This report was prepared using the GRI G3.1 Guidelines

About This Report

The Kimberly-Clark Corporation 2011 Sustainability Report, Full Circle, is written for our employees, governmental and nongovernmental organizations, consumers, customers, shareholders, business partners, community members and others with an interest in our approach to corporate citizenship.

It details our progress since our 2010 report, published in June 2011, and outlines our future commitments and progress against our Sustainability 2015 goals.

As we consider the most important sustainability issues for Kimberly-Clark, we look no further than our Sustainability 2015 strategy and its three pillars of People, Planet and Products. This strategy integrates elements that will enable Kimberly-Clark to seek to:

  • Sustain and build healthy working environments
  • Develop programs to address the United Nations Millennium Development Goals
  • Innovate products and business models to reach emerging consumers and customers
  • Focus our social programs on global issues and Kimberly-Clark communities
  • Implement programs to reduce energy and water use, greenhouse gas emissions, water discharges and waste generation

This Report demonstrates our sustainability efforts during Kimberly-Clark’s fiscal year (January 1–December 31, 2011) and is aligned with disclosures in our 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K. Reported data compare performance over a five-year period (2007–2011), which is considered best practice. As we have set some new goals under our People, Planet and Products pillars, readers will see some new metrics, starting with a 2010 baseline. We are also striving for an A+ GRI rating, which requires some new data points that we have not published in past reports.

This is Kimberly-Clark’s ninth corporate Sustainability Report. This report and past reports can be downloaded here. Our operations in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China and South Korea also produce country-specific sustainability reports.

Report Boundary

Data in this report are from the period January 1, 2011, through December 31, 2011. Unless otherwise noted, data cover our worldwide consolidated (wholly and majority-owned) operations at December 31, 2011. Locations that were sold or operations that were restructured as a result of the pulp and tissue restructuring actions are excluded when appropriate. Financial information is given in U.S. dollars unless otherwise stated.

Reporting Standards

This report was prepared using the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) G3.1 Reporting Guidelines, which provide a standard framework for organizations to report on their social, environmental, governance and economic performance. We are reporting at a GRI Application Level A+. For more information, please see our GRI Index.

More information on the G3.1 Reporting Guidelines and application levels is available at the GRI website.

We draw on guidance from the Greenhouse Gas Protocol for our carbon reporting. Environmental measurement and calculations are based on data from the Kimberly-Clark Sustainability Database, which houses environmental and production data for all of our global manufacturing facilities and offices. Data are collected quarterly from each of these locations.

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We welcome your comments and suggestions for future reporting. Please contact us at:
800-331-3422 (within the United States and Canada)
920-721-8355 (outside of the United States and Canada)

Or by mail:

Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Dept. KCSR
P.O. Box 2020
Neenah, WI 54957

Forward-looking Information

This publication contains forward-looking information within the meaning of U.S. federal securities laws and is based on expectations and beliefs concerning future events affecting us. There can be no assurance that these events will occur or that our results will be as estimated. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they were made, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update them. In light of the risks and uncertainties involved, you should read the risk factors and forward-looking information sections of Kimberly-Clark’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011. These factors and items described in our other SEC filings, among others, could cause our future results to differ from those expressed in any forward-looking statements.

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Workplace fatalities

While we had zero fatalities in both 2010 and 2011, unfortunately there was a recent death at a Kimberly-Clark de Mexico facility in 2012.

Fiber from certified suppliers

Nearly 100 percent of our fiber is sourced from third-party-certified suppliers such as the Forest Stewardship Council.

Net sales from environmentally innovative products

Approximately 13 percent of our net sales in 2011 came from environmentally innovative products.

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