Essentials for a Better Life

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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 skills.

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.

MedShare International

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 equipment.

Learn more about MedShare.

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 sanitation crisis.

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 better life.

Learn more about Malaria No More

United Way

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.

Learn more 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.

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Sustainability

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Some 98 percent of Kleenex tissue cartons sold in North America are made from 100 percent recycled fiber.   Read more about Sustainability

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