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How Kimberly-Clark Uses Aqueduct

Water is critical to Kimberly-Clark’s business and the lifeblood of their tissue manufacturing business. Aqueduct enabled Kimberly-Clark to start looking at site level water risk and prioritize which facilities needed the most help. They collaborated with World Resources Institute in 2013 to identify “hot spots” around the world that coincided with where they had operating facilities. They sent out a mill-specific questionnaire and analyzed them based on criteria like regulatory compliance, seasonal variability, flooding and droughts. The analyses was combined to create a unique water scarcity index, from which Kimberly-Clark was able to ascertain that 12 of our 44 tissue manufacturing mills were located in high water stress regions. From there, they began implementing water management plans in those locations. Kimberly Clark expanded their scope to the watershed surrounding the mills, engaging with local stakeholders to collectively identify the risks and work together on water stewardship programs. Aqueduct has helped Kimberly-Clark hone in on their facilities located in the highest risk regions and thereby achieve meaningful impact where it matters most.

Kimberly-Clark is a member of the Aqueduct Alliance, a coalition of organizations that provide essential support to Aqueduct maintenance, improvement, and development.