Kimberly-Clark Corp., parent company of Kimberly-Clark Professional, has issued its 2020 sustainability report.
The report details the company’s progress toward its 2030 sustainability goals and highlights its achievements in the past 12 months.
Kimberly-Clark’s study also focuses on the company’s landfill diversion and greenhouse gas reduction efforts and spotlights new products designed to increase the use of environmentally preferred fibres such as alternative and recycled fibres.
“Reflecting on the past year, I am incredibly proud of how Kimberly-Clark and our people responded in a powerful way when the world needed us the most,” said Mike Hsu, Kimberly-Clark CEO.
“We know the hard work is still ahead of us and growing for good means that we must be bolder and act faster to help address the social and environmental challenges facing our customers, consumers, communities, and the planet.”
Key highlights of the company’s 2020 results include:
- Reached 8.5 million people in vulnerable and underserved communities through programs and initiatives led by Kimberly-Clark and its brands, pushing the company beyond its initial 2022 goal to impact 25 million lives.
- Reduced its absolute Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions (direct and indirect) from operations by 32.1 per cent versus its 2015 baseline. The company is working against climate reduction targets approved last year by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).
- New products that will increase its use of environmentally preferred fibers such as alternative and recycled fibers, including the launch of the Kleenex ECO bath tissue range in Australia, which is the first 100 per cent FSC®-certified bamboo product.
- Decreased the company’s water usage in water-stressed regions by 32.5 per cent by creating significant improvements in its supply chain and the surrounding communities.
- Achieved 100 per cent landfill diversion at more than half of Kimberly-Clark’s manufacturing sites around the world, and globally, the company is diverting 96 per cent of its operational waste from landfills to higher-value alternatives.
- Completed 76 per cent of its originally scheduled social compliance audits of customer, supplier and Kimberly-Clark workplaces by using alternative tools to continue monitoring workplace performance and human rights standards while also adhering to applicable COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
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