KCANZ releases year one results of Sustainability 2020 program
Today marks the release of the Kimberly-Clark Australia & New Zealand (KCANZ) 2016 sustainability update, reporting on the progress we’ve made towards our new ANZ Sustainability 2020 goals. We are pleased to announce that at the end of year one, we are on track with our new goals and through this work are delivering environmental, social and business value.
The measurable goals were introduced last year when we launched our new five year strategy to drive KCANZ forwards to 2020. The local sustainability goals align with Kimberly-Clark’s global strategy, and focus on five key priority areas – Social Impact, Forests & Fibre, Waste & Recycling, Energy & Climate, and Supply Chain.
Yuval Dagim, Managing Director of Kimberly-Clark Australia and New Zealand says: “Sustainability is a key element in our company vision to lead the world in essentials for a better life, and also in our local business strategy in Australia and New Zealand. Our commitment to sustainability not only ensures we are doing the right thing in the communities in which we live and work, but it adds value to our business - creating efficiencies, fostering innovation, and most importantly, helping us to connect with more people in more meaningful ways”.
Key highlights of 2016 include:
- Social Impact: We improved the well-being of over 300,000 people in ANZ. In Australia we supported the Children’s Hospital Foundations Australia through our Huggies Hugs for Healing program, and in New Zealand we helped provide valuable services to families in need through our long-standing Huggies partnership with Plunket.
- Forests & Fibre: In New Zealand, our Kleenex brand partnered with Wingspan Birds of Prey Trust and Timberlands to further raise consumer awareness about the importance of the FSC label, while supporting conservation efforts for the Kãrearea, NZ’s only endemic falcon and a threatened species.
- Waste & Recycling: We recycled 3.2 million pieces, or 12.7 tonnes, of Kimberly-Clark soft plastic packaging through our foundation partnerships with the REDcycle program in Australia and Soft Plastics Recycling Program in New Zealand. This is a 19% increase from 2015.
- Energy & Climate: We reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 37% since 2011 (excluding the Tantanoola and Albury Mills) by improving processes at our manufacturing sites to deliver energy efficiencies – all while increasing production numbers.
- Supply Chain: In the area of safety, we achieved the lowest ever injury rate ever recorded for KCANZ for the fifth consecutive year, and achieved a 42% decrease in reportable injuries from 2015.
Julia Schembri, Head of Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability at Kimberly-Clark Australia and New Zealand says: “Our 2016 achievements place us in a strong starting position to deliver our 2020 goals and demonstrate how we are making a positive impact on the communities in which we live and work. It’s exciting times ahead for our ANZ business as we stretch ourselves to find innovative solutions, build new capabilities and forge powerful partnerships that will positively impact the environment and our community, while delivering business value.”.