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Sustainability

Sustainability is embedded into all aspects of our Kimberly-Clark culture so that our 57,000 employees, global brands and businesses can help make this a better world now and for generations to come. To ensure that Kimberly-Clark is around for another 140 years we recognize we must integrate sustainability across our value chain - from raw material sourcing to designing our products, to manufacturing, to marketing and selling and post-use with all our brands and our businesses. Our CEO, Tom Falk, has stated that sustainability is not just a nice thing to do, but rather a business imperative required for us to win in the competitive global marketplace. Check out this MIT Sloan Management Review interview with Tom Falk on how committed we are to sustaining the environment.

Learn more about our sustainability approach, explore our most recent initiatives and see how people who want to make a positive difference and give back to our world belong at Kimberly-Clark.

The 3 pillars of sustainability People, Plant and Product are core to the manufacture and delivery of K-C products to our regional markets. Our K-CSA Transformation Charter commits us to this journey in Africa.

People

  • By creating and nurturing a working environment and a corporate culture that together attract and retain the best talent and skill we aim to be the Best Company to work for
  • We value all people who make up the diverse populations in Africa
  • Ensure that Managers and Leaders within the company reflect the diverse profile of the SA and African populations and that they are appropriately empowered and skilled
  • Contributing to a sustainable society through our practices and relationships within our local communities
  • Encouraging effective, open and honest communication internally regarding race, gender, culture and status and with external business partners regarding our transformation status.

Products

  • By creating and maintaining long term economic value for all stakeholders
  • Creating sustainable brand value with a target of 25% of 2015 sales from brands with improved environmental impact

Planet

  • By the continued sourcing of virgin fibre from certified forests and suppliers that prove well managed and sustainable supply
  • Reducing our dependence on volatile commodities such as fibre and energy
  • Committing to lower absolute GHG emissions 5% vs. base year 2010
  • By aiming to achieve zero waste to landfill by reduction, reuse and recycling initiatives
  • By focusing on the sustainable use of resources: water, energy and raw material
  • The reduction of air, effluent and waste emissions by continuous monitoring and improvement.
 

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