Supplier Standards and Requirements

Kimberly-Clark weaves supplier stewardship into the fabric of our business by maintaining a resilient supply chain that includes supplier relationships with like-minded business and economic values, social compliance and corporate sustainability adoption.

Stewardship Standards for Suppliers outline Kimberly-Clark's commitment to operating in an environmentally, ethical and socially responsible manner. We expect our suppliers to adopt these same commitments when working with us.

Go to Shared Values and Social Compliance to learn more about the Kimberly-Clark Code of Conduct and Supplier Social Compliance agreements we expect our suppliers to embrace and demonstrate when conducting business with us.

Supplier Requirements provides a glance at the variety of agreements and commitments suppliers will be responsible for when interacting with Kimberly-Clark. Acknowledgement of these requirements is expected.

  1. Stewardship Standards for Suppliers
  2. Shared Values and Social Compliance
  3. Supplier Requirements


Kimberly-Clark Stewardship Standards for Suppliers

Kimberly-Clark Corporation is committed to operating in an environmentally, ethically and socially responsible manner. This commitment includes maintaining safe facilities and operations, as well as providing goods and services that are safe and minimize environmental burdens throughout their life cycle. Our suppliers play a key role in this commitment.

Kimberly-Clark’s Stewardship Standards for Suppliers formalizes the expectations that we require of our suppliers. Kimberly-Clark regards this standard as a total supply chain initiative, and thus to be compliant, we expect our suppliers to pass these standards down to their suppliers to ensure conformance throughout the supply chain.

Further, suppliers must operate in full compliance with the laws and regulations of the countries in which they operate. When local laws and regulations are less restrictive than these standards, suppliers are expected to adhere to Kimberly-Clark’s standards. Failure to comply with internationally recognized standards and the standards highlighted here will result in a review and possible termination of the supplier's contract.


Kimberly-Clark requires high quality for all purchased materials, products and services that consistently meet customer’s and consumer’s needs, perform as intended and are safe for their intended use. Our suppliers directly share in the responsibility to ensure that the highest degree of focus is taken to meet or exceed all specified safety, compliance, and quality requirements. These product specifications and quality requirements may be defined in a supply agreement and a quality agreement as agreed by a Kimberly-Clark company and its external supplier.

Kimberly-Clark Quality Policy

Supplier Requirements for Full Material Disclosure

It is the policy of Kimberly-Clark to provide products and services that recognize a sincere and proper regard for public safety through regular assessment to ensure that they meet current regulatory requirements and public safety expectations.

Kimberly-Clark Product Safety Policy

Supply Chain transparency is critical for managing rising levels of risk in an environment where corporate supply chain practices are attracting increasing legal, regulatory, and consumer scrutiny. Therefore, Kimberly-Clark will collect substance information for its materials, ingredients, products, and packaging. We gather the full chemical composition from the supply chain to not only confirm safety and regulatory compliance, but to also enable us to proactively respond to emerging new regulations and chemicals of concern.

To Facilitate Supply Chain Transparency for Kimberly-Clark:

  • Upon request, supplier will provide full material disclosure (100%) of the chemical composition of all materials, ingredients, products and packaging provided to Kimberly-Clark. Full material disclosure includes the trade name, supplier name, and concentration of each component.
  • Supplier will provide additional documentation and data such as, but not limited to, certifications, letters of compliance, and test data as requested to demonstrate or verify compliance.
  • Supplier will provide reasonable access to information on downstream component suppliers for the purpose of obtaining full material disclosure. Supplier will, at no additional charge, provide Kimberly-Clark such assistance as they may reasonably require.
  • Supplier will notify Kimberly-Clark prior to any compositional change.

Conflict Minerals

For Conflict Minerals compliance, all Kimberly-Clark suppliers will:

  • Assist Kimberly-Clark in complying with government regulatory requirements on Conflict Minerals use and reporting in all regions.
  • Respond to Kimberly-Clark Conflict Minerals data requests using the Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT) or other formats that K-C may deem necessary.
  • Not source tin, tungsten, tantalum or gold from uncertified smelters in the conflict region, which consists of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and adjacent countries.


