Kimberly-Clark leads the world in essentials for a better life. We are the global manufacturer of products made from natural or synthetic fibers, including products in the categories of Consumer Tissue, Personal and Feminine Hygiene and Baby and Child Care. Our Kleenex, Kotex, Depend, Huggies and Scott brands are internationally recognized, and one quarter of the world’s population uses a Kimberly-Clark product every day.
Sustainability has been a priority since our founding in 1872. As part of our Sustainability 2022 strategy, Kimberly-Clark has prioritized Social Impact by setting a goal of improving the well-being of 25 million people in need. We are working to reach this target by investing in social and community programs that increase access to sanitation, empowering women and girls, and help moms and babies thrive.
Kimberly-Clark has a long history of supporting maternal and child health programs around the world. Since 2010, through Huggies’ “No Baby Unhugged” program, the company has given away more than 200 million “hugs” in the form of diapers and wipes. This effort has helped more than 250 thousand children globally. We also provide grants to hospitals and non-profit organizations to support programs in eighteen different countries that help mothers and babies receive the essential care they need in the pre and post-natal periods.
The Singapore Diaper Bank program – the country’s first community Diaper Bank – was launched in 2017 with a commitment by Huggies to provide one million diapers to families in need over a three-year period. Since then, the program has expanded across the nation to include community partner programs and organizations such as the Early Childhood Development Agency and Community Development Councils (CDC).
In Dec 2019, Huggies and UNICEF signed a partnership to improve access to maternal and child healthcare in seven provinces in north and central highland Vietnam. The partnership will provide targeted support that includes interventions to help strengthen neo-natal health systems through regular trainings for healthcare workers on Early Essential Newborn Care (EENC) and Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC), and by establishing processes that improve access to essential healthcare services for pregnant mothers and their babies. UNICEF estimates that these interventions will directly benefit 288 thousand newborns over the next three years and indirectly help more than one million newborns annually.
To learn more about our Social Impact efforts visit https://www.sustainability2022.com/five-priorities/social-impact.