Kimberly-Clark Professional Announces Industry First: FSC Certification For Its North American Tissue and Towel Products
ROSWELL, Ga. (August 13, 2009) - Kimberly-Clark Professional has received Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) chain-of-custody certification for a broad range of tissue and towel products, making it the first away-from-home tissue products provider in North America to receive this distinction.
"FSC standards are globally recognized as the highest social and environmental standards in forestry," said Richard Thorne, vice president of Kimberly-Clark Professional North America. "This certification enables us to support forest stewardship as well as continue to provide a wide range of sustainable product choices for our customers."
The certification applies to a variety of Kimberly-Clark Professional tissue products marketed under the Kleenex and Scott brand names for the away-from-home market. The products will feature the FSC label on their packaging starting in September 2009. The label certifies that the wood fiber used to make the products comes from well-managed FSC-certified forests or from post-consumer recycled fiber. FSC chain of custody procedures provide a link between the forest where the fiber originated and the product into which it is manufactured. Possession and transfer of wood fiber from the FSC-certified forest are tracked through every stage of manufacture.
"Kimberly-Clark is the first tissue company in North America to seek and obtain FSC chain-of-custody certification," said Corey Brinkema, President, FSC-US. "FSC and Kimberly-Clark share the belief that FSC-certified primary wood fiber and recycled fiber can both be used in ways that are environmentally and socially responsible, while providing the product performance that customers expect from these well-known brands. Today's announcement demonstrates Kimberly-Clark's commitment to the responsible use of wood fiber and reflects its industry-leading practices in this area."
FSC is an international, independent organization dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world's forests. It was founded in response to public concern about deforestation and demand for a trustworthy wood-labeling system. FSC has developed a system of forest certification and product labeling that allows consumers to identify wood and wood-based products from well-managed forests that meet the social, economic and ecological needs of present and future generations. FSC is also the only forest certification system supported by such major environmental groups as Greenpeace, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), The Nature Conservancy, and National Wildlife Federation.
"Kimberly-Clark Professional prides itself on our balanced approach to the environment," said Thorne. "We have long been leaders in providing high-performance, environmentally responsible, source-reduced products. The FSC certification is a major initiative, taking us to the next stage in our efforts to achieve the highest levels of environmental responsibility."
In addition to its FSC-certified products, Kimberly-Clark Professional uses FSC-certified paper for its catalogs, brochures and other printed materials. All catalogs and many other printed materials are also available online, which helps reduce the number of paper copies.
Kimberly-Clark Professional is committed to providing quality products that help preserve the environment while satisfying the needs and preferences of customers. Its offerings include source-reduced products that help people use less, waste less and leave less. Many of these products also last longer than standard tissue and towel systems. Kimberly-Clark Professional also continues to invest in technologies that promote the inclusion of recycled fiber while maintaining the superior performance of its products. Its well-known brands include Kleenex and Scott.
Kimberly-Clark Professional is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the nation's leading nonprofit coalition advancing buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. The company has partnered with USGBC primarily in support of the Council's efforts to advance the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Program for Existing Buildings.
For more information about Kimberly-Clark Professional, its products and its sustainability program, visit www.kcprofessional.com.
About Kimberly-Clark Professional
Kimberly-Clark Professional is an indispensable business partner, delivering leading-edge health, hygiene and productivity solutions that provide tangible value every day, everywhere. Known for innovative, quality solutions for away-from-home washrooms, "clean" and "industrial" manufacturing environments, and DIY settings, the global brands of Kimberly-Clark Professional include Kleenex, Scott, Kimcare, WypAll, KleenGuard, and Kimtech. With the acquisition of Jackson Safety, Kimberly-Clark Professional offers an even broader range of PPE and other safety offerings, including market-leading welding and work zone safety products. Kimberly-Clark Professional, located in Roswell, Ga., is one of Kimberly-Clark Corporation's four business segments and can be visited on the web at www.kcprofessional.com.
Kimberly-Clark and its well-known global brands are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 150 countries. Every day, 1.3 billion people - almost a quarter of the world's population - trust K-C brands and the solutions they provide to enhance their health, hygiene and well being. With brands such as Kleenex, Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex and Depend, Kimberly-Clark holds the No. 1 or No. 2 share position in more than 80 countries.
About the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world's forests. It provides standard-setting, trademark assurance and accreditation services for companies and organizations interested in responsible forestry. There are currently more than 100 million acres of FSC-certified forestland in the United States and Canada and more than 281 million acres globally. More than 14,000 manufacturers and distributors are certified to buy and sell FSC products, representing more than $20 billion in FSC-labeled product annually. For more information, visit www.fscus.org or www.fsc.org.