Founded in: 1872
What they do: For nearly 150 years, Kimberly-Clark has transformed ideas into trusted household products. The company’s global brands include Kleenex, Huggies, Kotex, Depend, Viva, Scott and Cottonelle. Its products are available in more than 175 countries, and nearly one-quarter of the world’s population purchase its products every day.
Over the years, the company has pioneered many innovative products, including the first paper towels, facial tissue, sanitary napkins and industrial wipes. It was the first company to print newsprint from cotton rags, and the first to put toilet paper on a roll. Its Kimberly-Clark Professional business works to create effective and efficient product solutions help safeguard businesses by keeping people healthy while they work, protecting employees and their environments, and enabling businesses to operate more efficiently. It is also a leader in the industrial and scientific wiping segments, and manufactures a wide range of safety products to protect employees, their environments and valuable work processes.
How they’re growing: In 2015, Kimberly-Clark had more than $18.6 billion in global sales, with 43,000 employees working at manufacturing facilities in 37 countries. The company has received numerous awards for its sustainability practices, corporate social responsibility, community involvement, and its support for employee wellness and equality in the workplace, and contributed more than $35 million in cash and products to charitable causes in 2014.