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After being named as corporate leaders in sustainability by the Banksia Foundation, Kimberly-Clark Australia and New Zealand has launched its 2013 online sustainability report highlighting the progress made towards its local 2015 sustainability goals.

Using the power of its well-known brands like Huggies®, Kleenex® and U by Kotex®, Kimberly-Clark Australia and New Zealand has transformed its substantial manufacturing and consumer goods business into a market leader in sustainability.

acquie Fegent-McGeachie, Associate Director Corporate Affairs and Sustainability says, ‘We’re really pleased with how were tracking against our goals after a fantastic year across our three sustainability focus areas of PeoplePlanet and Products. I’m thrilled with the progress we are making towards reducing our environmental footprint, while at the same time leveraging our brand partnerships to help to raise awareness of key sustainability and social issues’.

In 2013, Kimberly-Clark completed the installation of a cogeneration facility at its Millicent Mill in South Australia, making it largely energy self-sufficient, almost taking the mill off the electricity grid. It is expected to provide 100% of the mill’s steam and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 80,000 tonnes – the equivalent of powering 36,000 average homes for a year.

Robbert Rietbroek, Vice President and Managing Director Kimberly-Clark Australia and New Zealand said, ‘As an Australian manufacturer, we have continued to be challenged by currency devaluation and the cost of energy, labour and raw materials. Yet, while other companies are being forced to close their manufacturing operations due to the challenging business landscape, I’m proud to say that our Australian operations are thriving as we invest in innovation to allow us to continue to make the best products for our consumers, increase efficiencies and reduce our environmental footprint and operating costs.’

The Huggies brand continued its Hugs for Healing initiative with Children’s Hospital Foundations Australia, which aims to deliver support and care for the five children’s hospitals by raising awareness and much needed funding, involving an initial donation of $100,000, for high priority equipment. The company also remained a foundation partner of WWF’s Love Your Forests campaign, which aims to raise awareness of FSC® as the certification of choice, and the importance of sourcing tissue, paper and timber products from responsibly managed forests.

Other significant achievements for Kimberly-Clark Australia and New Zealand highlighted in the 2013 report include:

  • Winning 3 of Australia’s most prestigious awards for our achievements in sustainability including Banksia Foundation Award, Leading in Sustainability for Large Organisations
  • 100% of wood fibre sourced from FSC® certified or FSC Controlled Wood sources
  • Over 28% of Kimberly-Clark employees volunteered in the community
  • Over 15% of Kimberly-Clark employees made donations through the Workplace Giving and Disaster Relief programs, exceeding the target of 10%
  • Kimberly-Clark New Zealand and Envirocomp’s voluntary product stewardship scheme to reduce sanitary hygiene waste to landfill was accredited under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 by the Honorary Amy Adams, New Zealand’s Minister for the Environment
  • Remained a foundation supporter of the REDCycle Program to enable consumers to recycle flexible plastic packaging to divert it from landfill

Visit the online sustainability report to view the 2015 Sustainability Goals for Kimberly-Clark Australia and New Zealand and find out more about these latest achievements.

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