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1870

Kimberly-Clark and Company is established in Neenah, Wisconsin

Kimberly, Clark and other investors form the Atlas Paper Co.

Scott Paper Company founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Irvin and Clarence Scott

1872

Four young businessmen, John A. Kimberly, Havilah Babcock, Charles B. Clark, and Frank C. Shattuck, join forces as partners in this Wisconsin village and put together the modest sum of $30,000 to start Kimberly, Clark and Co.

The company builds the Globe Mill, the first in Wisconsin to make newsprint entirely from linen and cotton rags. Production begins on Oct. 22. 

1874

Scott Paper Co. Limited is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as a limited partnership on June 2, 1874, although the final agreement is not signed until 1879. The partners include brothers Thomas, Irvin and Clarence Scott and their cousins Thomas Seymour and Zerah Hoyt.

Kimberly, Clark Co. buys Neenah's only other paper mill - known variously as the Smith & Van Ostrand Mill, Red Mill and Neenah Paper Mill. (The mill was torn down and replaced by the new Neenah Mill in 1885.) 

1878

Kimberly, Clark and other investors form the Atlas Paper Co. in Appleton, Wisconsin. When the mill goes into operation the next year, it is the first in the state to produce paper largely from ground or mechanic pulp. Its first product is wrapping paper, and its inventive papermakers gain an enviable reputation for developing new products and processes.

1879

Brothers Seymour and Irvin Scott ran a paper commission business for twelve years, but the poor economy in the 1870s forced them out of business. Irvin and his younger brother, Clarence, then decided to form their own company out of the remains of the first. Irvin reportedly borrowed $2,000 from his father-in-law and added it to the $300 the two brothers had to form the capital of Scott Paper Company.

1880

Name changes to Kimberly & Clark Company

Kimberly & Clark becomes the leading paper producer in the Midwest

Kimberly & Clark builds Kimberly Mill and develops town of Kimberly, Wisconsin

1881

The Vulcan Mill is built, adjoining Atlas, as the company's first mill to produce book paper.

1886

Kimberly & Clark becomes the leading paper producer in the Midwest. Less than half of its 70-ton capacity is newsprint; about two-fifths is wrapping paper and the rest is book paper.

1887

Kimberly & Clark constructs the Telulah Mill in Appleton, Wisconsin to add to the company's newsprint capacity. (The mill is rebuilt to produce book paper in 1893 and eventually is sold to Fox River Paper Co. in 1921.)

1888

The Atlas Mill, heart of the company's wrapping paper business, burns down but is rebuilt in only five months.

1889

To build a large new pulp and paper mill, the firm buys farmland and water power rights along the Fox River three miles east of Appleton, Wisconsin. As part of the development, the company build a hotel and 60 houses which are sold or rented. For this project, Kimberly & Clark turns the design over to renowned architect A. B. Tower of Holyoke, Massachusetts, who John A. Kimberly calls the "prince of paper-mill architects."

1890

Scott Paper Company is first to put toilet paper on a roll

Charles B. Clark dies at age 47

Kimberly & Clark expands by acquiring a small pulp mill

1891

Charles B. Clark, youngest of the four founders and the one whose idea sparked the creation of Kimberly, Clark & Co. dies at age 47.

The Shattuck & Babcock Mill is built at DePere, Wisconsin, to make bond and ledger papers.

1896

Irvin Scott's son, Arthur Hoyt Scott, joins Scott Paper Co.

1897

Kimberly & Clark expands by acquiring a small pulp mill at Quinnesec Falls, Wisconsin. The mill is tom down and a new mill - one of the world's largest - is built to make wrapping paper and groundwood pulp. The project and the town are renamed Niagara.

1899

Scott Paper's new Glenwood Avenue factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania burns down. Rebuilding is immediately undertaken, and the factory reopens in January 1900.

1900

The Kimberly Mill burns down

Arthur Hoyt Scott changes the direction of Scott Paper

Scott Paper introduces the first paper towel in America

1901

The Kimberly Mill burns down, devastating the company's ability to supply newsprint. To prevent the loss of customers, production of the Niagara Mill is quickly converted from wrapping paper to newsprint. Only four weeks after the Kimberly fire, Niagara ships its first carload of newsprint.

Frank C. Shattuck, another of the four founders, dies.

1902

Arthur Hoy Scott changes the direction of Scott Paper by deciding to have it manufacture its own brand of toilet paper: Waldorf. The brand subsequently becomes the best-selling toilet paper in the world.

1905

Havilah Babcock dies, leaving John A. Kimberly as the only surviving founder.

1906

Because of changing conditions in ownership caused by the deaths of three of the founders, Kimberly & Clark is reorganized and incorporated as Kimberly-Clark Co.

1907

The era of the four founders ends as John A. Kimberly gradually withdraws from active participation in the company. Frank J. Sensenbrenner becomes, in effect, chief executive, although he modestly refuses the title out of respect for Mr. Kimberly.

