In making the announcement, Foundation chairman R. Clifford Berg, Jr., CLU, ChFC, AEP, states: "We are heartened by the many examples of strong business ethics we have had the privilege of seeing through the ABEA program. And we hope that in honoring companies, such as Kimberly-Clark, that adhere to the highest ethical standards in their dealings with employees, customers and stakeholders, the ABEA provides a beacon that guides others to choose the high road in all their business practices."
Chairman and CEO Thomas Falk attributes Kimberly-Clark's success to a nearly 140-year culture of treating employees, customers, and others with fairness, honesty and integrity.
"We are honored to be recognized for our ethical business practices," Falk says. "Creating a culture where our employees are committed to driving business results ethically and doing the right thing for our communities and environment contributes directly to the success of our company."
Kimberly-Clark's ethical way of life is rooted in core values that require authenticity, accountability, innovation, and caring as the driving influence in all its business decisions, transactions and initiatives. Conducting business in accordance with these core values starts at the top and carries through to each of the 57,000 Kimberly-Clark employees whether those employees are based in the U.S., China, Australia, South Africa, Brazil or any other of the 36 corporate locations the company maintains worldwide.
Kimberly-Clark's robust Code of Conduct, which is available in 27 languages, focuses on the higher standard of doing the right thing, not just that which is legally required. To stress the importance of living by the Code, Kimberly-Clark requires formal training, team leader coaching, and publishes "Ethical Moments" - a series of articles which focus solely on the ethical dilemmas the company's employees may encounter in the workplace.