KCANZ Releases 2017 Sustainability Results

Today, Kimberly-Clark Australia and New Zealand (KCANZ) is proud to release our latest Sustainability Update - a summary of the progress we have made against our local Sustainability goals: Sustainability 2020.

The new measurable sustainability objectives were introduced in 2016, when we launched our new five year strategy for ANZ, which brings together the power of our brands, operations and employees and guides the development of initiatives, practices and the ways we work together with our customers, consumers, partners and suppliers to ensure we’re looking after our world for generations to come.

We are pleased to report that at the end of year two, we remain on track with our new goals and through our continued commitment to sustainable initiatives, we continue to deliver environmental, social and business value across our five key priority areas. 

Highlights from 2017 include:

  • Social Impact: we improved the lives of over 120,000 people in Australia and New Zealand through our brand-led social and education programs. The 25-year-strong partnership between our Huggies brand and New Zealand’s Plunket organisation delivers critical support and services to thousands of families across New Zealand to ensure babies and children have the essential resources they need to thrive.  
  • Forests and Fibre: we continued to maintain 100% of fibre from FSC certified or FSC controlled wood sources, which helps to reduce our impact on forests and prioritises the use of fibre from environmentally-preferred sources. We also used the strong reputation of our brands to raise awareness of responsible forestry with our consumers.
  • Waste and Recycling: we diverted 91.4% of our manufacturing waste from landfill, which is up from 89.8% in the prior year. Our programs for recycling post-consumer waste continued to gain traction, with 14.6 tonnes (3.6 million pieces) of Kimberly-Clark packaging being recycled through our foundation partnerships with the REDcycle program in Australia and Soft Plastics Recycling Program in New Zealand.
  • Energy and Climate: we’ve been working hard to decrease the amount of energy we consume across our entire business, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 47% (since 2011) and continuing to find opportunities to create energy efficiencies at our manufacturing sites.
  • Supply Chain: through increased initiatives to improve employee awareness of essential safety principles, preventative measures and diligent reporting of all incidents, we achieved our lowest injury rate ever recorded for Kimberly-Clark Australia and New Zealand, which equated to a 22% decrease in reportable injuries from 2016.

In Kimberly-Clark Australia and New Zealand we have continued to place sustainability at the core of our business and it remains an integral element of our company vision to lead the world in essentials for a better life. Our commitment to sustainability is of great pride of our employees, in partnership with our retail partners, consumers, NGO partners and other stakeholders throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Further details of KCANZ’s Sustainability progress and key initiatives are available to view now on the KCANZ Sustainability website.