1907

Scott Paper invents Sani-Towels, the first disposable paper towel, for use in Philadelphia classrooms to help prevent the spread of common colds.

1910

Scott Paper begins to manufacture ScotTissue bathroom tissue

Kimberly-Clark begins to manufacture creped cellulose wadding named Cellucotton

Scott Paper changes an industry marketing strategy

1913

Scott's sales exceed $1 million for the first time. The company begins to manufacture ScotTissue bathroom tissue.

1914

Kimberly-Clark hires Ernst Mahler, a brilliant young scientist and papermaking expert from Austria, to establish a research, technical and engineering department. Just before the outbreak of World War I, he and James C. Kimberly, son of one of the founders, travel to Europe where they learn about two new products that will have a profound impact on the company's growth: bleached refined groundwood printing paper and creped cellulose wadding.

1915

Scott Paper adopts the slogan: "it's the counted sheet that counts." Scott takes the lead against its competitors by selling bathroom tissue by the sheet, changing the marketing strategy of the entire industry.

The Globe Mill in Neenah, Wisconsin is rebuilt to produce Cellucotton as a substitute for cotton. It is first used as bandages for wounded soldiers in World War I. After the war, Cellucotton led the development of Kotex feminine pads and Kleenex facial tissue.

Scott Paper Co. shares are first traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

Simultaneously conversions are made at the Kimberly Mill that lead to the introduction of the rotogravure book paper produced from bleached refined groundwood pulp, for use in newspaper supplements, magazines, catalogs and other forms of mass-produced printing.

1918

Kimberly-Clark prepares the Badger-Globe Mill to manufacture Cellucotton as a filter for army gas masks, but the war ends and the project, which later leads to the development of Kleenex tissues, is shelved.

1920

Kimberly-Clark introduces Kotex Sanitary Napkins

Scott Paper introduces "Thirsty Fibre"

Kimberly-Clark introduces its disposable "cold cream towel," Kleenex facial tissue

1921

Scott introduces Mr. Thirsty Fibre, an advertising symbol designed to convey the absorbency of Scott products.

Kotex products launches its first advertising campaign featuring illustrations of sophisticated women. At the time, the subject of menstruation was taboo, so Kotex pads were sold in a plainly wrapped, unidentified box.

1924

Women's growing use of cosmetics and cold cream gave Kimberly-Clark a market for its tissue as an economical makeup remover. Kimberly-Clark advertises its products as a "sanitary cold cream remover" that can be thrown away after every use.

1925

Kimberly-Clark begins marketing consumer products outside the U.S. - in Canada.

1927

Arthur Hoyt Scott dies on Feb. 26. Thomas B. McCabe becomes president of Scott Paper.

1928

John A. Kimberly, the last surviving Kimberly-Clark founder, dies on Jan. 21, and Frank J. Sensenbrenner is named president.

On June 30, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, the fourth name of the enterprise since its founding, is adopted. In July, Kimberly-Clark stock is first offered to the public; it is listed on the New York Stock Exchange on May 8, 1929.

1929

Kimberly-Clark purchases the Lakeview Mill in Neenah, Wisconsin to produce specialty paper.

1930

Sales surge as Kleenex brand tissue advertising shifts to disposable handkerchief

Kleenex introduces the first Pocket Pack Tissues

1931

Scott expands its paper towel business to the home market with the introduction of rolled ScotTowels, which eventually become the country's top-selling paper towel. The creation of the towel holder, which Scott also sells, spurs this product's growth.

E. Irvin Scott dies on April 24.

1932

Kleenex brand introduces the first Pocket Pack Tissues.

1940

Kimberly-Clark produces M-45 anti-aircraft gun mounts

Kimberly-Clark introduces Kimwipes Wipers, the first delicate task wiper for labs and research

1941

The "True Confessions" cartoon ads offer five dollars to anyone who could come up with a creative use of Kleenex tissue. More than 125,000 responses were received. Winners' entries appear in the comics section of local newspapers.

1942

Cola G. Parker becomes president of Kimberly-Clark upon the retirement of Frank J. Sensenbrenner.

With American's entry in World War II, Kimberly-Clark shifts much of its production capacity from consumer use to defense needs. Among the many products the company makes for the armed forces are anti-aircraft gun mounts and detonating fuses for heavy shells.

1943

Scott Paper, in its first direct competition with Kimberly-Clark, launches Scotties facial tissue.

1944

Little Lulu, a popular cartoon figure in the Saturday Evening Post magazine, joins forces with Kleenex to explain the Kleenex shortage during the war and to remind the public of its superior quality. An instant hit, she continues to sell Kleenex tissue through the 1950s.

1947

Originally launched as a neck strip for use by barbers, Kimwipe Wipers came to the attention of lens grinders who used them as wiping sheets for optics. Now the industry standard and market leader, this product led the way for Kimberly-Clark's entry into the industrial wiping market.

