37% of nets sales from environmentally innovative products

Sustainability 2015 is an important part of our business. Built around the pillars of People, Planet and Products, it integrates social, environmental and economic elements into our company's agenda.

Our Sustainability 2015 goals are clear and measurable. Our progress towards them is summarized below. Please note that differences in historical data are because of footprint changes. We account for our data in accordance with the GHG protocol and their rules for dealing with mill closures/footprint changes.

We are on track to achieve most of the Sustainability 2015 goals. We also recognize that sustainability is a journey. As our business grows, we will continue to raise our expectations and look for opportunities to improve.

The stakeholder engagement interviews we undertook in December 2012, the materiality assessment process we conducted in 2013, as well as ongoing consultation with our Sustainability Advisory Board and various industry and NGO partners provide us with great perspective and help us identify issues to explore and gaps to close.

2011 2012 2013
Zero workplace fatalities1 0 0 0
Socially focused programs in all
K-C communities
62% 89% 89%
100% participation by key suppliers with social compliance standards2 99% 67% 64%
25% reduction in water use and maintain quality of discharge3 0.88% 18% 26.4%
100% fiber from certified suppliers 99.9% 100% 100%
5% absolute reduction in GHG4 1.2% 3.6% 6.4%
Zero manufacturing waste to landfill (% of waste currently diverted from landfill) 78.3% 78.7% 81.5%
250 million new consumer touches (M) N/A 110 134
25% of 2015 net sales from environmentally innovative products 13% 22% 37%
20% reduction in packaging environmental impact5 4% 4% 4%

Baseline year is 2010.

  1. In 2012 and in 2013, a motor vehicle fatality occurred in the trucking operations of Kimberly-Clark de Mexico, an unconsolidated affiliate. K-C excludes hours worked, as well as incidents that occur within non-consolidated equity companies, where K-C does not have a controlling interest (>50% ownership).
  2. In each year of the program, we have expanded the number of suppliers who are asked to sign the Declaration of Intent to Comply with the Supplier Guidelines. In 2011, 40 suppliers were sent declarations, as a pilot. In 2012, 250 finished-product manufacturers were sent declarations. In 2013, our scope expanded to include branded packaging suppliers which increased the number of declarations sent to 392 suppliers.
  3. Water use reductions in 2013 were driven by a more efficient manufacturing footprint achieved through water conservation programs and optimization of effluent recycling system that were installed in 2012. We also completed the shutdown of our Everett and Delyn facilities and one tissue asset that contributed to the company's total water use. These shutdowns accounted for approximately 47% of our water use reduction.
  4. Our GHG emissions reductions in 2013 were driven mainly by 1) continued manufacturing footprint optimization at Everett, Millicent, Barton, Delyn and Chester; 2) alternate and renewable energy supply deployment; 3) energy conservation. See Planet section Climate Change & Energy Use.
  5. Numbers are cumulative and reports progress against baseline year of 2010.

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