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Ethics and Compliance

Ethics and Compliance

Ethics & Compliance

Since 1872, Kimberly-Clark has embraced the same core values of authenticity, accountability, caring, and innovation. These values reflect an understanding of our ability to make a positive contribution to the people we serve around the globe – our purpose of Better Care for a Better World. We work to live those values and deliver our purpose by operating with integrity and high ethical standards – We Care, We Own, We Act.

Kimberly-Clark’s Ethics and Compliance program builds on our 150-year-old reputation for strong values and high ethical standards of honesty, integrity, and courageously doing the right thing. The program provides the framework and tools that help enable our leaders and our employees to do the right thing, every day. We are committed to implementing leading practices and strive to consistently improve, and in recognition of that in 2023 Kimberly-Clark was named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies® by Ethisphere for the fifth consecutive year.

We define our expectations for ethical behavior in our Code of Conduct. It helps guide our employees to make the right decisions for Kimberly-Clark, our customers, and our consumers by fostering a culture of integrity. The Code of Conduct is a resource for our employees, business partners, and others who contribute to our success, and we expect each of these groups to hold themselves to the same high standards to which we hold ourselves.

Our Code of Conduct provides the framework for consistent, ethical behavior and compliance with applicable laws, while our corporate policies more specifically govern our business operations and practices globally. Both the Code and applicable corporate policies guide our employees in key operational areas such as data privacy, dealing with suppliers and other third parties, delivering quality products, competing fairly, and preventing corruption. Fair dealing is central to our culture, and we believe that honesty and trustworthiness build long-lasting relationships with our consumers, customers, suppliers, and business partners. Operating with integrity and high ethical standards is the Kimberly-Clark way of doing business.

We regularly require all employees to take Code of Conduct training, and new employees are trained on the Code as a standard part of new employee onboarding. Our Code training includes a requirement for each employee to read and understand the Code and agree to comply with it. This broad employee training regimen is supplemented by more targeted training programs based on factors such as role, location, and business activity, as well as leader-led communications regarding operating with integrity and always doing the right thing.

Part of living our core values is speaking up, asking questions, and raising concerns when we need guidance. Speaking up is not always easy – it often takes courage. Our willingness to speak up is critical to our commitment to operating with integrity around the world. That’s why we have a compliance HelpLine as a mechanism for employees to speak up, ask questions, and seek answers, with the option to remain anonymous if they choose [and as permitted under local law?]. Under our processes, issues raised through the HelpLine are to undergo a thorough review process, with outcomes tracked to resolution and metrics regularly reviewed [by ___?] to inform ongoing risk assessments.

We believe that no business result is worth compromising our commitment to integrity, and we are dedicated to sustaining our legacy of living our core values and providing Better Care for a Better World.


Published June 2024