In response to the global health crisis, Kimberly-Clark and its trusted global brands have lent their support to help support COVID-19 response and relief efforts around the world.
“Our response to this crisis thus far, and going forward, is guided by our value of caring – for our people and their families, our consumers, and importantly, for those most in need right now,” said Mike Hsu, Chairman and CEO, Kimberly-Clark.
Kimberly-Clark and the Kimberly-Clark Foundation have committed to donations totaling more than $8 million to assist with COVID-19 response and recovery efforts around the world.
“Through these donations, we can help support those working on the front lines of this global health crisis,” said Jenny Lewis, Vice President, Kimberly-Clark Foundation.
To help those most threatened by the virus, the Kimberly-Clark Foundation has donated $2.5 million to UNICEF and its programs focused on preventing the spread of the virus, including providing hygiene and medical kits to schools and health facilities, as well as efforts to increase children’s access to health, education and social services during the pandemic.
In addition, the Foundation will donate $2.5 million to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the American Red Cross, a global humanitarian network of nearly 14 million volunteers, to deliver its lifesaving mission to help prevent the spread of this disease, alleviate human suffering through basic humanitarian aid, and deliver lifesaving health messages amidst this global pandemic.
To further support these efforts, Kimberly-Clark’s global brands have stepped up with cash and product donations to COVID-19 relief efforts, including:
- Cottonelle® will donate one million rolls of Cottonelle as part of its #ShareASquare program and $1 million to the United Way Worldwide COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund;
- Cottonelle® and Kleenex® in Canada have committed $100,000 to United Way Centraide Canada's COVID-19 Fund;
- Huggies® will donate five million diapers to the National Diaper Bank Network, and $1 million to United Way Worldwide COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund;
- Scott® Brand is donating $500,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of America to help 278 clubs stay open to provide emergency childcare to families of essential workers, serving up to 28,000 kids daily;
- Andrex® will donate 1 million toilet rolls to its charity partner, In Kind Direct, as part of its #ShareASquare campaign, and will also incentivize consumers to share their acts of kindness and will donate £1, up to £100,000, for each use of the hashtag #ShareASquare;
- U by Kotex® announced it will donate an additional 1 million period products to the Alliance for Period Supplies to help women experiencing financial hardship obtain period supplies;
- Kimberly-Clark Professional will donate $500,000 to ISSA, the leading trade association for the cleaning industry worldwide, to fund scholarships for approximately 10,000 contract cleaners to become certified in advanced microbial hygiene cleaning standards administered by the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC);
- Across Latin America, the Huggies®, Scott® Duramax, Kotex®, Plenitud® and Intimus® are donating products to nearly 700,000 people through local NGOs including S.O.S Village Rio Bonito and Amparo Maternal in Brazil, and through food banks in Argentina, Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Panama and Puerto Rico.
- Kimberly-Clark Argentina and Kotex® are partnering with the Red Cross to donate more than 500,000 products for hygiene kits for healthcare professionals, as well as those in the country’s most vulnerable communities.
- Across EMEA, our brands are donating product to initiatives across the region, including 100,000 packages of Kotex® product to healthcare workers in Turkey as well as Huggies and Kotex products to the Ministry of Health in Nigeria;
- In Australia, our Kleenex® brand has partnered with Virgin Australia to help vulnerable Australians in need with access to essential products by matching the airline’s donation of toilet rolls; and
- Depend® and Kotex® teams in China responded to the needs of healthcare workers in Wuhan with 900+ cases of Kotex feminine pants and 1,200 cases of Depend.