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 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.