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RB is the world’s leading consumer health and hygiene company, dedicated to helping people live healthier lives in happier homes. The RB product portfolio includes popular consumer products such as Mucinex, K-Y, Amope, Clearasil, Airborne, Lysol, Air Wick, and Woolite, among many others. Since 2003, RB has worked with Save the Children to improve the lives of 2.5 million people around the world – including 1.5 million children.
RB and Save the Children recently announced a groundbreaking new global initiative to end child deaths from diarrhea, one of the top five causes of death among children under five years old. In the world’s poorest countries, diarrhea needlessly claims 1,536 children’s lives a day. That’s 64 children every hour—or more than one child every minute.
With innovative R&D programs, RB is developing products aimed at preventing, controlling and treating this unnecessary killer, and working with Save the Children to educate children on long-term hygiene behavior change. Funded by RB, the Stop Diarrhea program will for the first time fully implement the World Health Organization and UNICEF 7-point plan with signature programs in Pakistan, Nigeria and India.
The 37,000 men and women who work for RB around the world are committed to one purpose - delivering innovative solutions for healthier lives and happier homes. This focus has produced major science and technology breakthroughs, including two unique new products designed specifically to address the diarrhea problem. RB collaborated with suppliers, the University of Nairobi and Save the Children to create the products, starting with a unique immersive workshop in Kenya two years ago. Both products were designed to be affordable to consumers who traditionally have been unable to pay for personal and home hygiene products.
The products are:
RB is not making a profit from these products. Instead, the revenue is being reinvested into the Stop Diarrhea program. The products will also be produced locally, encouraging entrepreneurship, while reducing the overall carbon footprint and transportation costs.
Get Ready Get Safe in the U.S.
In the U.S., RB works with Save the Children to serve poor children in rural schools and help families and schools better prepare for disasters through the Get Ready, Get Safe program.
Get Ready, Get Safe helps communities protect and care for the most vulnerable in times of crisis – America’s children. RB funding helps mobilize and prepare communities for natural disasters like tornadoes, floods and hurricanes. The program provides training and easy-to-use tools for families, schools and communities. RB employee volunteers are trained to work with community groups at “Prep Rallies,” where children and adults get tips for staying safe in disasters.
RB’s Lysol brand has also led an initiative to reach U.S. children in need by bringing them critical health messages through programs such as last year’s traveling Lysol Healthy Habits Bus Tour. Through the tour, RB provided support to schools and camps in communities where Save the Children works. The tour connected parents, caregivers and children with important preventative services and offers germ-prevention and hand-washing tips.