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Kimberly-Clark Professional PURSUING ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY ON A GLOBAL SCALE SPECIAL FEATURE 166 REDUCE TODAY, RESPECT TOMORROW Takes a bigger-picture approach to Environmental Responsibility Kimberly-Clark Professional recently announced that it is accelerating its efforts to meet increasingly urgent environmental challenges with a new approach branded Reduce Today, Respect Tomorrow. One of four global business sectors within Kimberly- Clark Corporation, Kimberly-Clark Professional is one of the largest manufacturers of washroom products in the world, serving commercial and institutional facilities such as office buildings, hotels, schools, healthcare facilities, manufacturing plants, and other public buildings. Kimberly-Clark Professional is aligned with its parent company’s commitment to sustainability at all levels of its business. And while the sustainability agenda is not new to the company (Kimberly-Clark has topped the Personal Products category of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the past five years in a row), Kimberly-Clark Professional’s approach reaffirms the organisation’s commitment to environmental stewardship as a daily part of its business practices. “Our ongoing efforts to achieve outstanding environmental performance are not just our responsibility as corporate citizens, they are vital to our success as a business,” said Jan Spencer, President, Global Kimberly-Clark Professional. “These efforts are also guided by global, company-wide objectives for improving operational performance in energy, water, waste, and environmental management systems.” Kimberly-Clark Professional’s philosophy is driven by a deep understanding that to tackle environmental problems, it must look at the entire life cycle of its products – from raw materials sourcing to manufacture through customer use all the way to end of life disposal. And by working to apply the principles of source reduction, or waste prevention, at each of these stages in the product’s life, their environmental impact can be reduced. Products created with source reduction in mind are designed in such a way that users actually consume less, either through improved performance, more reliable dispensing methods, or both. Reduced consumption leads to less waste and other environmental benefits throughout the life cycle of the product. One way this is currently achieved is through use of a patented tissue manufacturing technology that can reduce the total wood fibre needed to make tissue by up to 17 per cent while improving product performance. This can lead to a reduction in total consumption of certain KLEENEX and SCOTT towels by up to 28 per cent. Redesigning packaging to fit more product into each case and more cases into each truck also prevents waste and reduces transport emissions. Of course, Kimberly-Clark understands that the environmental impact of its products begins well before they are used by a customer. So, another area where they have had long-standing environmental commitments has been in product manufacturing. The company’s global Vision 2010 environmental objectives program commits it to achieve reductions in water use, waste generation and energy use. The company has emphasised energy use reduction since before the first Vision program, which was launched in the mid-1990s. Given today’s global concerns related to increasing global CO 2 emissions and the fact that energy costs continue to rise, Kimberly-Clark’s longstanding focus on energy reduction has proven both economically and environmentally beneficial. And today, they are as focused as ever. The Vision program allows the company to progress by defining energy use benchmarks specific to manufacturing technologies and customised by facility. This standardised approach identifies the best facility performers and challenges other manufacturing sites to achieve at least the same level of performance. It also requires a robust data management system to collect detailed energy information from plants all over the world so that progress can be measured and gaps managed appropriately. With energy reduction as the driver, Kimberly-Clark’s global carbon dioxide emissions have also been reduced: since 2005, energy use has been reduced by six per cent and CO 2 emissions per unit of production by seven per cent. These are just a few examples of how Kimberly-Clark is putting the Reduce Today, Respect Tomorrow principles to work. “We know that sustainability is a journey we’re on, not a destination we’ve reached. We’ve spoken to customers, environmentalists and consumers, and we know they are looking to us, as the market leader, to front lasting change. The Reduce Today, Respect Tomorrow campaign is part of our effort to do just that”, said Lisa Morden, Global Sustainability Leader for Kimberly-Clark Professional. For more information about Kimberly-Clark Professional, its products and its sustainability program, visit Organisation Kimberly-Clark Professional is an indispensable business partner, delivering leading-edge health, hygiene and productivity solutions that provide tangible value every day, everywhere. Known for innovative, quality solutions for away-from-home washrooms, “clean” and “industrial” manufacturing environments, and DIY settings, the global brands of Kimberly-Clark Professional include Kleenex, Scott, Kimcare, WypAll, KleenGuard, and Kimtech. With the acquisition of Jackson Safety, Kimberly-Clark Professional offers an even broader range of PPE and other safety offerings, including market-leading welding and work zone safety products. Kimberly-Clark Professional, located in Roswell, Ga., is one of Kimberly-Clark Corporation’s four business segments and can be visited on the web at Enquiries For more information about Kimberly-Clark Professional, its products and its sustainability programme, visit VISIT: WWW.CLIMATEACTIONPROGRAMME.ORG

ECOSYSTEM SERVICES © FSC/Erik Goethals Integrity of forest climate projects: HOW FOREST CERTIFICATION CAN SUPPORT SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) as a globally leading and recognised forest certification scheme has a unique role to play in addressing some of the challenges around forest carbon through the provision of management standards, certification and accreditation systems, and governance models. Only rigorous standards, tight controls, traceable products and good governance will ultimately ensure forest climate projects and programmes that encapsulate social equity and environmental sustainability. FORESTS ON THE INTERNATIONAL AGENDA Thanks to their critical role in regulating the Earth’s climate and in their function as the largest terrestrial reservoir of carbon, forests again feature highly on the international agenda. Nearly two decades after the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio, hopes are high that later this year in Copenhagen negotiators will agree upon a new climate treaty that could constitute the turning point for tropical forests in developing countries, allowing the survival of one of the world’s greatest treasures, and thus closing one of the darkest chapters in mankind’s long history of forest destruction and exploitation. A similar excitement surrounded the 1992 ‘Earth Summit’ that had a major focus on forests, not least due to their interdependencies with climate change and biodiversity. While the latter two agenda items made it into conventions, the forest issue, as one of the politically Andre GiAcini de FreitAs, ExEcutivE DirEctor, anD steFAn sAlvAdor, Policy ManagEr, ForEst stEwarDshiP council (Fsc) most sensitive and contentious issues polarising the industrialised and developing countries, remained unsolved. The first opportunity to address international forest policy and related actions on the highest political level had been foregone. LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS While tedious negotiations about a legally binding forest convention continued after Rio, civil society and forest product markets no longer relied upon the intergovernmental process, but took their own route in the attempt to reach international agreement about a framework to promote, define and implement sustainable forest management. Scientists and advanced practitioners developed and tested models for responsible forest management in forest types around the world, and had proven their feasibility and viability. Boycotts of tropical timber had shown to be ineffective if not counterproductive in addressing deforestation and forest degradation, calling for alternative market instruments. The time was ripe – in this atmosphere of increasing discrepancy between governmental inactivity, scientific knowledge, and societal demand for resource protection and responsible production, the FSC formed in 1993. THE FOREST STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL FSC is a concerted effort of industry and nongovernmental organisations to foster sustainable FORESTRY 167 VISIT: WWW.CLIMATEACTIONPROGRAMME.ORG