Kimberly-Clark employees around the world continue tradition of volunteering


Top: Members of Kimberly-Clark’s Corporate Research & Engineering team at Wisconsin’s High Cliff State Park. Bottom: Employees in Malaysia deliver gifts and Kimberly-Clark products to those in need at area residential centers.


Top: Employee Debbi Ward from Corinth, Mississippi, loads trash into her bag with a handy “grabber.” Bottom: Kimberly-Clark China employees participate regularly in local tree-planting projects.


Top: Kimberly-Clark employees in Brazil bringing food and gifts to needy children as part of in Todos por Um. Bottom: Belmont, Michigan, employees help residents at a local veterans’ home bait their hooks at a fishing tournament.

At Kimberly-Clark, we care about the communities where our employees live and work. Providing the essentials for a better life means more than providing innovative products; it also means giving back to our communities. Throughout the year, employees from Kimberly-Clark facilities around the world experience the joy of giving by participating in volunteer activities with local nonprofit organizations. Here are a few examples of employee volunteer efforts around the world in 2012:


In October, about 20 Kimberly-Clark Europe employees participated in the European Leadership Challenge - a program designed to help participants develop their leadership skills while making a difference with a worthy cause.

All participants took part in a four-day leadership course, then returned to their home countries (including the UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Italy and Spain) and organized local fundraising initiatives for the beneficiaries of the program. The 2012 goal was to raise £30,000; thanks to the hard work of Kimberly-Clark Europe employees and the support of their friends and families, participants shot past that goal and raised £51,000 in just four months!

Then, through the Imbumba Foundation, the group took a five-day trip to help out the Wombane Community in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa. The Imbumba Foundation is a small charity that brings volunteers to South African villages to undertake much-needed special projects. While there, they spent time with the natives, especially the children. The original £30,000 they raised was used to build a crèche (day care center/nursery) in a very poor, rural area. The Kimberly-Clark team arrived just in time to help finish the building with paint and then participated in the ceremony to officially turn the building over to the community. The extra £21,000 was used to fund other projects, including toilet facilities in the local school, football fields, and a 12-month ecopreneur program, which teaches people to use green issues as a competitive advantage for their enterprise. See video highlights from the trip and interviews with employees.


Kimberly-Clark China has a history of being engaged in environmental protection and encourages employees to participate in energy-saving and environmentally-friendly activities. Every year the administrative office and mills of Kimberly-Clark China ask employees and their family members to participate in community tree-planting activities. Kimberly-Clark China sponsors the environmental protection of forests in all areas of operation there, including Huairou District and Mentougou District in Beijing, Xixia Mountain and Jiangjun Mountain in Nanjing, and Songjiang District in Shanghai.

Roswell, Georgia, USA

For the past several years, Kimberly-Clark employees in Roswell, Georgia, have volunteered their support for EarthShare of Georgia's Corporate Green Day Challenge. In April, in recognition of Earth Day, about 30 members of the Roswell campus Sustainability Community Practice and Kimberly-Clark Professional's Green Patrol spent a Saturday morning clearing trails in a heavily-wooded site at Kittredge Park in Atlanta, Georgia. In a few hours, they had converted the area into a clear hiking path lined with logs and spread with mulch. 

"We worked with many volunteer groups in the past and have seen none more energetic and hard-working than the folks from Kimberly-Clark," says Bill Lide with Friends of Kittredge Park. "With your help, we were able to accomplish much more than we had originally set out to do. It was a great reflection upon your company and its people."


Kimberly-Clark Vietnam employees participate in Days of Caring events across the country twice a year. This particular group of employees enjoys spending time with orphaned children, many of whom have disabilities.

During the visits, employees had many special moments with the kids through art activities, singing and dancing, playing, reading stories and helping during meal time. The employees of Kimberly-Clark Vietnam also personally donated toys, clothes and other essential items to the children. Kimberly-Clark Vietnam also donates much-needed Huggies and Kotex products to the orphanages.

"I am proud to be a member of the Kimberly-Clark Vietnam team," says Managing Director Kate Goodman. "Everyone eagerly participates in our Days of Caring and has a strong desire to give back to the local community. Our visits to local orphanages are a special time for all of us. The biggest gift we give the children is personal time, love and attention. The gifts we get back in return from the children are simply amazing - the smiles we see, the hugs we get - are the best rewards ever! I cannot wait for our next Day of Caring later in the year."

Dallas, Texas, USA

In September, about 120 Kimberly-Clark World Headquarters employees and family members spent several hours on a Saturday helping make the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas' annual Day for Kids a success. 

