DALLAS, June 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Kimberly-Clark (NYSE:KMB), a leader in sustainably-made personal care products, today announced a unique three-year agreement and collaboration with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) designed to raise awareness of the importance of choosing products that use fiber from responsibly managed forests. As part of the new "♥ YOUR PLANET" ("HEART YOUR PLANET") campaign, the company will display WWF's iconic logo on its paper towel, facial tissue and toilet paper products sold in North America.
This initiative is part of an 8-year partnership between the two organizations, and is a natural next step in advancing responsible forestry through consumer education and engagement. Kimberly-Clark is proud to display the WWF logo on its packaging and in promotion.
The WWF logo will be on the packaging of Kimberly-Clark's North American tissue products certified to Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) standards, including Kleenex® facial tissue, Scott® paper towels, Viva® paper towels and Cottonelle® toilet paper. FSC® is considered a "gold standard" in forest certification and assures that these products come from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, and social benefits.
Consumers and retailers will start to see the Kleenex®, Scott®, Viva® and Cottonelle® brands integrate the WWF Panda logo on its packaging from June 2017, starting with Scott® paper towels.
"Put simply, Kimberly-Clark cares. We care about our people, our communities and the future of our planet. We are also very proud that our leadership has moved other manufacturers in our industry toward higher levels of certification," said Jay Gottleib, president of Family Care for Kimberly-Clark North America. "We were the first U.S tissue company to bring FSC certified tissue products to market, and the first U.S tissue company to have 100% of our suppliers certified as providing fiber from responsibly managed sources. Today, we will be the first U.S tissue company to partner with WWF through an on-pack campaign across our well-recognized brands, to help drive even more awareness among consumers of the importance of choosing responsibly sourced tissue products by looking for FSC certification".
In addition to its support of responsibly managed forests through our procurement practices and educating the consumer about FSC, over the next three years, through this partnership, Kimberly-Clark will also provide $4 million to support WWF's efforts to protect forests and other critical ecosystems.
"As a leading participant in WWF's Global Forest & Trade Network since 2009, Kimberly-Clark has a long-standing commitment to source its fiber from responsibly managed forests," said Kerry Cesareo, Vice President for Forests at WWF. "Taking these commitments a step further, Kimberly-Clark will work with WWF to bring FSC to the everyday consumer, driving awareness and inspiring action for forest conservation that can yield huge benefits for our planet."
Corey Brinkema, president of the Forest Stewardship Council in the U.S. said, "Across a wide range of products and countries, Kimberly-Clark has demonstrated an enduring commitment to the Forest Stewardship Council. Globally this is reflected in their growing use of FSC, from 7 percent of their virgin fiber in 2006 to more than 75 percent in 2015. Today their commitment extends beyond responsible sourcing to the education of their consumers about the importance of forest conservation. We applaud the new partnership with WWF, especially its focus on raising consumer awareness of FSC certification and its critical contribution to the health of forests in the U.S. and around the world."
This marks another important step in Kimberly-Clark's journey to support responsible forest practices:
2003 - First company to require third-party fiber certification of its suppliers
2006 - Began ongoing collaboration with FSC
2009 - Joined WWF's Global Forest and Trade Network
2011 - First U.S. tissue maker to offer branded FSC consumer products with Kleenex® facial tissue
2012 - Expanded FSC certification to Cottonelle®, Scott®, and Viva® branded products
2013 - 100% of all Kimberly-Clark fiber suppliers are certified
2014 - Awarded FSC Leadership Award
2016 - Awarded FSC Leadership Award
This campaign supports Kimberly-Clark's Sustainability 2022 strategy. Kimberly-Clark's latest sustainability update will be issued at the end of June 2017. Visit www.kimberly-clark.com/sustainability to learn more.
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