Kimberly-Clark Conflict Minerals Report 2016

Fiber Procurement

Kimberly-Clark responsibly sources all of the wood fiber used in our products and packaging. It is Kimberly-Clark’s intent to only source environmentally responsible fiber which includes recycled fiber, sustainable alternative non-wood fibers (e.g. bamboo, wheat straw) and virgin wood fiber from suppliers that have had their forestry operations or wood fiber procurement activities certified to one of the internationally-recognized forest certification schemes such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

Supplier Fiber Certification

In the event that a supplier to Kimberly-Clark does not have certification of its forest lands or wood fiber procurement activities, the supplier will be given reasonable time to achieve certification. If a supplier is not in compliance with any applicable provisions of this policy, we will take appropriate action to address such non-compliance, which may include (i) an action plan for compliance or (ii) termination or non-renewal of the supply contract. Upon request, supplier must provide data demonstrating compliance.

Kimberly-Clark Fiber Procurement Policy

Fragrances & Essential Oils

Kimberly-Clark offers products that are scented and also scent-free options to meet the needs of our customers and consumers. Our fragrances are created taking into account our internal safety standards, as well as the safety standards set by the International Fragrance Association (IFRA).

For fragrance compliance, Kimberly-Clark suppliers will:

  • Provide a statement of compliance with IFRA standards for the relevant conditions of use for the current issuance of IFRA amendments.
  • Provide Information for the purposes of determining regulatory compliance and safety assessment.
  • Comply with the current Kimberly-Clark Fragrance and Essential Oil Standard.

Live Animal Testing

At Kimberly-Clark, we do not test our products, raw materials or ingredients on live animals unless required by law, regulation, or a governmental authority or unless no alternative method is available to ensure human safety prior to product use.

Position Statement on Live Animal Testing

Principles for Management of Restricted Substances

Nothing is more important to Kimberly-Clark than the quality and safety of our products and the well-being of the consumers who use them. We have rigorous safety and quality requirements and we are proud of our long track record of producing safe products. This commitment to safety includes the ingredients used in our products.

We maintain a Restricted Substances List to ensure a consistent, global approach to safeguarding our consumers and the environment from exposure to ingredients of potential concern. And, we are committed to reducing or eliminating restricted substances and to implementing the use of alternatives through our continuous research and development efforts.

Restricted Substances Management at Kimberly-Clark is based on the following principles:

  • Maintain a Restricted Substances List (RSL) for Kimberly-Clark products that contains restricted (limits established by product or material) and prohibited ingredients relevant to Kimberly-Clark products. (Note that the Kimberly-Clark RSL represents a small subset of chemicals that we prohibit. There are many more chemicals that we would prohibit but do not list since they would not be considered for use in the products we produce).
  • Formally review substances and ingredients in our products to ensure they meet current regulatory requirements and public safety expectations (Kimberly-Clark Product Safety Policy).
  • Proactively monitor and assess new information regarding ingredients published by scientific research and regulatory agencies globally, including public perception, to ensure the RSL remains current.
  • Provide an active process for identification, review and communication of the RSL to enable the proactive development of business strategies to remove and/or reduce specific chemicals of concern, and advance safer alternatives, in some instances above and beyond regulatory requirements.
  • Collaborate with supply chain partners to reduce, eliminate, or manage chemicals identified by Kimberly-Clark on the RSL.

We require our suppliers to adhere to the Kimberly-Clark RSL, and to have processes and systems in place to ensure compliance.


Supplier Social Compliance Standards

We believe that shared values and commitments must serve as the foundation for our supplier relationships. Our Supplier Social Compliance Standards outlines expectations for suppliers to demonstrate a fair, safe and healthy workplace, as well as safeguard business integrity.