About 2,000 Boys & Girls Clubs members, ages 5 to 15, spent the day at an amusement park, riding rides, watching entertainment, playing video games and laser tag, and rock climbing.  The purpose of the day is just for the kids to get outside and have some fun. Kimberly-Clark provided volunteers to escort children around the park, operate rides, serve lunch and paint faces. It was the first major event for the office's annual United Way campaign.

The following month, Kimberly-Clark volunteers hosted a Halloween party for about 65 children from three area Boys & Girls Clubs at our World Headquarters. Employees dressed up in costumes, decorated the building for the holiday and hosted a variety of fun activities for the kids, including trick-or-treating, playing games, getting faces painted and touring the "SpooK-C House." They left with bags full of treats and smiles on their decorated faces.


In September, almost 250 callers from across Kimberly-Clark Australia participated in Essentially Yours Day "chat and learn" sessions on topics including nappy (diaper) composting, carbon tax, essentials in times of need and e-waste recycling. The 45-minute sessions were hosted using interactive teleconference/online technology, allowing employees from across Kimberly-Clark Australia to participate in any session they wanted.

One of the topics was "Essentials in Times of Need," during which a local food bank CEO thanked Kimberly-Clark Australia for its on-going support and discussed how important our donations are during times of crisis. The session included a donation drive, whereby callers were encouraged to donate non-perishable food and clothing to benefit the American Red Cross. In addition, about 300 employees took advantage of the company's offer to take one day off during the year to volunteer in the community.

Belmont, Michigan, USA

Employees at Kimberly-Clark's Belmont, Michigan, mill spent quite a bit of time last year volunteering at fishing tournaments for residents at a nearby veterans' facility, helping bait, cast and reel in fish for the veterans, and then staying for a post-tournament fish fry.  The employees have volunteered for other events for the veterans' home as well, including serving as dealers for the home's Las Vegas Night. 

Belmont employees also volunteer for Streetlight Ministries where they serve meals to those in need in the Grand Rapids area, and the annual Stuff the Bus drive to collect school supplies for needy children. Kimberly-Clark employees filled large yellow totes with items school students need for a successful school year.


In preparation for the Christmas holidays, Kimberly-Clark employees in Brazil annually participate in Todos por Um (All for One), an event where employees bring food and gifts for needy children who are served by two of the area's children's charities. Once the gifts and food are collected and organized, employees deliver the items to the children and spend the day with them.  


In conjunction with a series of festive seasons, employees from the Kluang Mill in Malaysia were  involved in a variety of volunteer activities in 2012. To celebrate Chinese New Year, a group of volunteers from the mill visited three homes for special needs children and the elderly to throw them parties complete with food, cookies and beverages, and to bring Kimberly-Clark products for them to use at their facilities. 

In September, another group of employees from Kimberly-Clark Products Malaysia (KCPM) took 61 orphans to a movie and then treated them to lunch at their orphanage home to celebrate the Muslim new year, "Hari Raya Aidilfitri." Then in November, KCPM employees, led by Mill Manager Lau Wen Pin, reached out to 20 underprivileged families with a donation of food, beverages and Kleenex and Scott brand products to bring some holiday spirit during Deepavali, a festival of lights celebrated by Hindus in Malaysia.

Corinth, Mississippi, USA

Last spring, employees in Corinth, Mississippi, participated in the Great American Cleanup program, orchestrated annually by Keep America Beautiful. 

"There are very few community projects that everyone can get involved with … but this is one!," says Debbie Ward, local chairperson of Keep Corinth-Alcorn Beautiful and HR systems coordinator at the Corinth Nonwovens plant who organized Kimberly-Clark's participation in the event. "We are very proud to be counted as one of the participating groups. This is our third consecutive year to support the Great American Cleanup, and each year our turnout has increased."

The Kimberly-Clark group was part of 817 volunteers community-wide, who put in about 2,100 volunteer hours picking up about 12,000 pounds of litter on a 3.5-mile stretch of road that provides access to the two main Kimberly-Clark entrances. Volunteers don their safety apparel (fluorescent vests, gloves and grabbers), and pick up trash along the road.

Neenah, Wisconsin, USA

In spring, Kimberly-Clark's Corporate Research & Engineering Environmental Sustainable Technology team completed two much-needed service projects at Wisconsin's High Cliff State Park on the east shore of Lake Winnebago.

Looking for a way to serve the local community, Kimberly-Clark contacted the park staff and found them in need of some volunteer labor to help with various projects around the park.

First, the Kimberly-Clark team worked together to clear the woods and trails of fast-growing weeds that run rampant in the area and threaten to take over the forest floor's native vegetation. Several weeks later, the team returned to clear more trails for hikers and horseback riders. 

"Everyone really enjoyed the days, feeling highly satisfied with both our community contributions and team building results," says Mark Mleziva, research senior manager. 

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