U.S. Recognizes Kimberly-Clark for Public Outreach
In her first visit to the Kimberly-Clark plant in Sitio del Niño, La Libertad on September 17, Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte spoke with executives and employees of the company, as well as with students at the nearby Juan Ernesto de Bedout School, to thank them for their efforts to improve El Salvador’s environment and educational system.
Kimberly Clark El Salvador has been recognized as the top multinational corporation in the Great Places to Work Institute’s 2012 list of “Best Companies to Work for in Central American and Caribbean.” The company has also partnered with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in the Adopt-a-School program since 2010, investing $500,000 over three years for new infrastructure in the local community of San Juan Opico. USAID has provided matching funds of $500,000 for teacher training and classroom equipment over the same period.
Beginning in 2012, Kimberly Clark and USAID have also directed a portion of these funds to support the first technical industrial high school in Sitio del Niño, located at the Juan Ernesto de Bedout School. During her visit, Ambassador Aponte joined Acting USAID/El Salvador Director Bill Elderbaum and the General Manager of Kimberly Clark/ El Salvador, David Cahen, to lay the first stone for the construction of new high school laboratories.