DALLAS, June 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Kimberly-Clark today published its annual report on sustainability, providing the first update on the company's global progress toward its 2030 sustainability strategy and goals, aimed at addressing the social and environmental challenges of the next decade with commitments to improve the lives and well-being of 1 billion people in underserved communities around the world with the smallest environmental footprint.
"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, Chairman and CEO, Kimberly-Clark. "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."
To meet these challenges, Kimberly-Clark's social impact ambition aims to break down barriers, eliminate stigmas and create opportunities with its purpose-driven brands, including Huggies®, Kleenex®, Andrex®, Cottonelle®, Scott®, Kotex® and Depend®, through programs and innovation that serve unmet societal needs. These efforts are supported by the Kimberly-Clark Foundation, whose social and community investments support work to increase access to clean water and sanitation, help children thrive, and empower women and girls.
At the same time, Kimberly-Clark's continued success will be dependent on innovating new ways to give consumers the essentials they need while safeguarding natural systems and the life they support. To that end, the company is striving to create the smallest environmental footprint in the areas where it can make the biggest difference – climate, forests, plastics and water.
"The past year presented previously unimaginable challenges that put health and safety at the forefront while illuminating social and environmental gaps that still need to be bridged," said Lisa Morden, Vice President of Safety, Sustainability and Occupational Health, Kimberly-Clark. "For Kimberly-Clark, it reminded us how closely we are all connected, and of the urgency of the work ahead to achieve our environmental, social, and governance goals."
Key highlights of the company's 2020 results include:
"This past year has taught us that we can move quickly to achieve incredibly challenging goals, and that an unwavering focus on health, safety, and sustainability can illuminate ways of working with purpose and urgency," added Morden. "We are committed to turning these learnings into action to ensure we do our part to address the challenges ahead."
Kimberly-Clark's 2020 Global Sustainability Report outlines its 2020 results in detail and is organized and presented in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Standards.
In addition, the report provides the company's latest disclosures against the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) frameworks. The company intends to release the relevant findings and assessment results of its climate-related risk and opportunity report, fully aligned with the TCFD framework, later in 2021.
Kimberly-Clark (NYSE: KMB) and its trusted brands are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 175 countries. Fueled by ingenuity, creativity, and an understanding of people's most essential needs, we create products that help individuals experience more of what's important to them. Our portfolio of brands, including Huggies, Kleenex, Scott, Kotex, Cottonelle, Poise, Depend, Andrex, Pull-Ups, GoodNites, Intimus, Neve, Plenitud, Viva and WypAll, hold the No. 1 or No. 2 share position in 80 countries. We use sustainable practices that support a healthy planet, build stronger communities, and ensure our business thrives for decades to come. To keep up with the latest news and to learn more about the company's nearly 150-year history of innovation, visit kimberly-clark.com.
All statements in this press release that are not historical, including goals for and projections of future results, the expected execution and effect of our sustainability strategies and initiatives and the amounts and timing of their expected impact, constitute forward-looking statements that are based on management's expectations and beliefs concerning future events impacting the company. Many factors outside our control, including competitive pressures, evolving legal and regulatory requirements, and societal and market conditions globally and in the markets in which we do business, could cause actual results to vary.
There can be no assurance that these future events will occur as anticipated. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they were made, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update them. Please see Kimberly-Clark's latest Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent SEC filings for a discussion of risk factors as they relate to forward-looking statements.
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