Kimberly-Clark Corporation has repeated its ranking among the "World's Most Ethical Companies" for the third straight year in 2014, according to The Ethisphere Institute, the independent center of research that promotes best practices in corporate ethics and governance.
"Building a culture of integrity is a continuing journey, measured by our actions every day. We always strive to reach that goal and continue to improve," says Tom Falk, chairman and CEO of Kimberly-Clark. "This recognition from Ethisphere acknowledges the priority we place on accountability. I'm proud of our K-C teams around the world, and know they will continue to work hard to live up to the expectations of this award in the years ahead."
Kimberly-Clark received multiple distinctions for its sustainability and citizenship practices over the past year, including:
• Sector leader for assessing and minimizing deforestation risks in the global supply chain, according to CDP Global Forests Report 2013;
• Named to the first "Natural Capital Leaders Index" of global companies that have successfully reported growing revenues in recent years while reducing environmental impacts;
• Winner of U.S. EPA SmartWay Environmental Excellence Award for energy efficiency in transportation;
• Named to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index and the new UN Global Compact 100, tracking financial performance of sustainability leaders; and
• No. 18 among "100 Best Corporate Citizens 2013" by Corporate Responsibility Magazine, the Company's fifth straight year in the top 20.
The World's Most Ethical Company assessment is based on scores generated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program (25%); reputation, leadership and innovation (20%); governance (10%); corporate citizenship and responsibility (25%); and culture of ethics (20%).