Diversity and Inclusion

"One of our primary responsibilities as leaders is to build talent. For Kimberly-Clark to grow and prosper, we need to have the right people in the right roles with the right opportunities. Ultimately, we must build a more diverse and inclusive global organization that looks, thinks and behaves like the people that use our products.It's a priority for me, and I need it to be a priority for you, as well."

Kimberly-Clark Chairman and CEO Thomas J. Falk

Kimberly-Clark values the unique and varied characteristics, life experiences and perspectives of its people. We believe that a workforce that reflects our consumer base provides insights and ideas that will strengthen our position as a global leader. See how we value the points of view of our people.

We also recognize that talent and skills are not defined by race, color, religion, sex/gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status, education, or background. We believe in nurturing talent and engaging all employees in the effort to make a difference for our customers and communities. We want to recruit and retain top talent by insuring that training opportunities exist and that barriers to success are removed. We believe strongly in supporting the Americans with Disabilities Act as well as state and local laws that provide for nondiscrimination against qualified people with disabilities, and offers reasonable accommodation for such individuals.

We will thrive as a business when all employees feel inspired to do their best work, individually and collectively.

Kimberly-Clark has an extensive history of embracing and encouraging workplace diversity.

In the United States, we are members of a number of diversity organizations:

  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE): Kimberly-Clark joined their Board of Corporate Affiliates in 2000. We hold the highest level of corporate membership.
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE): Kimberly-Clark is a member of their Industrial Partner Council and has conducted workshops at their conventions.
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE): Kimberly-Clark is a member of their Corporate Partnership Council. SWE offers professional and personal development. Kimberly-Clark women are in leadership roles at the national level and the Atlanta, Georgia, chapter.
  • National Black MBA Association: Kimberly-Clark partners with this organization for recruiting.
  • National Society of Hispanic MBA: Kimberly-Clark partners with this organization for recruiting.
  • Catalyst Research: An advisory organization working to build inclusive environments and expand opportunities for women at work. Kimberly-Clark's chairman and CEO is a member of the board and the annual conference is attended by Kimberly-Clark women and other executives.
  • The Executive Leadership Council: An independent, non-profit corporation, founded in 1986 to provide a network for African-American executives of Fortune 500 companies.

In Europe, our European Diversity Council advises our leadership on diversity issues with focus on gender and work-life balance.

Kimberly-Clark's Human Rights in Employment Policy prohibits discrimination and/or harassment based on race, color, sex/gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, creed, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, legally protected leave, and other categories protected by applicable law.

At the end of 2013, the percentage of women in director-level positions globally was 26.4 percent and the percentage of U.S. ethnic minorities in director-level positions was 15.6 percent.

K-C Wins Catalyst Award for Developing Women Leaders

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