Kimberly-Clark Scholarships Help Small & Women-owned Businesses Fight COVID-19

March 10, 2021

Last year, in collaboration with ISSA and the Global Biorisk Advisory Council™ (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, Kimberly-Clark Professional donated US$500,000 to fund specialized scholarships for the GBAC Fundamentals Online Course: Cleaning & Disinfection Principles to provide critical training to small and women-owned businesses around the world.

To date, the initiative has provided 6,131 scholarships in 84 countries, and helped 3,900 organizations prepare their workers with GBAC-led training that helps them provide their employees and customers with a welcoming and hygienic workplace. In addition, the program set a goal to award 50% of scholarships to women, a target that the program is close to achieving.

“In our industry, we know better than most the hard work and dedication it takes to be a cleaning professional, especially during this crisis,” said Susan Gambardella, Kimberly-Clark Professional North America president. “We wanted to empower our heroes working tirelessly behind the scenes as they help critical businesses run safely.”

Kimberly-Clark Professional’s ongoing scholarship program will continue to provide GBAC certification to small organizations that meet program criteria. Scholarships are still available for cleaning professionals. To apply for a scholarship or to get more information, visit:

“We are proud to partner with the team at Kimberly-Clark Professional,” said John Barrett, ISSA Executive Director. “Early on in the pandemic, they realized the importance of such a program to empower cleaning professionals across the globe with fundamental knowledge of cleaning, disinfection, and infection prevention. While their work might be done behind the scenes, these workers’ commitment and focus have made a tremendous impact by providing healthy and safe work environments for all workers.”

Find out more on how the Kimberly-Clark scholarship program has helped one small business here.

About Kimberly-Clark Professional
Kimberly-Clark Professional offers an array of hand hygiene and contamination-control products. Located in Roswell, Georgia, Kimberly-Clark Professional is one of Kimberly-Clark Corp.’s four business sectors. For more information, visit