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  • Overall approach
    2/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
      Deforestation commitment
      No
      0.00/6
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      UN Global Consumer Goods Forum; WWF Global Forest & Trade Network
      Kimberly-Clark Group are members of the UN Global Consumer Goods Forum and the WWF Global Forest & Trade Network.
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "We protect forests to address climate change, conserve terrestrial biodiversity and ensure a resilient, healthy supply chain."
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    56/86
    • Pulp & Paper
      56/86
      • Commitment Strength
        29/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          12/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Certification schemes mentioned: FSC
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation; Protects priority forests; Certification
            '"[Kimberley-Clark] continue to source 100% virgin wood fiber for our products from certified sources [including FSC and PEFC]and apply the same objective to fiber-based packaging by 2022."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            '"[Kimberley-Clark] continue to source 100% virgin wood fiber for our products from certified sources [including FSC and PEFC]and apply the same objective to fiber-based packaging by 2022."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            '"[Kimberley-Clark] continue to source 100% virgin wood fiber for our products from certified sources [including FSC and PEFC]and apply the same objective to fiber-based packaging by 2022."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            '"[Kimberley-Clark] continue to source 100% virgin wood fiber for our products from certified sources [including FSC and PEFC]and apply the same objective to fiber-based packaging by 2022."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            '"[Kimberley-Clark] continue to source 100% virgin wood fiber for our products from certified sources [including FSC and PEFC]and apply the same objective to fiber-based packaging by 2022."
          • Target date
            2022
            0.8/1.3
            Target date
            2022
            0.8/1.3
            '"[Kimberley-Clark] continue to source 100% virgin wood fiber for our products from certified sources [including FSC and PEFC]and apply the same objective to fiber-based packaging by 2022."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            '"[Kimberley-Clark] continue to source 100% virgin wood fiber for our products from certified sources [including FSC and PEFC]and apply the same objective to fiber-based packaging by 2022."
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          9/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content; Use of alternative fibres
            "Kimberly-Clark has committed to source 90 percent of fiber used in its tissue products from Environmentally Preferred Fiber sources by 2025. It defines those sources as recycled fiber, FSC-certified virgin fiber and sustainable alternative natural fibers" and "sustainable alternative fiber innovation like using wheat straw in tissue, to reduce our use of fiber sourced from natural forests"
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Kimberly-Clark has committed to source 90 percent of fiber used in its tissue products from Environmentally Preferred Fiber sources by 2025. It defines those sources as recycled fiber, FSC-certified virgin fiber and sustainable alternative natural fibers" and "sustainable alternative fiber innovation like using wheat straw in tissue, to reduce our use of fiber sourced from natural forests"
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Kimberly-Clark has committed to source 90 percent of fiber used in its tissue products from Environmentally Preferred Fiber sources by 2025. It defines those sources as recycled fiber, FSC-certified virgin fiber and sustainable alternative natural fibers" and "sustainable alternative fiber innovation like using wheat straw in tissue, to reduce our use of fiber sourced from natural forests"
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Kimberly-Clark has committed to source 90 percent of fiber used in its tissue products from Environmentally Preferred Fiber sources by 2025. It defines those sources as recycled fiber, FSC-certified virgin fiber and sustainable alternative natural fibers" and "sustainable alternative fiber innovation like using wheat straw in tissue, to reduce our use of fiber sourced from natural forests"
          • Target date
            2025
            0.3/1.3
            Target date
            2025
            0.3/1.3
            "Kimberly-Clark has committed to source 90 percent of fiber used in its tissue products from Environmentally Preferred Fiber sources by 2025. It defines those sources as recycled fiber, FSC-certified virgin fiber and sustainable alternative natural fibers" and "sustainable alternative fiber innovation like using wheat straw in tissue, to reduce our use of fiber sourced from natural forests"
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Kimberly-Clark has committed to source 90 percent of fiber used in its tissue products from Environmentally Preferred Fiber sources by 2025. It defines those sources as recycled fiber, FSC-certified virgin fiber and sustainable alternative natural fibers" and "sustainable alternative fiber innovation like using wheat straw in tissue, to reduce our use of fiber sourced from natural forests"
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          8/11
          • Commitment details
            traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            traces to Point of production
            4/4
            "As part of its verification system, K-C will work with suppliers and others to develop methods of effectively tracing wood fiber to its forestsource."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "As part of its verification system, K-C will work with suppliers and others to develop methods of effectively tracing wood fiber to its forestsource."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "As part of its verification system, K-C will work with suppliers and others to develop methods of effectively tracing wood fiber to its forestsource."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "As part of its verification system, K-C will work with suppliers and others to develop methods of effectively tracing wood fiber to its forestsource."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "As part of its verification system, K-C will work with suppliers and others to develop methods of effectively tracing wood fiber to its forestsource."
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        19/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          4/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Kimberley-Clark report that 71% of their fibre sourced in 2017 is FSC certified.
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            23.4% of their total fibre used was recycled. 
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/4
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            Kimberley-Clark report that 71% of their fibre sourced in 2017 is FSC certified.
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          "Kimberly-Clark routinely utilizes independent third-parties to assess suppliers’ compliance with the SSCS."
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          4/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          4/4
          "Kimberly-Clark routinely utilizes independent third-parties to assess suppliers’ compliance with the SSCS. The supplier is expected to work with Kimberly-Clark to implement any corrective actions needed. In the event the supplier fails to fully comply with the SSCS, Kimberly-Clark reserves the right to issue corrective action and/or remedies including but not limited to possible termination of supplier’sagreement(s) with Kimberly-Clark."
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Both
          "Our formal grievance mechanisms include [a] formal process which allows anyone around the globe to report a concern around compliance with our Code of Conduct."
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          2,247,000 tonnes
          Kimberly-Clark reported in 2018 that they used 3,210,000 tonnes of fibre in the paper packaging. 
      • Social Considerations
        8/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Kimberly-Clark Group have a commitment to free, prior, and informed consent.
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          "In order to minimally comply with the [Supplier Social Compliance Standards], a facility must demonstrate the absence of violations in each of the following: Child Labor; Forced Labor; Abuse of Labor; Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining; Discrimination."
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    29/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    19/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    8/16
    Avg. score

Profile

Kimberly-Clark is a leading personal care, health and hygiene company. The company manufactures a wide range of paper and pulp based products under well-known brand names such as Huggies, Kleenex, Scott and Pull-ups. Operating across the globe, Kimberly-Clark supplies over 175 country markets and has a large market share in its field.  In 2015 it took second place on PwC’s top 100 Global Forest, Paper and Packaging Industry Companies. 

Sector
Industry sector 
Cosmetics & personal care, Paper & packaging
Segments
Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
United States
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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