Kimberly-Clark holds itself up as an exemplary corporate citizen, a company doing its utmost to protect the environment and benefit communities. But Cut and Run reveals that the company’s policies and practices have caused severe environmental damage and social conflict in Canada’s Boreal Forest.
Based on government documents, independent audits, satellite mapping, and public records, this case study looks at the past, present, and future of the Kenogami Forest, a 2,000,000 hectare (4,940,000 acre) expanse in northern Ontario. Kenogami is a forest that Kimberly-Clark directly managed for decades, and a forest that remains one of its primary sources of tree pulp today.
Years of excessive clearcut logging, bad planning, failed regeneration, weak compliance with regulations, and lack of meaningful consultation with First Nations and workers have taken a serious toll on the Kenogami Forest.