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 Supplier Social Compliance Standards 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.
It is the policy of Kimberly-Clark to conduct its businesses with a sincere and proper regard for the need to sustain natural resources used in the manufacture of the Corporation’s products.
This policy is intended to promote:
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®).
Kimberly-Clark's sustainability policies outline our commitment to operating in an environmentally, ethical and socially responsible manner. We expect our suppliers to adopt these same commitments when working with us.
Learn more about Kimberly-Clark’s sustainability strategy and practices.
Protection of Environment
It is the policy of Kimberly-Clark to design, manufacture and deliver its products and to operate its business in a way that protects the biosphere and promotes the sustainable use of natural resources upon which our businesses and stakeholders depend, including forests, water supplies and energy resources.
Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Reduction
In furtherance of its sustainability principles and to achieve its greenhouse gas reduction targets, Kimberly-Clark will continuously improve its energy management practices to conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions while securing competitive, reliable energy supplies to manufacture and distribute our products and conduct our business.
It is the policy of Kimberly-Clark to conduct its businesses with a sincere and proper regard for the need to sustain natural resources used in the manufacture of the Corporation’s products. 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®).
Human Rights in Employment
It is the policy of Kimberly-Clark to recruit, promote and support the professional development of a diverse global work force. Further, it is the policy of Kimberly-Clark to promote and support human rights, including equal employment opportunities, and to recognize universal human rights on a global basis. We encourage the abolition of discriminatory laws and practices, and prohibit discrimination and/or harassment based on race, ethnicity, color, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, creed, national origin, disability, legally protected leave, veteran status, political opinion, and other categories protected by applicable law.
Waste Minimization and Landfill Elimination
It is the policy of Kimberly-Clark to reduce, reuse and recycle manufacturing waste and to continuously improve its processes to avoid the need for landfill of such wastes and to design its products and packaging in a way that reduces the volume and weight of materials destined for disposal.
As a global company, Kimberly-Clark is subject to the laws of all countries in which we operate. We are committed to complying with all applicable government laws, rules, and regulations.
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.
CERTIFICATION OF ANTI-CORRUPTION COMPLIANCE
I, __________________________________ [name], a duly authorized representative of __________________________________ [name of agent, representative, or consultant company] (the "Contractor"), do hereby attest and certify for and on behalf of myself and the Contractor, that neither I nor, to my knowledge. any other person, including but not limited to every officer, director, stockholder, employee, representative and agent of the Contractor, has made, offered to make, or agreed to make, any loan, gift, donation or payment, or transfer of any other thing of value, knowing that all or a portion of the money or thing of value would likely be offered or given, directly or indirectly, to a government official in connection with a business activity of the Contractor or any of its wholly or partially owned affiliates (collectively "the Company") to obtain or retain an improper benefit.
For purposes of this Certification, the term "government official" includes:
I hereby confirm that no employee, officer or director of the Contractor is, to my knowledge, a government official.
Company Name: ________________________
Kimberly-Clark is committed to maintaining a safe and secure global supply chain. As such, many of our entities are certified in Trusted Trader Programs (CTPAT, AEO). As a member of these programs, Kimberly-Clark is obligated to engage with our business partners who ship cross-border to ensure strong supply chain security processes, controls and overall efficiency of trade.
For supply chain partners who ship cross-border, Kimberly-Clark requires Suppliers to demonstrate a commitment to supply chain security including, but not limited to:
At Kimberly-Clark, we recognize our differences make us stronger. Through our diverse network of suppliers, we are cultivating new ideas and experiences, and empowering you to grow your business with us.
We are proud to partner with organizations including the National Minority Supplier Development Council, the Women's Business Enterprise National Council, and the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce who help us grow our network of certified diverse suppliers. Included in our program are:
What We Consider When Establishing New Supplier Relationships
Sourcing decisions vary on individual business needs, potential competitive advantages and underlying business risks. Key considerations include a supplier's ability to:
At Kimberly-Clark, everything we do is motivated by our vision to lead the world in essentials for a better life. This vision inspires our efforts to improve the lives of people through the products we sell, and to care for the communities where we live and work through the programs that we implement.
We have bold ambitions across five priority areas, and our suppliers are critical to helping us deliver them. We also have several programs focused on social and environmental compliance, risk management and supply chain resiliency - all designed to create more social, environmental, and business value.
At Kimberly-Clark, we focus on working with our plants and suppliers to meet our social compliance promises supporting human rights, labor rights, employee safety, anti-corruption and environmental protection. Our environmental team members from around the world collaborate to build capabilities, continuously improve our systems and standards, and assess performance gaps in areas including air emissions, chemical management, water and wastewater treatment, and waste management and beyond.
We communicate our expectations for social and environmental compliance to suppliers through our published Supplier Social Compliance Standards and Stewardship of Supplier Standards. Suppliers are asked to sign a Declaration of Compliance.
We invite you to continue to partner with us and share your best thinking and new ways of doing things as we continue to cultivate a responsible and sustainable supply chain.
At Kimberly-Clark we recognize the importance of having a Risk Management program that systematically and proactively identifies events that have the potential to disrupt our supply chain.
Our Supplier Collaboration portal-based technologies and tools enable the ability to identify, and proactively mitigate or prevent high-risk exposure through automation, integration and collaboration.
Suppliers have an active role in ensuring continuity of supply by working closely with us to identify risks and help develop robust mitigation strategies. Since risks can come in many forms, we also encourage our suppliers to have a risk management program in place at their company and with their suppliers.
Kimberly-Clark is committed to providing simple and standardized transactional processes for our suppliers around the world. We value our supplier relationships and strive to be easy to do business with in all facets.
Kimberly-Clark Procurement teams leverage global sourcing and category strategies to drive best-in-class procurement performance and deliver the competitive advantage Kimberly-Clark needs to win in the marketplace.
Our Procure-to-Pay process starts with requisitioners in our plants or offices, and is facilitated by Purchase Orders being approved and delivered to our Suppliers. Once a Purchase Order has been fulfilled, Kimberly-Clark validates receipt and upon receipt of a valid invoice, initiates a timely payment.
We are committed to leveraging smart business practices and technologies that make it easier to do business with us. The ultimate benefit is realized when we mutually thrive through collaborative best practices and innovative solutions, such as web-based applications and tools.
Suppliers activated in one of our online portals may use the quick links here. For our suppliers not currently enrolled, consult your Kimberly-Clark resource for more information on access.
Procure-to-Pay Supplier Portal
Online 24/7 end-to-end payment process capabilities, including access to your purchase order details, electronic invoicing and payment status visibility on the Taulia and Coupa Platforms.
Supplier Collaboration Portals
Access records, documents and contracts through a cloud environment to help complete assignments for scorecards, material/product management and Supplier Corrective Action Requests or initiate a change request.