ERLANGER, Ky. – DAV (Disabled American Veterans) has named Kimberly-Clark Corp., the producer of trusted brands including Huggies, Kleenex and Cottonelle, its Large Employer of the Year. The company will be formally recognized Aug. 6 during the 2023 DAV and Auxiliary National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Kimberly-Clark was selected for DAV’s national-level honor over numerous other businesses with more than 1,000 employees. The company has a robust and active employee resource group for veterans and their supporters called Service Alliance Uniting Together (SALUTE). With more than 825 members across the United States, SALUTE aims to improve the lives of veterans, strengthen veteran hiring and retention efforts, honor military service, provide benefits education and create opportunities for community service. Kimberly-Clark has also gone above and beyond to create military leave policies that support service members.

“For more than 150 years, Kimberly-Clark has been dedicated to improving people’s lives through innovation and service—two things veterans know well,” said DAV National Commander Joe Parsetich. “DAV is excited to see such a large, ambitious company commit to our nation’s veterans through meaningful employment and supportive initiatives. We hope their example and this award inspires other major companies to follow suit.”

Founded in 1872, Kimberly-Clark employs more than 45,000 people worldwide and sells products in more than 175 countries. With more than $20 billion in sales in 2022, the company regularly ranks among Fortune magazine’s Top 500 companies by revenue. In 2019, Kimberly-Clark’s SALUTE sites raised more than $63,000 in support of veterans causes.

“We are honored to be named as a DAV Large Employer of the Year,” said LaQuenta Jacobs, vice president of Global Inclusion, Equity and Diversity. “At Kimberly-Clark, our commitment to the value of diversity and the unique skills that our veterans bring to the workplace make us a better company. Teamwork and integrity are core elements of our culture, and both are attributes I’ve observed in military veterans throughout my career.”


About DAV
DAV empowers veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. It is dedicated to a single purpose: keeping our promise to America’s veterans. DAV does this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them, fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill, providing employment resources to veterans and their families, and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life. DAV, a nonprofit organization with more than 1 million members, was founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932.