Kimberly Clark has introduced new sustainability priorities and goals through 2022 in its annual report on sustainability, which was published on 30 June 2016.
The report also revealed that the company achieved or surpassed all of its five year sustainability goals.
“Our vision is to lead the world in essentials for a better life. From the products we make to help mums care for their families to having the proper regard for the environment, this vision inspires us to care for the communities where we live and work,” shared Kimberly Clark CEO and chairman of the board Tom Falk.
“In 2015, we achieved or surpassed our five-year sustainability goals and will continue to set aggressive goals for ourselves to make a positive impact in the world around us.”
Kimberly Clark attributes its sustainability success to collaboration across teams and with key customers, suppliers, business partners and non-governmental organisations. The company also ‘expanded its socially and environmentally focused programs and made great strides to reduce its environmental footprint while delivering programs to enable positive social impact’.
“We’re proud of the progress we’ve made in finding ways to grow Kimberly-Clark sustainably,” said chief supply chain officer Sandra MacQuillan.
“As technology evolves and as we learn more about what we can do, it is possible that we could have a footprint that gives back, rather than takes – an aspiration we are all excited by.”
Some of the company’s achievements in 2015 include diverting 95.6 per cent of manufacturing waste from landfills as of December 2015; increasing the amount of Kimberly-Clark communities with socially-focused programs to 97 per cent in 2015 and reducing absolute GHG emissions by 7.2 per cent since 2010, exceeding the 5 per cent target.
“Five years ago, when we first set out to achieve our 2015 sustainability program, we knew it marked a shift in our thinking. We pushed ourselves to look beyond the responsibility of our operational footprint into other areas throughout the value chain,” explained senior director of global sustainability for Kimberly-Clark Lisa Morden.
“As we embark on the next leg of our journey with our Sustainability 2022 strategy, we do so backed by the full commitment of our teams around the world.”