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Forest Footprint

Protecting our forests is critical to our communities and our environment

Why We Care

By capturing CO2 from the atmosphere, forests lock away carbon in trees and soil biomass, providing a robust natural tool for mitigating the effects of climate change. Forests are also essential habitat, supporting threatened terrestrial biodiversity as well as Indigenous cultures and other communities that depend on forest products for their livelihoods. 

Shrinking Our Forest Footprint

Kimberly-Clark remains committed to addressing the challenges posed by forest degradation and loss. By taking action to embrace and promote sustainable forest management, we’re helping protect our most important resources and putting them to work for people, communities, and planet. More than a decade ago, we launched an industry-leading fiber procurement policy that sought to minimize our impact on the world's forests. Since then, we’ve focused our efforts around two complementary strategies:

  1. Increasing our use of environmentally preferred fibers (EPF), including recycled fibers, sustainable alternative non-wood fibers, and virgin wood fibers that meet the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) standard for responsibly managed forests.
  2. Reducing our use of natural forest fibers, which for Kimberly-Clark are primarily fibers from northern boreal and temperate forests.

Learn More About Our Forest Management Practices

Goals and Progress

We’ve made significant progress toward our goal of sourcecuring 90% of fibers for our tissue products from environmentally preferred fibersources. Though reducing our use of natural forest fibers has been more challenging, we continue to seek innovative materials and technological solutions to unlock further reductions.

Reduce Use of Natural Forest Fibers


Procure More Sustainable Fiber