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Kimberly-Clark Receives 2021 SmartWay Excellence Award

Company wins ninth consecutive award for best environmental performance and freight supply chain efficiency from US EPA

Kimberly-Clark received the 2021 SmartWay® Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in recognition as an industry leader in freight supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency.

The award recognizes companies for a range of fuel-saving strategies in their transportation services that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make delivery of goods more sustainable. K-C was one of 12 companies to receive this distinction, representing the best environmental performers of SmartWay’s nearly 4,000 partners.

“We are proud to receive a ninth consecutive SmartWay Excellence Award, which recognizes our continued efforts to minimize the carbon footprint of our transportation network”, said Scott DeGroot, Vice President of Distribution and Planning at Kimberly-Clark. “We will continue to work with our suppliers to find innovative ways to increase operating efficiency, lower greenhouse gas emissions across our value chain, and provide better care for a better world with the smallest environmental footprint”.

Since joining the SmartWay program in 2006, Kimberly-Clark has ranked 12 times (the last nine consecutive) among the top 2% of all SmartWay shippers who meet or exceed the emissions and carrier selection standards that the EPA outlines for clean, efficient transportation. Since then, the company has reduced transportation-related CO2 emissions by 1.3 million metric tons, equivalent to taking about 266,620 cars off the road for one year.

In July 2020, Kimberly-Clark announced ambitious 2030 goals to reduce the carbon footprint of its operations and supply chain for its brands, which include Huggies®, Kleenex®, Cottonelle®, Scott®, Kotex® and Depend®. The new targets include a 50% reduction in absolute Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (direct and indirect) from its operations from a 2015 base year.

To learn more about Kimberly-Clark’s 2030 sustainability strategy, visit

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