Working together to help families and communities where we live and work.
Choosing to be a responsible corporate citizen is more
than just the right thing to do, it is vital to our vision to lead
the world in essentials for a better life.
Kimberly-Clark has long-term partnerships with several
charitable organizations that share our commitment to providing
essentials for a better life.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 30 years, Kimberly-Clark has supported Boys &
Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), a U.S. organization whose mission is
to promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by
instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and
influence. BGCA and Kimberly-Clark share a commitment to building
bright futures for America's youth.
Through our relationship with BGCA, K-C has supported the Family
PLUS program and the SMART Girls program. Family PLUS empowers
families to participate fully in their children's lives and the
SMART Girls program offers young women (ages 8 to 18) guidance
towards developing healthy attitudes and lifestyles. Since
our partnership began, K-C has invested more than $10 million with
BGCA to help youth get on the right path to reach academic success,
live a healthy lifestyle and build strong character and leadership
In addition to our financial support, our Chairman and CEO Tom
Falk serves on the organization's national Board of Governors.
Learn more about
the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Kimberly-Clark recognizes that good health is essential for a
better life. Every year, thousands of patients in the economically
developing world suffer from a lack of healthcare, and, in many
areas, healthcare supplies. At the same time, hospitals in the
United States discard millions of dollars' worth of unused medical
supplies. This is where MedShare plays a vital role. MedShare
recovers surplus medical equipment in the U.S. and sends it via 40
foot shipping containers to qualified healthcare facilities in
emerging countries that have a critical need. The supplies are
matched to the specific needs of each individual facility so that
every container holds only the supplies and equipment needed.
For more than a decade, Kimberly-Clark and MedShare
International have forged a partnership to bring critically-needed
medical supplies to health facilities around the world.
Since Kimberly-Clark's original grant to help launch MedShare in
1998, the company has funded the shipment of $18.5 million worth of
supplies to 13 countries in Latin America. In 2012, Kimberly-Clark
extended our founding partnership with MedShare for another three
years with a grant of approximately $1,170,000. In addition,
Kimberly-Clark employees have worked thousands of volunteer hours
to help pack the shipping containers with life-saving
Toilets Change Lives
What happens when communities lack proper sanitation? How can a
toilet change someone's life? The Toilets Change Lives program is
just one example of Kimberly-Clark's community investments. In
2014, we invested $35.8 million in product and cash donations,
accounting for 2.2 percent of our net income.
Kimberly-Clark is a founding member of the Toilet Board
Coalition, a group of leading companies, government agencies,
sanitation experts and non-profit organizations, which aims to
develop commercially sustainable and scalable solutions to the
Learn more about the Toilets Change Lives program
Malaria No More
As one of the world's largest baby care consumer products
companies, it is our responsibility to confront some of the biggest
issues facing mothers around the world. And for some mothers in our
emerging markets, the challenges they face can be tragic.
Nearly 7 million children under the age of 5 die every
year. And 20% of those deaths are caused by malaria, a
mosquito-borne illness that is both preventable and treatable.
Those most severely impacted are pregnant women and very young
children. Therefore, beginning in 2014, Kimberly-Clark is
partnering with Malaria No More to get help to those that need it
the most in the fight against malaria. Our support will allow the
organization to provide treatment to 200,000 children and
educational efforts to reach an additional 15 million!
Through partnerships like this, our Huggies brand can provide
mothers with the confidence they need to care for their
babies. And we at K-C can take important steps towards
achieving our mission - to lead the world in essentials for a
Learn more about
Malaria No More
Just like Kimberly-Clark, the United Way of America is committed
to ensuring a better life for those in the community through their
focus on improving the health and well-being of families.
As part of our annual employee fundraising campaigns,
Kimberly-Clark employees have the opportunity to make a difference
in their local communities by volunteering and contributing to
United Way organizations. Kimberly-Clark then matches employee
pledges dollar-for-dollar. In the last decade, Kimberly-Clark and
its employees have contributed more than $60 million to United Way,
helping to improve lives and build stronger communities through the
areas of education, financial stability and health.
In 2015, Kimberly-Clark and our U.S. employees raised more
than $6.5 million for United Way.
about United Way of America.
Bright Futures Scholarship Program
The Kimberly-Clark Foundation also sponsors the Bright Futures
Scholarship Program. Established in 1993, this program awards
college scholarships annually to children of Kimberly-Clark
employees in the U.S. and Canada. Each scholarship is worth up to
$20,000 for full-time students studying at accredited colleges and
universities. Since its inception, the program has awarded more
than $38 million in scholarships to more than 2,000 students.