RB acquires Gaviscon, adding the brand to the family
RB acquires Air Wick, adding the brand to the family
RB acquires Lehn & Fink, adding the Lysol brand to the family
Reckitt and Benckiser merge to become Reckitt Benckiser
RB completes the acquisition of Boots Healthcare International, adding the Nurofen and Strepsils brands to the family
Adams Respiratory Therapeutics acquisition. RB enters USA’s OTC market and welcomes Mucinex to the RB family
The acquisition of SSL welcomes the Durex and Scholl brands to the RB family
Schiff Nutrition acquisition adds several brands including MegaRed to RB, strengthening its position in the health and wellness market
RB acquires K-Y, adding the brand to the family
RB acquires Hypermarcas, adding the Jontex brand to the family
RB acquires Mead Johnson Nutrition, adding the Enfamil brand to the family
RB 2.0, the creation of two focused and fully accountable business units – Health and Hygiene Home
RB acquires UpSpring, an innovative pre and post-natal health company