By Tracy Doucet, Senior Director of Research & Engineering, Kimberly-Clark Global Nonwovens
We’ve all heard the news that there will be more plastics in the ocean than fish by 2050. It’s a difficult concept to grasp. Experiencing it first hand is even more daunting.
Last May, I attended the first-ever Ocean Plastics Leadership Summit, which convened businesses, nonprofits, academics and nongovernmental bodies in the plastics supply chain on a four-day sea-based expedition.
Kimberly-Clark Guatemala’s solar panel installation is invisible from the street, but the 461 rooftop solar panels are producing benefits for the company and the environment.
The Guatemala solar project will power operations for the company’s distribution center as well as administrative offices and is set to produce 250.6 megawatt hours per year – the equivalent to the annual consumption of 70 homes in the country. It’s estimated that the project will save 127 tons of carbon dioxide annually.
Kimberly-Clark Costa Rica's sustainability program, Ambientados, received a special recognition from the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) for 10 years of investing and promoting a culture of recycling in the country.
During the AMCHAM 23rd “Social Responsibility in Action Awards,” Ambientados was acknowledged as a pioneer initiative thanks to its ability to be a successful self-sustaining public-private recycling platform. The award was presented to Ricardo Yoshino, Kimberly-Clark Central America South Cluster Lead, by Sharon Day, United States Ambassador to Costa Rica.
Kimberly-Clark, General Mills and Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. broke ground this week on the Maverick Creek Wind Project in Eden, Texas. When completed, Maverick Creek will power the production of Kimberly-Clark’s essential products in North America, including Cottonelle®, Viva®, Scott® and Kleenex®, with 670,000 megawatt hours of renewable energy annually.
On World Toilet Day 2019, a delegation of Kimberly-Clark leaders joined hundreds of sanitation entrepreneurs, NGOs and other global businesses at the Toilet Board Coalition’s Global Sanitation Economy Summit in Pune, India to discuss investment, innovation and the integration of menstrual hygiene management into the larger sanitation vision.
Kimberly-Clark social impact programs, With You She Can and Toilets Change Lives, were recognized as industry leaders at the 2019 Ethical Corporation Responsible Business Awards. The programs received the Community Impact and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Impact awards.
Last week, on the eve of World Water Week, Cape Town businesses, government and nongovernmental organizations gathered for a second water risk workshop to make determinations about what solutions to the water crisis in the region exist, and whether they actually mitigate water risk.