1949

Little Lulu makes her debut on Broadway with the lighting of one of the largest advertising signs ever above Times Square.

1950

K-C begins a decade of major international expansion

Scott Paper is the first paper producer to advertise bathroom tissue on national television

1953

John R. Kimberly, grandson of the founder, becomes president of K-C, succeeding Cola G. Parker.

1954

Scott Paper acquires Detroit Sulphite Pulp & Paper Co., gaining siz paper and pulp. Scott also merges with Hollingsworth & Whitney Co., acquiring plants in Maine. Westminster Paper Co. of British Columbia also becomes an affiliate of Scott.

1955

K-C begins a decade of major international expansion by investing in its first non-North American facilities. This includes acquiring an ownership in the La Aurora paper company (subsequently Kimberly-Clark de Mexico) and in Kimberly-Clark Limited in the United Kingdom.

Scott, an innovator in television advertising, becomes the first paper producer to advertise bathroom tissue on national television when it airs a commercial for ScotTissue.

International Cellucotton Products Co., the marketing arm for K-C consumer products, is merged into K-C.

1956

Scott joins with Bowater Paper Corp. of England to form Bowater-Scott, the first of many ventures between the two companies.

K-C buys the Neenah Paper Co., broadening its products to includ cotton-content and other premium business papers.

1957

K-C acquires Peter J. Schweitzer, Inc., a world supplier of thin papers, with mills in the U.S. and France.

1959

K-C purchases the American Envelope Co. (renamed Karolton Envelope) of West Carrollton, Ohio

1960

Scott's Special Foam is introducedThe Paper Caper, the nation's first paper dress is introducedBlueline Detergent Windshield Towels are inventedKimberly-Clark introduces the Kleenex Brand Boutique Tissue

Kaycel fabric for surgical gowns introduces single-use protective apparel for the surgical suite. Revolutionary non-woven material was originally developed by Kimberly-Clark for use in field hospitals during the Korean War.

1961

Scott Paper opens a new executive office and research and engineering center near Philadelphia's International Airport.

1962

Thomas B. McCabe relinquishes the presidency and is named chairman of the board and CEO of Scott. Harrison F. Dunning is elected president and becomes CEO in 1966.

1966

The "Paper Caper," the nation's first paper dress, is introduced by Scott Paper in 1966 as a promotional gimmick for its consumer products. The disposable paper dress, available by mail order for $1.25, comes in two designs, a black and white Op Art motif and a red bandanna pattern.

Scott Paper creates a paper wipe containing detergents designed to clean automobile windshields. This was the first product of its kind to be sold throughout the U.S.

1967

Kimberly-Clark introduces the Kleenex Brand Boutique Tissue, becoming the first in the industry to produce an upright carton.

1968

Guy M. Minard is named president and CEO of Kimberly-Clark, succeeding John R. Kimberly.

Kimberly-Clark introduces Kimbies diapers in test markets. Scott also enters the disposable diaper market, but exits the category in the mid-1970s.

1970

Kimberly-Clark withdraws from coated and commodity printing papers markets

Scott introduces Cottonelle bathroom tissue

Wypall Wipers are introduced for industrial cleaning

Kimberly-Clark introduces Huggies diapers

1970

Darwin E. Smith is elected chariman and CEO of Kimberly-Clark, succeeding Guy M. Minard.

Kimberly-Clark withdraws from coated and commodity printing papers markets. The decision ultimately leads to the sale of mills at Niagara Falls, New York; Anderson, California; West Carrollton, Ohio; and Niagara and Kimberly, Wisconsin.

Charles Dickey replaces Harrison F. Dunning who retires as Scott's chairman and CEO.

The Brown-Bridge Mills, manufacturer of adhesive-coated papers, films and foils, is acquired by Kimberly-Clark.

1972

Scott introduces Cottonelle bathroom tissue.

1974

Kimberly-Clark begins the largest capital improvement program in its history. Included are major expansions in pulp-producing capacity at Coosa Pines, Alabama; Terrace Bay, Ontario; and Orizaba, Mexico.

1975

Wypall Wipers are introduced and later become the world's leading wiper brand.

1978

Kimberly-Clark introduces Huggies disposable diapers with elastic at the legs. It becomes a highly successful entry in the emerging premium segment of the market.

1978

Kimguard Sterilization Wrap for surgical instruments revolutionizes instrument handling in the health care industry, helps reduce infections, and provides new level of convenience to surgeons.

1980

Depend incontinence care products advertising airs for the first time on television. Actress June Allyson encourages people to "Get back into life."

Phillip E. Lippincott succeeds Charles Dickey as president and CEO of Scott.

1980

Kimberly-Clark moves its U.S. Service Products and Nonwoven Business Division from Neenah, Wisconsin to a new operations headquarters in Roswell, Georgia.

Kimberly-Clark introduces Depend incontinence care products - the first such commercial products readily available to the public.

