• Sustainability
  • Our ESG approach

    For a Better World is our 2030 ESG action plan to help create a more sustainable and inclusive world.

    Our ESG approach
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    At RS, a strong environment, social and governance (ESG) approach is core to our purpose, strategy and decision making. From how we work every day to how we create greater long-term value for our stakeholders. Our strong ESG ethos is embedded from start to finish.

    As a global business, we deliver product and service solutions that power the global industrial market. Our comprehensive, integrated approach to sustainability means we can deliver this even more effectively.

    Whether it’s giving our 1.1 million customers a broader range of sustainable products and service solutions, collaborating with over 2,500 suppliers to raise environmental and ethical standards across the supply chain or empowering our 9,000 people through a high-performance, purpose-led culture.

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    How we developed our 2030 ESG action plan

    Built on insights gathered from our materiality assessment, For a Better World complements our Group strategy by delivering long-term value for all our stakeholders.

    For a Better World is formed around four global goals and 15 ambitious actions for 2030. Our approach supports six of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and lays the foundation for our long-term vision to 2050.

    ESG Summary

    How are we doing?

    Below are our four global goals and a 2023/24 update on progress against our key commitments. Find out more about our 15 actions within the relevant sections:

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    Advancing sustainability

    Developing sustainable operations and product and service solutions for our customers and our suppliers.

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    Championing education and innovation

    Partnering with education providers, building skills and fostering innovative solutions that improve lives. 

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    Empowering our people

    Creating a safe, inclusive and dynamic culture where everyone can thrive and grow.

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    Doing business responsibly

    We are taking action to ensure the highest ethical and environmental standards throughout our business and global value chain.