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Suhas Apte
Vice President,
Global Sustainability
A sustainability vision is no longer a "nice to have," it's a strategic imperative

Our Approach to Sustainability

In 2011, Kimberly-Clark announced its Sustainability 2015 strategy and five-year goals under three pillars: People, Planet, Products.

This strategy is advancing the progress we've already made in areas such as waste and energy reductions, third-party-certified fiber sourcing and workplace safety. It is providing greater focus in other areas, notably our Kimberly-Clark Foundation and social initiatives, and with this strategy, we are setting new sustainability priorities as we embrace a lifecycle approach to our products.

In short, Sustainability 2015 represents a shift in our thinking—from a focus on our own operational footprint to a broader view of our responsibilities throughout our value chain. This holistic approach reflects the ever-increasing number and complexity of environmental and societal issues facing our global communities, and recognizes that sustainability in its multiple aspects is an integral part of our business. A sustainability vision is no longer a "nice to have," it is now a strategic imperative.

Our strategy sets challenging goals that we embrace with enthusiasm, while acknowledging that they will require us to become more innovative to achieve them. Key elements of the strategy include:

  • Embedding our sustainability initiatives into our 2015 Global Business Plan
  • Focusing on innovation in our products throughout their lifecycle
  • Enhancing corporate and brand equity through focused social programs
  • Measuring our progress.

In addition to our Sustainability 2015 goals, we have identified four focus areas in which we believe we can take an industry-leading role. These areas include forest conservation, access to water and sanitation in communities, responsible solutions for postconsumer waste, and providing access to essentials for a better life through our global social giving programs developed in partnership with our brands' health and hygiene products. These are areas where tremendous need exists today, and we can make a positive impact.

The scope of these challenges is vast, such as addressing postconsumer disposal of our products, which is why we will build and expand on our engagements with our employees, customers, suppliers, environmental and social nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and industry. Through cooperative efforts, we believe we can make a difference.

The focus of our Sustainability 2015 strategy has set a path to ensure long-term success for our company and access to essentials for communities around the world. At the same time, we understand that addressing the global issues in the 21st century cannot be done without looking further into the future.

We invite you to join us on our journey to a more sustainable future.

Suhas Apte Vice President, Global Sustainability
Suhas Apte
Vice President, Global Sustainability

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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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