1981

Depend incontinence care products advertising airs for the first time on television. Actress June Allyson encourages people to 'Get back into life."

Philip E. Lippincott succeeds Charles Dickey as president and CEO of Scott.

1983

Huggies becomes the leading premium diaper in the U.S. and a major factor in the company's growth.

1984

Midwest Express Airlines, a subsidiary of Kimberly-Clark Aviation, begins commercial service and soon wins recognition as one of America's most service-oriented airlines.

1985

Kimberly-Clark makes major changes to its organizational structure. Kimberly-Clark establishes a Chairman's office and several new operating sectors. The company's World Headquarters relocates to Irving, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.

Kimberly-Clark establishes a Corporate Science and Technology Center at its operations headquarters in Roswell, Georgia.

1986

Scott Paper merges its Packaged Products Division, Scott Paper International and Scott Nonwovens into a single operating group called Scott Worldwide.

1989

Kimberly-Clark invents disposable training pants: Pull-Ups launch without test-marketing and become an immediate success.

1990

Kimberly-Clark introduces Huggies baby wipes and Kleenex premium bathroom tissue

Kimberly-Clark introduces Poise Pads to combat light loss of bladder control

Kimberly-Clark introduces GoodNites Underpants to help kids who wet their beds

Scott Paper and Kimberly-Clark merge

Kimberly-Clark celebrates 125th anniversary

Kimberly-Clark introduces Huggies Little Swimmers disposable swimpants

Kimberly-Clark acquires TECNOL Medical Products, Inc.

Kimberly-Clark acquires Ballard Medical Products

1991

Scott introduces Scott Towels Mega Roll, the largest paper towel roll in the market.

Kimberly-Clark introduces ABSORB-LOC Plus (super absorbent material) in its Depend products.

1991

Going Global:Kimberly-Clark Health Care opens European Health Care operations in Brussels.

1992

Darwin E. Smith retires and Wayne R. Sanders becomes chairman and CEO of Kimberly-Clark.

Kimberly-Clark introduces Poise Pads to combat light loss of bladder control.

1993

In mapping its strategy for long-term sustainable growth, Kimberly-Clark concludes it lies in building basic strengths: core technologies, well-known trademarks and consumer product franchises. The company begins the first of a series of divestitures of non-core businesses and global acquisitions of consumer product businesses.

1994

Scott Paper embarks on a strategy to build its worldwide tissue business and to divest non-strategic assets, most notable its printing and publishing papers subsidiary S.D. Warren.

1994

Kimberly-Clark creates GoodNites Underpants, which look and feel like real underwear, to protect children who suffer from bedwetting.

1995

After months of negotiations and overwhelming approval by shareholders of both companies, Kimberly-Clark announces a $9.4 billion merger with Scott Paper.

1996

Kimberly-Clark introduces Kleenex ColdCare, a line of facial tissues specifically created for those who suffer from colds or allergies.

Kimberly-Clark's earnings from operations are the highest in the company's history, totaling $1.34 billion, or $2.37 per share.

1997

To celebrate its 125th anniversary, Kimberly-Clark partners with KaBOOM, the nation's nonprofit leader in community-built playgrounds, and more than 16,000 community volunteers to build 35 playgrounds across America. More than 37,000 children benefit from these safe, fun play spaces.

1997

Kimberly-Clark launches a new segment in infant child care with Huggies Little Swimmers disposable swim pants. The innovative swim pants protect children in the water without swelling like disposable diapers and feature tear-away sides that make changing easier.

1997

Kimberly-Clark acquires TECNOL Medical Products, Inc., a leading maker of disposable face masks and patient care products, improving its position as a major manufacturer and marketer of branded professional health care products.

1999

Kimberly-Clark acquires Ballard Medical Products, a leading maker of disposable medical devices for respiratory care, gastroenterology and cardiology, gaining new health care technologies and product offerings.

1999

Kimberly-Clark Health Care expands into new global markets with the introduction of clinically-preferred medical devices, including Mic-Key Enteral feeding systems and Trach Care closed suction systems.

2000

Kimberly-Clark brand icon inducted into Madam Tussauds London

Kleenex brand launches new Anti-Viral Tissue

Good Housekeeping Names Huggies Little Swimmers disposable swim pants one of the top four "Good Buys" of the past decade

The Scott brand crosses the billion-dollar U.S. sales mark

Kimberly-Clark Health Care launches Not on My Watch campaign to help prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections

Kimberly-Clark acquires Safeskin Corporation, Jackson Safety, I-Flow and Baylis Company's Pain

2000

Kimberly-Clark acquires Safeskin Corporation, a leading maker of high-quality, disposable gloves for the health care, high-technology and scientific industries, entering the $3 billion disposable glove market with the No. 1 position in U.S. exam gloves.

2002

Thomas J. Falk succeeds Wayne R. Sanders as CEO and becomes chairman in 2003.

