Reckitt, one of the world’s largest health, hygiene and nutrition companies, has been announced as a Principal Partner for the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow taking place in November.
The Dettol maker will support the UK Government in delivering a safe conference, providing advice and scientific expertise on hygiene protocols and supplying its products to help prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses, including COVID.
Reckitt has already committed to science-based targets to meet the Paris climate agreement by 2030, aims to power all its operations with 100% renewable electricity by 2030 and become carbon neutral by 2040.
COP26 President Alok Sharma said: “Businesses have a key role to play in helping us build back greener and Reckitt has shown strong leadership by making a clear commitment to combating climate change through science-based measures.
“Good hygiene practices are the foundation of health and I am delighted to welcome Reckitt as Hygiene Partner for COP26. I look forward to working together to ensure a successful and safe COP26 in Glasgow later this year.”
Reckitt is the eighth Principal Partner for COP26, joining companies including Hitachi, National Grid, NatWest Group, Sainsbury’s, ScottishPower and SSE.
Laxman Narasimhan, CEO of Reckitt added: “We’re delighted to be the Hygiene Partner for COP26 and provide our expertise at this pivotal moment in our collective fight against climate change. Throughout our 200-year heritage, we have used our scientific expertise to advance public health, including the innovation of Dettol in Hull in the 1930s to tackle the scourge of sepsis.
“Today we have reinforced our commitments to combat climate change in our ‘For A Cleaner, Healthier World’ roadmap. Climate change, planetary health and public health are intrinsically linked. As the world convenes to take collective action in November, we look forward to playing our part in a successful, historic and safe summit.”