Each year since 1960, the third week in October has been proclaimed National Forest Products Week in the U.S. It is a time to recognize the essential role that forests play in the country’s history, culture, environment and economy. Our forests are a source of clean air and water, are home to a diversity of fish and wildlife, a place to enjoy, provide us with many products made from wood and are a source of employment for people who work in and manage the forests. From houses to paper to packaging to fuel to furniture to railways, wood products are an irreplaceable part of our daily lives. But those are just the traditional uses of forest products! What about all the surprising everyday items that contain products from wood? Wood cellulose, released when wood is processed into pulp, is used to make ping pong balls, sports helmets, nail polish and synthetic fibres, which are made into clothes and towels – just to name a few. Click Read More below for additional information.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Center for Corporate Climate Leadership recognized Kimberly-Clark with one of only 17 Climate Leadership Awards given nationwide for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The awards acknowledge the voluntary work organizations do to manage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout the supply chain.
Kimberly-Clark received the Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management “Goal Achievement Award” for reporting and verifying organization-wide greenhouse gas inventories and achieving publicly-set aggressive greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals.
“We’re proud of the progress we’ve made in finding ways to grow sustainably,” said Sandra MacQuillan, Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer for Kimberly-Clark. “We are increasing efforts to educate, excite and engage employees around sustainability by demonstrating how it connects with our vision and values as a company.”
One of Kimberly-Clark’s long-term sustainability goals is to reduce total GHG emissions from operations while delivering direct savings or cost avoidance. Successful execution of its global GHG reduction strategy enabled the company to exceed its five percent reduction in total GHG emissions in four years and reduce more than 10 percent over the last 10 years.
“It’s an honor to be recognized as a leader in reducing climate impact. We are very proud to have achieved a 6.9 percent reduction in our absolute greenhouse gas emissions over four years,” said Lisa Morden, Senior Director of Global Sustainability. “This award reaffirms the measurable impact of our sustainability program and recognizes our actions to continue improving energy efficiency across our global operations.”
Kimberly-Clark has achieved results by expanding programs that rely on energy conservation and the deployment of alternate energy such as biomass, renewables and cogeneration at several U.S. and global facilities. Teams around the world have also adopted a LEAN Energy Management system of conservation, which engages employees in manufacturing facilities to reduce energy use, thereby reducing greenhouse gasses.