2003

Kimberly-Clark Health Care introduces intra-operative Temperature Management Systems to help reduce surgical site infections and help improve patient outcomes.

2004

Kimberly-Clark's yellow Labrador puppy, which adorns the company's bath tissue products around the world, achieves unprecedented status as the first brand icon to earn a place among the celebrity wax figures at Madame Tussauds in London.

2004

Kimberly-Clark launches Kleenex Anti-Viral tissue, a patented, super premium 3-ply tissue designed with a moisture-activated middle layer that is treated with an anti-viral formula. Kleenex Anti-Viral tissue begins working immediately, when moisture from a cough or sneeze hits the middle layer, ultimately killing 99.9% of cold and flu viruses* in the tissue within 15 minutes.

2004

Kimberly-Clark announces innovative new toiletries products including Huggies liquid powder, shampoo, baby lotion, diaper rash cream and disposable wash mitts.

2004

Good Housekeeping magazine recognizes Kimberly-Clark's Disposable Swim Pants for innovation, value and performance.

2004

Kimberly-Clark Health Care introduces child-size face masks to properly protect kids from the spread of infection.

2005

Kimberly-Clark launches Scott Extra Soft Tissue, with 50 percent more sheets than other brands' double rolls.

2005

American Baby magazine names Huggies Supreme diapers America's Favorite Diapers.

2005

Kimberly-Clark acquires Microcuff GmbH (Microcuff), a privately held medical device and technology company in Germany.

2005

EPCglobal Inc. awards Kimberly-Clark's RFID research lab accreditation as a Global Performance Test Center. It is one of only two facilities in North America to receive the honor.

2006

Kimberly-Clark introduces Huggies Cleanteam toddler toiletries. The new product line, which features trademarked, letter-shaped characters called Alphamals, helps moms teach toddlers how to keep clean, while having fun at bath time, meal time, potty time, or on-the-go.

2006

Kimberly-Clark introduces Huggies Little Swimmers disposable swim pants with free samples of SunSignals UV Sensors to help parents easily detect and monitor their children's exposure to Ultraviolet B.

2006

Kimberly-Clark Professional offers complete line of Kimtech Pure Wipers for all "cleanroom" environments.

2006

Kimberly-Clark introduces the Cottonelle for Kids product line, the first-ever combined dry bath tissue and moist wipes system designed to help parents teach their kids ages 4 to 9 good bathroom hygiene habits.

2006

Kimberly-Clark Professional helps do-it-yourselfers get a grip on home improvement and automobile tasks with the introduction of the Purple Nitrile Grip Gloves.

2006

The Scott brand crosses the billion-dollar U.S. sales mark in 2006, following four consecutive years of significant growth in the consumer bath tissue and towel category.

2007

Kimberly-Clark Health Care launches Integuseal Microbial Sealant in the United States.

Kimberly-Clark announces plans to construct its first manufacturing facility in Russia to support its growing consumer business there and in Eastern Europe.

Huggies Supreme Natural Fit diapers ranked No. 1 Non-Food Pacesetter by IRI for generating more than $170 million in net sales within first year of being in market.

2007

The new Innovation Design Studio opens, incorporating use of a proprietary virtual reality system to help identify innovations, gain key insights, and strengthen customer relationships. Located in Neenah, Wisconsin, the facility represents a powerful addition to Kimberly-Clark's product, marketing research and customer development toolkits.

2008

Kimberly-Clark Health Care launches a new educational campaign designed to educate healthcare workers and support their efforts to reduce the spread of Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) in U.S. hospitals.

2008

Kimberly-Clark introduces Depend underwear for Men & Women, the brand's first gender-specific adult absorbent underwear.

2009

Kimberly-Clark launches Huggies Pure & Natural diapers, a super premium diaper that includes natural, organic materials and ingredients to provide gentle protection for new babies, as well as initial steps toward environmental improvements, without sacrificing performance.

2009

Kimberly-Clark launches Kleenex Anti-Viral tissue, a patented, super premium 3-ply tissue designed with a moisture-activated middle layer that is treated with an anti-viral formula. Kleenex Anti-Viral tissue begins working immediately, when moisture from a cough or sneeze hits the middle layer, ultimately killing 99.9% of cold and flu viruses* in the tissue within 15 minutes.

2009

For the fifth year in a row, Kimberly-Clark leads the personal products category of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI).

2009

Kimberly-Clark acquires I-Flow Corporation, a leading healthcare company that develops and markets technically advanced, low-cost drug delivery systems and innovative products for post-surgical pain relief and surgical site care.

Kimberly-Clark acquires Baylis Medical company's Pain Management Business. This further improves the competitive position of Kimberly-Clark Health Care in the $2 billion global market for minimally invasive chronic spinal pain management.

2010

Kimberly-Clark announces a global employee donation matching program, The Kimberly-Clark Employee Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund, which will contribute up to $300,000 to the American Red Cross.

