Company Reports Continued Progress in Sustainable Business Practices;
Vision 2010 Program Drives Improved Environmental Performance
DALLAS, April 24 /CNW/ -- Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB) today
released its 2006 Sustainability Report, which describes the company's recent
achievements and future plans for improving environmental, economic and social
responsibility. The complete report and an executive summary are available
online at http://www.kimberly-clark.com/aboutus/sustainability.aspx .
The report illustrates how K-C integrates sustainability into its overall
approach to business. As an example, in 2006 Kimberly-Clark launched Vision
2010, the third, five-year phase of a 15-year sustainability effort that has
yielded significant reductions in energy consumption, fresh water usage,
manufacturing waste landfilled and air emissions benefiting the environment
while reducing the company's operating costs. Among key achievements over the
past year, K-C:
(*) Reduced its energy use by 2 percent and increased efficiency by
approximately 3 percent.
(*) Decreased greenhouse gas emissions per ton of production at its
manufacturing operations by 2 percent.
(*) Increased the use of certified fiber in its products for the fourth
consecutive year, and updated its fiber procurement policy to maximize
the use of environmentally responsible wood fiber and provide that K-C
will not knowingly use fiber from forest areas requiring protection.
"The environmental and social challenges society will face in the coming
decades -- from climate change and tighter regulations to growth in developing
markets -- are real issues that will require changes in behavior, new ways of
operating and broader cooperation among individuals, companies and
governments," said Thomas J. Falk, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We
are prepared to do our part to meet these challenges."
The company's sustainable business practices go beyond environmental
performance to involve all aspects of its business. In 2006, K-C:
(*) Reinforced its commitment to progressive corporate governance through
by-law changes providing stockholders with a stronger voice in
electing company directors.
(*) Began developing sustainability guidelines for suppliers and increased
U.S. spending with minority-and women-owned businesses by 10 percent
to further increase diversity in its supply chain.
(*) Decreased work-related injuries or illnesses resulting in days away
from work by 22 percent.
(*) Donated $24.3 million in cash and product, including employee giving,
to support partner charities and causes local to our global
In addition, Kimberly-Clark announced plans to create an external
Sustainability Advisory Board to provide an independent perspective and to
advise the company on its sustainability programs.
In 2006, K-C received recognition from several organizations as a leader
in corporate citizenship and sustainability. For the second straight year, K-
C ranked No. 1 among personal products companies in the Dow Jones
Sustainability World Indexes, which identify the leading sustainability-driven
companies in their sectors. K-C ranked in the top 1 percent of 3,800 global
companies in a corporate governance survey conducted by GovernanceMetrics
International. The United Way of America named K-C as a Summit Award
recipient for its commitment to improving lives in local communities, and the
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center cited the company
for its international work with UNICEF to help children orphaned by AIDS.
More recently, the company was placed among the top 15 companies in the
inaugural LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health & Sustainability) Index of 50 socially
responsible companies based on a nationwide consumer survey. In addition, CRO
magazine ranked K-C 23rd on its list of "100 Best Corporate Citizens" for
Kimberly-Clark and its well-known global brands are an indispensable part
of life for people in more than 150 countries. Every day, 1.3 billion people-
nearly a quarter of the world's population-trust K-C brands and the solutions
they provide to enhance their health, hygiene and well-being. With brands
such as Kleenex, Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex and Depend, Kimberly-Clark
holds the No. 1 or No. 2 share position in more than 80 countries. To keep up
with the latest K-C news and to learn more about the company's 135-year
history of innovation, visit http://www.kimberly-clark.com .
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