The Supplier Social Compliance Standards are driven by the belief that good corporate citizenship is essential to our long-term business success, and must be reflected in our relationships and actions in our workplaces and the workplaces of those who are authorized to directly supply our business.

We expect our suppliers to develop and implement appropriate actions to ensure compliance to these standards. Kimberly-Clark routinely assesses supplier compliance to these standards.

Review the Supplier Social Compliance Standards to better understand Kimberly-Clark expectations regarding supplier demonstration of a fair, safe and healthy workplace, as well as safeguarding business integrity.

Supplier Social Compliance Standards:

Kimberly-Clark Code of Conduct

At Kimberly-Clark, we believe that the way we do our business is as important as the business we do. Simply stated, operating with integrity and with high ethical standards is the Kimberly-Clark way of doing business. Our Code of Conduct provides guidance for working with customers, suppliers, our employees, competitors and the public with integrity and in an ethical and appropriate manner.

Our Company respects international social compliance and environmental principles aimed at promoting and protecting human rights and the environment. Our policies align with the goals of several international standards, including the International Labor Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. Our acknowledgment of these international principles is consistent with our dedication to enriching the workplace, preserving the environment and strengthening the communities where we operate.

Kimberly-Clark's Code of Conduct establishes the company's expectations and creates accountability for our people with respect to human rights and other ethical concerns.

Kimberly-Clark Code of Conduct

Supplier Expectations – Gifts & Entertainment

Fair dealing has been a fundamental value of Kimberly-Clark since the Company was founded. We believe that honesty and trustworthiness build long-lasting relationships.

Following the Kimberly-Clark Code of Conduct that pertains to gifts and entertainment, our employees will not offer or give gifts, entertainment or favors that may create a potential, perceived, or actual conflict of interest or business advantage with a supplier. Likewise, we expect our suppliers to follow the same guidelines in dealings with Kimberly-Clark.

Guidelines are clearly defined in the Supplier Expectations – Gifts & Entertainment

California Transparency in Supply Chain Act and the UK Modern Slavery Act

Kimberly-Clark Corporation reviews its product supply chains to evaluate and address the risks of human trafficking and forced labor. We confirm a key supplier's compliance with standards for human trafficking and forced labor through one or more of a supplier's declaration of compliance: an inspection by Kimberly-Clark personnel; or an independent third-party audit. We also audit our key suppliers to ensure that their practices comply with applicable national laws regarding human trafficking and forced labor.

Kimberly-Clark's Code of Conduct and Supplier Social Compliance Standards sets forth our principles and accountability for combating forced labor and human trafficking. Kimberly-Clark provides training on human trafficking and forced labor for its employees and managers with direct responsibility for our supply chain. The training includes a strong focus on identifying and mitigating risks.

Anti-Trust Compliance

Suppliers are to strive to provide a workplace free of bribery and corruption by complying with all applicable laws relating to bribery, money, laundering and/or corruption, as well as prohibiting the exchange of money or anything else of value to or from anyone, including government officials, to influence actions or obtain an improper advantage.

All suppliers who will act on behalf of Kimberly-Clark with any governmental agency, foreign or domestic to the United States, must provide a certification of anti-corruption compliance.

Anti-Trust Compliance Policy

Kimberly-Clark Sustainability Policies

You can learn more information about other Kimberly-Clark Policies and Statements by visiting here.


Supplier Requirements

To maintain a mutually beneficial and collaborative relationship, Kimberly-Clark requires certain standards and agreements with our supplier partners. Before conducting business with Kimberly-Clark, a supplier must acknowledge their commitment to comply with relevant standards and agreements.

While a supplier will have directives, non-disclosures, and/or terms and conditions specific to their contract, the following is a list of standard requirements. More may be required, including region-specific standards.

You will be guided by your Kimberly-Clark contact to submit applicable documents.

Here, suppliers will find standards and agreements relative for regions that may have requirements in addition to the global standards identified above.

NA Requirements

Contact your Procurement contact for more information on other regional requirements

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