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RCL Foods

RCL Foods is one of the biggest food manufacturers in Africa, producing a wide range of branded and private label food products. The company’s operations span across South Africa, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana and Uganda. The group has transformed from four separate businesses (TSB Sugar, Rainbow Chicken, Foodcorp and Vector Logistics) into RCL Foods with two main divisions: Food and Vector Logistics. The Food division produces a variety of products ranging from baking, chicken, grocery and sugar, sold through a wide range of household brand names including Selati Sugar and Supreme Flour. Originally founded in 1960 as Rainbow Chicken, the company now has over 30 brands in its portfolio.

Ranking position
#211 /350
Total score
14.2 /100
Measurement area Score (0-100) Rank (0-350)

Governance and strategy

#1 33.0 /100 #150


#1 20.3 /100 #168


#1 12.7 /100 #131

Social inclusion

#1 3.3 /100 #270
Indicates the score for the top performing company.
Agricultural products and commodities #84
Animal proteins #45
Food and beverage manufacturers/processors #141

Segment ranking summary

RCL Foods ranks 45th among animal protein companies, 84th in agricultural products and commodities and 141st among food and beverage manufacturers/processors. The company ranks in the lower grouping across all segments, due to limited disclosure across all measurement areas. Notably, in social, the company scores poorly against its peers due to little-to-no disclosure across all topics, presenting a risk for the company going forward. Similarly, in nutrition and environment, while the company reports on some issues, the company’s disclosure is currently lagging against its peers who have already started addressing key issues such as sustainable sourcing practices or promoting healthy foods. Nonetheless, the company’s performance in governance and strategy suggests the company is in a position to translate its overall sustainability strategy into practice across the other measurement areas going forward.

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Core social indicators

The core social indicators are part of the social inclusion measurement area. These indicators assess societal expectations of business conduct that companies should meet if they aspire to be part of a system transformation that leaves no one behind.

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  1. 2023

More about the company

Westville, South Africa
Food and agriculture revenue USD
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Onwnership structure
Publicly listed
Number of employees

This company is part of the SDG2000, the 2,000 most influential companies

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