January 2011
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K-C Joins U.N. Global Compact Sustainability Initiative

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Kimberly-Clark Corp., Dallas, Texas, USA, reports that it has become a participant of the United Nations Global Compact, the world's largest corporate citizenship and sustainability initiative. As a signatory, K-C will support the Global Compact's 10 principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption, reinforcing the company's commitment to responsible business practices on a global basis.

K-C's history of environmental sustainability, code of conduct, human rights in employment policies, and other business practices align very closely with the U.N. Global Compact's principles. Joining the Global Compact, the company notes, will help to further improve its efforts by collaborating with other organizations that are focused on a sustainable future.

"We applaud Kimberly-Clark's leadership in joining our worldwide initiative," said Georg Kell, executive head of the UN Global Compact. "In an increasingly interconnected world, corporate responsibility is no longer an option - it is a strategic imperative. The rapid up-take of the Global Compact by companies that have operations around the world, like Kimberly-Clark, reflects this reality."

Kimberly-Clark joins more than 8,000 companies and groups around the world who have signed the U.N. Global Compact to promote responsible corporate citizenship and sustainability. As a signatory, the company will complete an annual Communication on Progress (COP) submission, demonstrating its progress in working towards the Compact's 10 principles.



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