Kimberly-Clark Professional Announces Industry First: FSC Certification for Its North American Tissue and Towel Products




    ROSWELL, Ga., Aug. 13 /CNW/ -- Kimberly-Clark Professional has received
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) chain-of-custody certification for a broad
range of tissue and towel products, making it the first away-from-home tissue
products provider in North America to receive this distinction.

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    "FSC standards are globally recognized as the highest social and
environmental standards in forestry," said Richard Thorne, vice president of
Kimberly-Clark Professional North America. "This certification enables us to
support forest stewardship as well as continue to provide a wide range of
sustainable product choices for our customers."

    The certification applies to a variety of Kimberly-Clark Professional
tissue products marketed under the Kleenex and Scott brand names for the
away-from-home market.  The products will feature the FSC label on their
packaging starting in September 2009.  The label certifies that the wood fiber
used to make the products comes from well-managed FSC-certified forests or
from post-consumer recycled fiber.  FSC chain of custody procedures provide a
link between the forest where the fiber originated and the product into which
it is manufactured. Possession and transfer of wood fiber from the
FSC-certified forest are tracked through every stage of manufacture.

    "Kimberly-Clark is the first tissue company in North America to seek and
obtain FSC chain-of-custody certification," said Corey Brinkema, President,
FSC-US.  "FSC and Kimberly-Clark share the belief that FSC-certified primary
wood fiber and recycled fiber can both be used in ways that are
environmentally and socially responsible, while providing the product
performance that customers expect from these well-known brands. Today's
announcement demonstrates Kimberly-Clark's commitment to the responsible use
of wood fiber and reflects its industry-leading practices in this area."

    FSC is an international, independent organization dedicated to promoting
responsible management of the world's forests.  It was founded in response to
public concern about deforestation and demand for a trustworthy wood-labeling
system.  FSC has developed a system of forest certification and product
labeling that allows consumers to identify wood and wood-based products from
well-managed forests that meet the social, economic and ecological needs of
present and future generations.  FSC is also the only forest certification
system supported by such major environmental groups as Greenpeace, the World
Wildlife Fund (WWF), The Nature Conservancy, and National Wildlife Federation.

    "Kimberly-Clark Professional prides itself on our balanced approach to
the environment," said Thorne.  "We have long been leaders in providing
high-performance, environmentally responsible, source-reduced products.  The
FSC certification is a major initiative, taking us to the next stage in our
efforts to achieve the highest levels of environmental responsibility."

    In addition to its FSC-certified products, Kimberly-Clark Professional
uses FSC-certified paper for its catalogs, brochures and other printed
materials.  All catalogs and many other printed materials are also available
online, which helps reduce the number of paper copies.

    Kimberly-Clark Professional is committed to providing quality products
that help preserve the environment while satisfying the needs and preferences
of customers.  Its offerings include source-reduced products that help people
use less, waste less and leave less.  Many of these products also last longer
than standard tissue and towel systems.  Kimberly-Clark Professional also
continues to invest in technologies that promote the inclusion of recycled
fiber while maintaining the superior performance of its products. Its
well-known brands include Kleenex and Scott.

    Kimberly-Clark Professional is a member of the U.S. Green Building
Council (USGBC), the nation's leading nonprofit coalition advancing buildings
that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live
and work.  The company has partnered with USGBC primarily in support of the
Council's efforts to advance the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design) Program for Existing Buildings.

    For more information about Kimberly-Clark Professional, its products and
its sustainability program, visit www.kcprofessional.com.
    

    About Kimberly-Clark Professional

    
    Kimberly-Clark Professional is an indispensable business partner,
delivering leading-edge health, hygiene and productivity solutions that
provide tangible value every day, everywhere.  Known for innovative, quality
solutions for away-from-home washrooms, "clean" and "industrial" manufacturing
environments, and DIY settings, the global brands of Kimberly-Clark
Professional include Kleenex, Scott, Kimcare, WypAll, KleenGuard, and Kimtech.
With the acquisition of Jackson Safety, Kimberly-Clark Professional offers an
even broader range of PPE and other safety offerings, including market-leading
welding and work zone safety products.  Kimberly-Clark Professional, located
in Roswell, Ga., is one of Kimberly-Clark Corporation's four business segments
and can be visited on the web at www.kcprofessional.com.
    

    About Kimberly-Clark

    
    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
-- almost 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.
    

    About the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

    
    The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international, not-for-profit
organization established to promote the responsible management of the world's
forests. It provides standard-setting, trademark assurance and accreditation
services for companies and organizations interested in responsible forestry.
There are currently more than 100 million acres of FSC-certified forestland in
the United States and Canada and more than 281 million acres globally. More
than 14,000 manufacturers and distributors are certified to buy and sell FSC
products, representing more than $20 billion in FSC-labeled product annually.
For more information, visit www.fscus.org or www.fsc.org.
    



    




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For further information: Iris Raylesberg of Kapnek Communications for
Kimberly-Clark Professional, +1-215-830-9890, iris@kapnek.com; or Kara Herron
of Kimberly-Clark Professional, +1-770-587-8049, kara.herron@kcc.com

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