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Total Fiber Used in 2011 (million mt)
Manufacturing (million mt)

Supporting Healthy Forests

Kimberly-Clark is committed to sustaining natural forests.

In 2011, the company used approximately 2.48 million metric tons of virgin fiber. With our manufacturing needs representing 6 percent of total market pulp demand, the company must support a sustainable supply of fiber—sustainable not simply for our requirements but equally for the health of the global ecosystems where we live and work. In the past—when Kimberly-Clark owned and managed woodlands—it was a leader in sustained yield forestry and maintained active tree-planting programs. Now that we have divested our woodlands and pulping assets, we are committed to ensuring that our supply chain is environmentally responsible and has embraced sustainable forestry principles. Forests are so important that the business community, including Kimberly-Clark, must continuously and collaboratively work to preserve these natural resources.

In 2007, Kimberly-Clark adopted what has been recognized by industry and NGOs as a groundbreaking global fiber procurement policy. We are committed to using environmentally responsible fiber from three sources:

  • Wood pulp purchased from suppliers that have achieved forest management or chain of custody certification
  • Wood pulp that we have manufactured from logs or chips obtained from forest-certified suppliers
  • Recycled fiber recovered from pre-consumer or postconsumer waste paper

In addition, Kimberly-Clark will not knowingly use conflict wood, illegally harvested wood fiber or wood fiber procured from High Conservation Value Forests.

Kimberly-Clark has achieved sustainability results far beyond other large companies in the sector, netting real benefits for forests worldwide.

– Rolf Skar, Forest Campaign Director, Greenpeace U.S.

Given the company’s breadth of product offerings and market influence, we commend Kimberly-Clark’s leadership in pushing the pulp and paper industry toward more responsible sourcing practices. Our collaboration is improving forest management, reducing impacts from production, and helping protect the forests and habitats at the core of our mission. And Kimberly-Clark is offering consumers responsible alternatives for tissue and personal care products. This shows the true power of collaboration.

– Kerry Cesareo, Managing Director–Forests, World Wildlife Fund

The demands on natural forests continue to grow with a growing population and new products and services entering the marketplace. Because fiber is such an important aspect of our business, and because trees and forests play a critical role in the health of the global environment, Kimberly-Clark has chosen to lead by conserving forests through protection, reforestation, responsible fiber sourcing and research. In 2011, approximately 30 percent of the wood fiber we used was sourced from natural forests. We are working to identify alternatives to traditional fiber sources to reduce our footprint in natural forests.

We provide information on our fiber policy—responsible sourcing of wood fiber and reforestation efforts—in the following pages. We also describe some of the important relationships that make our progress possible.

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Reduction in water use and maintain quality of discharge

Using a 2010 baseline, we have reduced our absolute water consumption by nearly 1 percent while maintaining water quality.

Fiber from certified suppliers

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

Absolute reduction in GHG

We reduced our absolute global greenhouse gas emissions by over 1 percent, based on a 2010 baseline, primarily driven by lower production levels at our mills.

manufacturing waste to landfill

Under 22 percent of our waste is currently sent to landfills, and our global nonwovens facilities have been virtually landfill-free for a decade.

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