Kimberly-Clark's suppliers provide us with many of the materials and services needed to make our products.
Our relationships with suppliers are essential to our ability to deliver on our promises to customers and consumers. We seek to do business with those who share our values of quality, service and fair-dealing, as well as our commitment to sustainability.
Ensuring high standards in our dealings with our suppliers is an important business goal and part of our Code of Conduct and Human Rights in Employment policy. In 2011, we further underscored the importance of these standards with the release of an updated Guide for Suppliers and approval of a new Supplier Social Compliance Standards and Checklist. These standards are consistent with the goals of several international standards, including the Labor Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, as well as the principles of the United Nations Global Compact, which we signed in 2010.
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.
We are active in 62 percent of communities in which we have facilities.
We have communicated to all key suppliers, and are rolling out the standards to our remaining suppliers in a phased approach.
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