Kimberly-Clark Sustainability

Feb 17, 2015 2:05 PM ET
Campaign: Forest Footprint

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Since Kimberly-Clark's inception in 1872 we have had a focus on sustainable forestry. That focus continues as we lead the way in environmentally responsible fiber use through the following actions:

  • Sourcing 100% of our wood fiber, by 2015, from suppliers that have received third-party certification of their forestry activities
  • Obtaining 90% of the fiber, by 2025, in our tissue products from environmentally preferred sources. This includes Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified wood fiber, recycled fiber and sustainable alternative fibers.
  • Transitioning at least 50% of wood fiber sourced from natural forests to alternative fiber sources by 2025

"Kimberly-Clark has modest environmental impact reduction objectives. It is no surprise, then, that with its strong efficiency and culture of continuous improvement, K-C has achieved or exceeded most 2015 targets. While that is a job well done, there is still more to achieve! I would encourage the company to set its ambitions and goals to a heightened level and speed required by the threat of a climate crisis, the pressures of deforestation and urban consumer waste, and the needs of communities suffering water, sanitation and food stresses." 
— Claude Fussler
    Sustainability Advisory Board Member

Fiber Use in 2013

Total market pulp consumed by Kimberly-Clark in its manufacturing our products: 4.4%

  • Total virgin wood fiber used in Kimberly-Clark products: approx. 2.40 million air-dried metric tons (ADMT)
  • Environmentally preferred fiber used: 71.7%*
  • Reduction of fiber sourced from natural forest: 24%.

*Refers to global fiber supply

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