2010

Poise brand teams up with celebrity Whoopi Goldberg to address women with light bladder leakage with humorous webisodes, "Great Women in History."

2010

The Kimberly-Clark Foundation awards $1.3 million in college scholarships to 64 students in North America through the Kimberly-Clark Bright Futures Scholarship program.

2010

Kimberly-Clark introduces U by Kotex product line, taking a bold step in feminine care by supporting women's conversations about periods and vaginal health.

2010

Kimberly-Clark introduces Kleenex Hand Towels, disposable bathroom hand towels designed to help families develop good hand drying habits.

2010

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency names Kimberly-Clark 2010 Energy Star Partner of the Year for second year.

2010

To support strategic growth in Eastern Europe, Kimberly-Clark opens a manufacturing plant in Stupino, Russia, which is near Moscow, to produce Huggies diapers.

2010

Kimberly-Clark and Greenpeace celebrate one-year anniversary. In that year, Kimberly-Clark surpassed its goal of increasing its use of recycled and FSC-certified fiber in North American tissue products two years ahead of schedule.

2010

Kimberly-Clark launches the second annual “The Depend Campaign to End Prostate Cancer” with sports legends Jim Kelly, Ozzie Smith and Mike Bossy.

2010

Huggies brand awards the first ever MomInspired grants. The program was launched to provide resources and seed capital to entrepreneurial moms with innovative product solutions and new business ventures.

2010

Huggies brand launches the "Every Little Bottom" campaign to ensure diaper banks in the U.S. and Canada can provide moms in need access to an adequate supply of diapers.

2010

Scott Naturals brand offers an easy solution to help save water in the bathroom, the Smart Flush Bag. A family of four could save 2,000 gallons per year.

2010

Intimus brand takes No. 1 position in Brazil.

2010

FTSE Group recognizes Kimberly-Clark's sustainability efforts for eighth straight year. The index recognizes companies for working towards environmental sustainability, developing positive relationships with stakeholders, and upholding and supporting universal human rights.

2010

Kimberly-Clark introduces Scott Naturals Tube Free, the first coreless bath tissue for home.

2010

Kimberly-Clark Professional launches the Healthy Workplace Project, a comprehensive approach to hand hygiene aimed at reducing workplace absenteeism.

2010

Kimberly-Clark expands facility in Czech Republic to produce material for Kimberly-Clark diapers and youth pants, supporting some of the fastest growing regions of the world for Kimberly-Clark products.

2010

Newsweek announces Kimberly-Clark as one of the Top 100 Greenest U.S. Companies.

2010

Kimberly-Clark announces its 100 percent rating on the 2011 Corporate Equality Index by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

2010

Kimberly-Clark joins the United Nations Global Compact.

2011

For the third consecutive year, Kimberly-Clark is recognized as one of the "100 Best Corporate Citizens" by Corporate Responsibility Magazine with high ranks in each of the seven categories: Environment, Climate Change, Human Rights, Philanthropy, Employee Relations, Finance and Governance.

2011

U by Kotex and fashion visionary Patricia Field empower girls to revolutionize the feminine care category by introducing color and design variety on pads and liners for the first time ever.

2011

Kimberly-Clark is named among the Top 100 Companies to Work For in 2011 by Savoy Magazine based on management philosophy, communication efforts, career opportunities and diversity outreach efforts.

2011

The Kimberly-Clark Foundation awards $1.36 million in college scholarships to students located in 14 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces through the Kimberly-Clark Bright Futures Scholarship Program.

2011

The Huggies brand encourages parents to dress their little ones "Cute for a Cause" with the much-anticipated return of the limited-edition Huggies Jeans Diaper. By purchasing Huggies Jeans Diapers, moms across North America can help a baby in need through Huggies Every Little Bottom program.

2011

Kimberly-Clark announces its Sustainability 2015 goals and the company's most ambitious and comprehensive sustainability strategy to date. Sustainability 2015 engages Kimberly-Clark's global businesses, brands and employees and is built on a framework of People, Planet and Products.

2011

Huggies brand announces the new Huggies Little Movers Slip-On Diapers, the category's first and only disposable diaper in North American that slides on just like underwear, which offers moms a simple and easy-to-use solution to deal with squirmy babies.

2011

The Poise brand introduces the new Poise Hourglass Shape Pads that offer a curved shape that improves fit while providing the same excellent protection consumers expect from the brand.

2011

Kimberly-Clark expands network of global innovation centers with a center in Bogota, Colombia, that will develop products using local and regional insights to meet broader consumer needs around the world.

2011

New, limited-edition Huggies Little Movers Camo Diapers are launched exclusively at Walmart.

2011

The Kleenex brand brings a new innovation to the facial tissue category with the introduction of Kleenex Cool Touch tissue, the only tissue that actively releases a cool sensation to soothe a sore nose on contact.

