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We are the first company to sell FSC tissue in North America
Manufacturing (million mt)
Manufacturing (million mt)
Total Virgin Fiber Used (million mt)
Total Virgin Fiber Used (million mt)

Valuing Our Planet

Kimberly-Clark has long recognized the importance of environmental conservation and protection.

After all, our business success depends on the availability of some of the globe's essential natural resources. Our 2015 Sustainability strategy builds on our foundation of environmental commitments and accomplishments while setting new targets consistent with the complexity of today's environmental challenges.

In November 2011, Kimberly-Clark updated its environmental, energy and waste policies. The new policies on Protection of the Environment, Waste Minimization and Landfill Elimination, and Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Reduction capture our current thinking and reflect the goals and strategies of our global businesses. We benefited from the input of our Sustainability Advisory Board in formulating the new policies. We also began development of a position paper on climate change, which we expect to publish on our corporate website in 2012.

As a fundamental value, Kimberly-Clark seeks to operate in compliance with all applicable environmental laws and regulations. We foster employee engagement to drive continuous improvement beyond compliance. We also work collaboratively with stakeholders that share an interest in protecting, conserving and replenishing natural resources.

2011 Highlights

  • Kleenex brand became the first U.S. branded consumer tissue to offer tissue products certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) to North American consumers, while Kimberly-Clark Professional expanded its FSC certification to more than 95 percent of its tissue and towel lines in North America
  • Kimberly-Clark and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) announced a global agreement with WWF's Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN) as part of our commitment to responsible sourcing practices
  • Our work since 2007 with the Sustainable Forest Mosaics Initiative was featured as a case study in the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations' State of the World's Forests 2011 report, which outlines the results to date of global forest areas set aside for conservation and restoration
  • We initiated water-replenishment projects in India, Israel, Colombia and Spain, with a total anticipated return to communities of 205 million gallons (776 million liters), a first step toward a ten-year goal.
  • Our entire Personal Care Europe business achieved Kimberly-Clark's Sustainability 2015 goal of zero waste to landfill
  • We made significant investments in combined heat and power generation at our Millicent facility in Australia, and in solar collectors to generate power at our Romagnano facility, in Italy
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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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