Left to Right: Ryan Kane, Sustainabbility & CSR Advisor; Rovery Rietbroek, Vice President & Managing Director;
Juan Carlos Aguero, Product Supply Director; Scott Whicker, Millicent Mill Manager; Julia Schembri, Communications Advisor.
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Spokesperson for Kimberly-Clark Australia said, “We’re very proud to announce that at last night’s 25th Banksia Sustainability Awards, Oct 9, Kimberly-Clark Australia was recognised for being an Australian leader in sustainability, winning the prestigious Banksia award for Leading in Sustainability for large Organisations.
In a statement from Communications Advisor Julia Schembri today she said: Kimberly Clark Australia has transformed its substantial manufacturing and consumer goods business with leading brands into an Australian market leader in sustainability.
Kimberly Clark Australia has transformed its substantial manufacturing and consumer goods business with leading brands into an Australian market leader in sustainability.
The company’s Kleenex®, Kleenex® Cottonelle® and Viva® brands are now part of a partnership with environmental NGO WWF due to Kimberly-Clark’s commitment to using Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood products in its tissue based products.
In 2011 Kimberly-Clark Australia and New Zealand rolled out a comprehensive and ambitious sustainability strategy entitled ‘Our Essential World’. The key elements were focussed around its three pillars of sustainability – people, planet and products.
Graz van Egmond, Chief Executive Officer Banksia Foundation said “Kimberly-Clark set about using the power of its brands to help educate Australians about key sustainability issues. At the same time, challenging itself to significantly reduce its carbon emissions, reduce waste to landfill, being active community contributors and showing leadership around post-consumer waste and ethical sourcing.”
“Based on the significant results achieved and their plan for the future, the judges found Kimberly-Clark to be an industry leader, holistically covering the key elements of sustainability – people, planet and profit,” she said.
On accepting the award, Robbert Rietbroek, Vice President and Managing Director for Kimberly-Clark Australia and New Zealand said, ‘We are incredibly proud of the progress we’ve made towards our 2015 Our Essential World Sustainability strategy goals. In particular, the work we’re doing with FSC and WWF and our waste and energy reduction efforts, including the installation of a $30 million cogeneration facility at our tissue mill in South Australia.”
“I would like to congratulate the Kimberly-Clark employees who have truly brought our strategy to life, in particular, our manufacturing facilities for continuously improving our processes to reduce our waste to landfill and carbon emissions, and our Sustainability Team – Jacquie Fegent-McGeachie and Ryan Kane – for their work implementing and driving a tailored strategy for Australia and New Zealand.”
The Banksia award for Leading in Sustainability for large Organisations award recognises businesses and organisations with over 200 employees demonstrating leadership through fully integrating sustainable principles and practices into operational activities, reducing the organizations footprint and influencing and educating suppliers and customers.