2011

Kimberly-Clark becomes first U.S. branded consumer tissue maker that meets the rigorous sustainable sourcing requirements of the Forest Stewardship Council.

2011

Kimberly-Clark is named the winner of the 2011 "Dick Clark Supply Chain Award" by Consumer Goods Technology magazine for demand-driven consumer value chain success.

2011

Envirocomp and Kimberly-Clark sign global agreement to sponsor composting facilities for disposable diapers. Through a similar sponsorship in 2009, Huggies brand and Envirocomp established the first commercial nappy composting facility, which processes more than 15,000 diapers a day, resulting in compost suitable for commercial gardening or landscaping.

2011

Kimberly-Clark ranks No. 9 on 2011 list of "World's 25 Best Multinational Workplaces" by the Great Place to Work Institute, resulting from a survey that included more than 350 multinational companies from 45 countries.

2011

The Huggies Brand supports the creation of the first national nonprofit dedicated to helping raise awareness of diaper need, building capacity of diaper banks and closing the diaper gap in America—the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN).

2011

Kimberly-Clark is the 2011 large business recipient of the American Business Ethics Awards for adhering to the highest ethical standards in dealings with employees, customers and stakeholders.

2011

Huggies brand awards second annual MomInspired grants to nine mom product inventors. In the two years of the program, Huggies MomInspired has awarded $315,000 in grant money and has received nearly 1,000 product and service idea applications.

2012

The Kotex brand crosses the $1 billion global net sales mark in 2011, following two consecutive years of significant growth in the feminine care category. With this milestone, the Kotex brand entered the top tier of consumer packaged goods brands with more than $1 billion in net sales.

2012

Kimberly-Clark is recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, the leading business ethics think-tank, as one of the 2012 World's Most Ethical Companies. The 2012 list features companies in more than three dozen industries, including 40 companies headquartered outside the United States.

2012

Kimberly-Clark Professional launches two new products that offer protection as well as comfort - Jackson Safety G60 Level 2 Polyurethane Coated Cut Resistant Gloves and Jackson Safety G60 Level 5 Cut Resistant Sleeves with Dyneema Fiber.

2012

GoodNites brand introduces a new, innovative bedwetting protection, GoodNites Bed Mats, that is an ultra-absorbent, cloth-like, disposable mat that provides nighttime security against bedwetting and a choice for parents looking for a new product that helps children wake up with confidence.

2012

Kimberly-Clark Health Care introduces the new Kimguard One-Step Quick Check Sterilization Wrap that provides users with rapid visual reassurance that the wrap is free from tears, cuts and holes, and confirms that sterility is intact.

2012

I-FLOW, a Kimberly-Clark Health Care Company, announces the availability of a new suite of ON-Q T-bloc kits and trays, including needles, catheters and other pain management accessories for use in regional nerve block procedures.

2012

The Depend brand introduces the revolutionary, new Real Fit for Men and Silhouette for Women briefs designed to help people living with bladder control issues discreetly manage their condition and maintain an active lifestyle.

2012

Scott Naturals brand announces that its dry bath tissue, paper towels and napkins earned the Green Good Housekeeping Seal, an emblem given by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute in recognition of a brand's demonstration of environmental responsibility across a wide range of criteria.

2012

Kimberly-Clark Professional and TerraCycle, a leading recycler, announce the expansion of the world's first cleanroom and laboratory garment recycling initiative to include a pilot program for gloves.

2012

Kimberly-Clark announces its Water for Life program that provides a platform on which to collaborate with nongovernmental organizations to provide clean drinking water, sanitation and hygiene education to communities around the world.

2012

Kimberly-Clark is recognized as one of the top 20 "Best Corporate Citizens" by Corporate Responsibility Magazine for the fourth consecutive year based on scores from seven categories: Environment, Climate Change, Human Rights, Philanthropy, Employee Relations, Finance and Governance.

2012

Kimberly-Clark nationally launches the new U by Kotex Sleek Tampons and new U by Kotex CleanWear Pads. The additions to the U by Kotex product line delivered great protection and performance through innovative designs, reinforcing the brand's position as a game changer within the feminine care category.

2012

To help schools reduce absenteeism and transform into optimally healthy learning environments, Kimberly-Clark Professional launches The Healthy Schools Project, a new program that delivers effective solutions designed to break the cycle of illness in schools by encouraging students, teachers and staff to practice good hand hygiene.

2012

Kimberly-Clark celebrates the 20th year of the Bright Futures program by awarding college scholarships totaling $1.3 million to 65 children of K-C employees across 15 states and Canada.

2012

Huggies brand releases the new limited-edition Huggies Little Movers Hawaiian Diapers that allow babies everywhere to dress "Cute for a Cause." For every pack of Huggies Hawaiian Diapers and Wipes purchased, the Huggies Every Little Bottom program diapers a baby in need for one day.

2012

Kimberly-Clark receives the 2012 Circle of Excellence award from the Distribution Business Management Association (DBMA) for leadership in sustainability and environmentally responsible supply chain management.

