In addition to health and safety measures designed to protect employees, the company will make product and cash donations of more than $8 million to help those most vulnerable
As global demand for the company's products has increased, the company has taken action to accelerate its manufacturing of essential products and reallocate inventory to help provide consumers with greater access to our products.
Some of the enhanced safety measures, developed in line with guidance from global health authorities, include encouraging employees to stay home when they feel unwell, regular cleaning of work areas, shift rotations, distancing reminders where people gather, implementing temperature scans at entry points, and where applicable, enhancing paid leave policies.
"The health and safety of our people is our top priority, and we are especially mindful of safety at our manufacturing facilities during this time of heightened demand," said
To help those most threatened by the virus, the
In addition, the Foundation will donate
"Through these donations, we can help support those working on the front lines of this global health crisis," said
To further support these efforts,
- Cottonelle® will donate one million rolls of Cottonelle as part of its #ShareASquare program and
$1 millionto the United Way Worldwide COVID-19 Responseand Recovery Fund;
- Cottonelle® and Kleenex® in
Canadahave committed $100,000to United Way Centraide Canada's COVID-19 Fund;
- Huggies® will donate five million diapers to the National Diaper Bank Network, and
$1 millionto United Way Worldwide COVID-19 Responseand Recovery Fund;
- Scott® Brand is donating
$500,000to Boys & Girls Clubs of Americato help 278 clubs stay open to provide emergency childcare to families of essential workers, serving up to 28,000 kids daily;
- Andrex® will donate 1 million toilet rolls to its charity partner,
In Kind Direct, as part of its #ShareASquare campaign, and will also incentivize consumers to share their acts of kindness and will donate £1, up to £100,000, for each use of the hashtag #ShareASquare;
- U by Kotex® announced it will donate an additional 1 million period products to the
Alliance for Period Suppliesto help women experiencing financial hardship obtain period supplies; Kimberly-ClarkProfessional™ will donate $500,000to ISSA, the leading trade association for the cleaning industry worldwide, to fund scholarships for approximately 10,000 contract cleaners to become certified in advanced microbial hygiene cleaning standards administered by the Global Biorisk Advisory Council(GBAC);
Latin America, the Huggies®, Scott® Duramax, Kotex®, Plenitud® and Intimus® are donating products to nearly 700,000 people through local NGOs including S.O.S Village Rio Bonitoand Amparo Maternal in Brazil, and through food banks in Argentina, Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Panamaand Puerto Rico. Kimberly-Clark Argentinaand Kotex® are partnering with the Red Crossto donate more than 500,000 products for hygiene kits for healthcare professionals, as well as those in the country's most vulnerable communities.
- Across EMEA, our brands are donating product to initiatives across the region, including 100,000 packages of Kotex® product to healthcare workers in
Turkeyas well as Huggies and Kotex products to the Ministry of Health in Nigeria;
Australia, our Kleenex® brand has partnered with Virgin Australia to help vulnerable Australians in need with access to essential products by matching the airline's donation of toilet rolls; and
- Depend® and Kotex® teams in
Chinaresponded to the needs of healthcare workers in Wuhanwith 900+ cases of Kotex feminine pants and 1,200 cases of Depend.
About the Kimberly-Clark Foundation
Established in 1952, the Kimberly-Clark Foundation is the charitable arm of Kimberly-Clark Corporation and is dedicated to supporting global causes that create lasting social change. supporting and strengthening families around the world. Together with funding from the corporation and employees, its primary focus is on social and community investments that increase access to sanitation, help women and children thrive, and empower women and girls.