Kimberly-Clark Australia was honoured at the 25th Banksia Sustainability Awards for its leadership in sustainability.
Kimberly-Clark Australia won the prestigious Banksia award for Leading in Sustainability for large Organisations.
Kimberly Clark Australia has transformed its substantial manufacturing and consumer goods business with leading brands into an Australian market leader in sustainability. The company’s Kleenex, Kleenex Cottonelle and Viva brands are now part of a partnership with environmental NGOWWF due to Kimberly-Clark’s commitment to using Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood products in its tissue based products.
Kimberly-Clark Australia and New Zealand rolled out a comprehensive and ambitious sustainability strategy in 2011, called ‘Our Essential World’, key elements of which were focussed around the three pillars of sustainability - people, planet and products.
According to Graz van Egmond, Chief Executive Officer Banksia Foundation, Kimberly-Clark set about using the power of its brands to help educate Australians about key sustainability issues while challenging itself to significantly reduce its carbon emissions and reduce waste to landfill, being active community contributors and showing leadership around post-consumer waste and ethical sourcing.
Based on the significant results achieved and their plan for the future, the judges found Kimberly-Clark to be an industry leader, holistically covering all three key elements of sustainability.
Robbert Rietbroek, Vice President and Managing Director for Kimberly-Clark Australia and New Zealand says that the company is incredibly proud of the progress made towards their 2015 Our Essential World Sustainability strategy goals, in particular, the work being done with FSC and WWF as well as their waste and energy reduction efforts, including the installation of a $30 million cogeneration facility at their tissue mill in South Australia.
He congratulated the Kimberly-Clark employees and their Sustainability Team comprising of Jacquie Fegent-McGeachie and Ryan Kane, for their work implementing and driving a tailored strategy for Australia and New Zealand.
The Banksia award for Leading in Sustainability for large Organisations award recognises businesses and organisations with over 200 employees that demonstrate leadership by fully integrating sustainable principles and practices into operational activities, reducing the organisation’s footprint and influencing and educating suppliers and customers.