2012

Huggies brand salutes and gives back to military families with Camo for a Cause, a donation of 5 million Huggies Little Movers Camo Diapers to families of those who serve to protect our country that reaches every branch of the U.S. military.

2012

Kimberly-Clark Professional releases results of a new study, "Where the Germs Are," that found office kitchens and break rooms are crawling with bacteria.

2012

Kimberly-Clark announces out a bold vision to significantly reduce its Forest Fiber Footprint, including a goal to transition at least 50 percent of wood fiber sourced from natural forests to alternate fiber sources by 2025.

2012

The Kleenex brand, the only brand with Sneeze Shield in all of its facial tissues, launches Shield. Sneeze. Swish., a three-step routine developed to help mom teach kids how to keep stuff off of their hands so she can feel confident when they head back-to-school.

2012

The Poise Feminine Wellness line - a first-of-its-kind line of consumer products designed specifically with menopausal women in mind – is introduced. This new product line represents the Poise brand's expansion into the feminine wellness category in the U.S. and Canada, following the successful rollout of these products in parts of Latin America.

2012

Pull-Ups brand introduces glow-in-the-dark designs on its Pull-Ups NightTime disposable training pants. The designs featuring Disney characters help parents start a new nighttime routine to make potty training consistent, easier and fun.

2012

Kimberly-Clark receives an A+ rating from Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) on its 2011 Corporate Sustainability Report "Full Circle," which highlights the company's progress towards its Sustainability 2015 goals. GRI is a non-profit organization promoting economic, environmental and social sustainability by providing organizations with a comprehensive sustainability reporting framework used worldwide.

2012

Booshoot and Kimberly-Clark sign development agreement to support production of tissue products made with bamboo fiber. The partnership marks a significant breakthrough for the tissue industry and the planet, as the companies will work together to develop high-yield fiber alternatives that can be grown domestically on a mass agricultural scale in environmentally and socially responsible ways.

2012

Kimberly-Clark Professional introduces personal protection and wiping solutions for oil and gas industry workers, including disposable coveralls, high-performance goggles, chemical and cut-resistant gloves, and fiberglass and silicone-coated welding blankets, under the Jackson Safety brand.

2012

2012 marks the 40th consecutive year that Kimberly-Clark has increased its dividend and the 78th straight year it has paid a dividend to shareholders.

2012

Kimberly-Clark celebrates the company’s 140th anniversary and the date of the first sale – a stack of finished paper sold to a schoolgirl so she could wrap a gift – on October 22, 1872.

2012

Kimberly-Clark is ranked No. 4 in the World’s 25 Best Multinational Workplaces by the Great Place to Work Institute for the second consecutive year.

2013

Pull-Ups brand launches Big Kid Mobile App for parents and their children to stay motivated throughout the potty training process. The app includes interactive games, tips and advice, and special features to help parents establish a routine.

2013

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas announces Thomas J. Falk, chairman and CEO of Kimberly-Clark, as chairman for the organization’s 2013 campaign.

2013

GoodNites Bed Mats and Poise feminine wellness products are honored as 2013 Product of the Year, the world’s largest consumer-voted award.

2013

Kimberly-Clark again ranks in Ethisphere magazine’s list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2013.

2013

Kimberly-Clark ranks No. 18 in the 100 Best Corporate Citizens, the company’s fifth straight year in the top 20.

2013

Scott Naturals brand surpasses $100 million in annual retail sales becoming the category leader and the fastest growing brand in environmentally-conscious bath tissue and paper towels.

2013

Kimberly-Clark Professional launches RightCycle — the first large-scale recycling effort for nontraditional cleanroom waste, including garments, gloves, hoods, boot covers and hairnets. The recycled items are turned into raw materials and used to create useful, eco-friendly consumer products.

2013

Kimberly-Clark wins the Practice Greenhealth 2013 Champion for Change Award recognizing the company’s ongoing commitment to sustainability accomplishments.

2013

Kimberly-Clark Health Care acquires the anesthesia business of Life-Tech, Inc., which is comprised of needles, catheters and accessories associated with peripheral nerve block procedures.

2013

The Kimberly-Clark Foundation awards $1.26 million in college scholarships to 63 children of employees in North America through the Kimberly-Clark Bright Futures Scholarship Program.

2013

Depend brand introduces Depend Guards and Shields products specifically designed for men with light bladder leakage.

2013

Kimberly-Clark Professional introduces Scott 24 Hour Sanitizing Spray, the only surface sanitizing spray that kills 99.9 percent of bacteria for 24 hours after multiple touches.

2013

Kimberly-Clark publishes its 10th annual Corporate Sustainability Report highlighting progress towards its multi-year Sustainability 2015 goals built around the pillars of People, Planet and Products.

2014

Kimberly-Clark spins off Kimberly-Clark Health Care as an independent company, Halyard Health.