Company used less water, less energy, produced less carbon dioxide in 2008
DALLAS, April 16 /CNW/ -- Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB) today
released its 2008 Sustainability Report, Shaping a Healthier World, which
highlights the company's ongoing efforts to build sustainability into all
aspects of its business.
"It is truly inspiring to see how the passion of our employees fuels our
sustainability efforts," said Kimberly-Clark Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer Tom Falk. "Because of their hard work, we used less water, less
energy and produced less carbon dioxide in 2008, even though we made more
products than ever before."
In addition to environmental achievements, the report highlights the
commitment Kimberly-Clark employees around the globe have demonstrated to
improving the lives of people in their respective countries and communities,
including programs and causes like El Salvador Verde, MedShare International,
earthquake relief in China, and the United Way in the U.S. These programs,
and many others, have benefited not just from the financial support of
Kimberly-Clark, but also from the contributions and labor of love of K-C
Falk continued: "We truly appreciate and celebrate our sustainability
successes to date, but we know our work is not complete. We know that we must
continue building our company in a world of increasingly scarce resources and
vulnerable ecosystems. Because sustainability is a core value at
Kimberly-Clark, we know that making better choices for the environment and
society often means making better choices for our business."
The full web-based 2008 Sustainability Report is available online at
www.kimberly-clark.com/aboutus/sustainability.aspx along with the 2008
Sustainability Report Summary (PDF), which will be translated into the
following languages by early May: German, Spanish, French, Italian, Polish,
Russian, Danish, Swedish and Norwegian.
For the first time, an introductory video from Tom Falk welcomes website
visitors to the report. In the video, Falk also recognizes K-C's Korean
affiliate, YuHan-Kimberly, for its Keep Korea Green program, which celebrates
its 25th anniversary this year. The program has helped restore thousands of
acres of Korean forestlands and has become synonymous with K-C brands in that
Additionally, an external assessment of the report, conducted by the five
independent members of Kimberly-Clark's Sustainability Advisory Board, can be
found within the web-based report. This panel advises the company on
sustainability issues, and provides a more independent view of K-C's
Highlights in Shaping a Healthier World include:
-- For the fourth consecutive year, Kimberly-Clark led the personal
products category of the 2008 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index.
-- Since 2005, K-C has increased its energy efficiency by 4.5 percent and
achieved a 7 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions per ton of
production at its manufacturing facilities.
-- 98% of the wood fiber Kimberly-Clark used on a global basis in 2008
came from suppliers or forestlands certified to one of five
internationally-recognized sustainable forestry systems.
-- Kimberly-Clark's total contributions to good causes around the world
totaled $22.7 million in 2008, including more than $4 million
contributed by K-C employees in conjunction with the K-C Foundation's
Matching Gifts program and K-C's United Way campaign.
-- GovernanceMetrics International ranked K-C in the top one percent
nearly 4,200 companies surveyed in its most recent rating. The
top-ranking companies were recognized for best-in-class corporate
-- K-C China received the Most Admired Corporate Citizen award from the
China Corporate Citizenship Committee.
-- YuHan-Kimberly has been recognized for its excellent ethical
in the Korean Business Ethics Index 2008 conducted by the Ministry of
Knowledge Economy and the Institute for Industry Policy and Study. The
Korean Management Consulting Association has named YuHan-Kimberly one
of the most admired companies in Korea for five consecutive years.
-- Recognition from The United States Environmental Protection Agency:
-- EPA Energy Star Partner of the Year for K-C's work in 2008
-- EPA SmartWay Transportation Excellence Award for the second
-- Ranked ninth on the EPA's list of Fortune 500 companies using
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 positions in more than 80
countries. To keep up with the latest K-C news and to learn more about the
company's 137-year history of innovation, visit www.kimberly-clark.com.
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