Whether providing educational opportunities to our world's
brightest youth or protecting environments around the globe,
Kimberly-Clark is dedicated to enabling a better life for
Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA)
For more than 30 years, Kimberly-Clark has supported Boys and 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.
Kimberly-Clark recognizes that good health is essential for a better life. Unfortunately thousands of people in economically developing countries suffer from a lack of healthcare.
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 addition, Kimberly-Clark employees have worked thousands of volunteer hours to help pack the shipping containers with life-saving equipment.
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 coast to coast. Kimberly-Clark then matches employee pledges dollar for dollar. In the last decade, Kimberly-Clark and our 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.
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 people 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.
Other Giving Programs
Kimberly-Clark understands that our employees may support local organizations beyond those to which we directly contribute. We have a number of programs in the U.S. to support their efforts and generosity.
Our Matching Gifts Program matches U.S. employees' charitable donations on a dollar-for-dollar basis, up to $10,000 per person each year. Since its inception, the program has distributed more than $14 million in matching gifts to thousands of nonprofit organizations across the country.
In addition, our Community Partners program provides $500 grants to non-profit organizations where employees and their spouses or domestic partners volunteer more than 30 hours per year. Since its inception, the program has distributed more than $13 million in grants to thousands of nonprofit organizations across the country.
The Forests Dialogue
Since 2010, K-C has supported The Forests Dialogue (TFD), an independent NGO that brings together environmental groups, native people’s organizations and the forest industry to explore Sustainable Forest Management issues. TFD’s work focuses on engaging stakeholders and helping them address important forestry topics such as plantation forestry, use of genetically modified trees, land use planning impacts on forestry, working with native forest peoples, climate change, and tropical rainforest protection.
World Wildlife Fund – United States
K-C has a global agreement with WWF-US for responsible fiber sourcing under the Global Forest & Trade Network. As part of this agreement, K-C strives to increase its sourcing of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified wood fiber as well as to help transform the global marketplace into a force for saving the world’s valuable and threatened forests. Approximately 70% of K-C’s wood fiber is currently sourced from plantations and much of this wood fiber is FSC-certified. In addition, K-C is actively developing sustainable alternative fibers to meet its future fiber needs and these fibers will likely be purpose-grown crops and one fiber of interest, bamboo, will be grown in plantation-like conditions.
There are two areas that WWF is active in addressing meeting the future fiber demand in a responsible way – exploring responsible use of alternative fibers and pursuing “New Generation Plantations” that are established and managed in the most ecologically and socially responsible way. WWF leads research to respond to growing concerns about the use of alternative fibers and potential “unintended consequences.” WWF is also leading a New Generations Plantations project to share and learn about the leading innovations, practices and technologies for implementing best plantation management practices around the globe. Finally, K-C supports WWF’s “Heart of Borneo” and its “New Trees” programs that aim to protect the threatened tropical rainforest and to restore degraded tropical forests that are home to a significant portion of the world’s biodiversity.
Forest Stewardship Council – United States
In 2012, 38% of the total fiber used by K-C was FSC certified. In 2012, the FSC revised its Principles and Criteria to put more focus on social issues as they related to indigenous peoples and local communities. The process of gaining Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) from the indigenous peoples and local communities will be a necessary step for FSC certification of forests when the new FSC standard becomes effective in 2015. An inadequate process can significantly affect the growth and availability of FSC-certified in the future which could impact K-C’s plans to label its tissue products globally with the FSC logo.
K-C proposes supports a project with FSC to establish an international learning community for determining best practice in FPIC processes in forest management and to produce training materials for indigenous peoples as to how to engage in FPIC processes and negotiate agreements.
World Resources Institute
World Resources Institute (WRI) is a highly regarded environmental think tank based in Washington, D.C. whose mission is to find practical ways to protect the earth and improve people’s lives. K-C supports WRI’s work on water scarcity. Stress on water resources poses a threat to sustained business growth. It also creates an opportunity for competitive advantage through effective water risk management. WRI are designing tools to identify and evaluate water risk at a local level worldwide.
Water for People
Water for People are building momentum and the changing lives of 4 million people in 10 countries through their Everyone Forever water , sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs. K-C funds an initiative in Honduras that provides water and sanitation services to an entire community so that outside help is no longer needed. Water for People provides training and educational materials for K-C employees to share in our communities and will monitor the health benefits of communities embracing hygiene habits. Two schools and three communities benefit from this support with a goal to provide 4 million people with access to water, sanitation and hygiene forever.
Bright Futures Scholarship Program
Committed to helping our employees invest in the bright futures of their children, Kimberly-Clark supports their efforts to provide a quality college education.
Established in 1993, the Kimberly-Clark Foundation Bright Futures Scholarship Program awards college scholarships to children of Kimberly-Clark employees in the United States and Canada. Each scholarship is worth up to $20,000 ($5,000 per year for up to four years) for full-time students pursuing bachelor’s degrees at accredited colleges and universities.
Since its inception, the program has distributed more than $38 million in scholarships to more than 2,000 students.
In 2016, the Foundation awarded 59 scholarships totaling $1.2 million. The average GPA for this year’s scholarship class was 3.88.