April 2010
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K-C One of World's Best Corporate Citizens, EPA Energy Star Partner of the Year

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Kimberly-Clark Corp., Dallas, Texas, USA, was recently recognized as one of the "Best Corporate Citizens" by Corporate Responsibility Magazine, Edison, N.J., for the second consecutive year. K-C, which ranked ninth in the 2009 listing, improved its score with a ranking of five, making it the top-rated non-food consumer products company on the magazine's 2010 list.

K-C increased its score in nearly every category of the report, ranking eleventh in environment, eighteenth in human rights, and tied for first in corporate governance. The magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list ranks companies in the Russell 1,000 Index based on publicly available information in seven key categories: Environment, Climate Change, Human Rights, Philanthropy, Employee Relations, Finance, and Governance.

Kimberly-Clark has also been recognized for the second time by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a 2010 Energy Star Partner of the Year, based on the company's leadership in energy management. In addition to its thorough tracking process of energy usage at its facilities, the company influences its supply chain to address imbedded energy costs in their operations. K-C continues to invest in energy improvement projects including combined heat and power systems, landfill gas, and biomass to power manufacturing sites and offices. The company also continued to launch energy and other sustainability awareness campaigns to further engage its employees worldwide. As part of its environmental vision 2010 program, K-C estimates that it has improved its worldwide energy efficiency by 4.4% since 2005.

The company's energy efficiency initiative continues to generate ongoing cost savings while further driving K-C's long-term sustainability strategy. In addition, the company has led the personal product category of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI) for the fifth year in a row. Only the top 10% of the world's largest 2,500 companies qualifies for this list, which is based on an evaluation of the economic, environmental, and social performance of these companies.



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