Kimberly-Clark Ranks 14th in the United States on Reputation Institute's Annual Reputation Pulse Study

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    Kimberly-Clark Ranks among the Top 10 in the U.S. in Citizenship

    DALLAS, April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE:   KMB)
today announced that it ranks 14th overall in Reputation Institute's
Reputation Pulse 2009 study of the most reputable companies in the U.S. The
company, which appears on the list for the first time in 2009, ranked among
the top 10 U.S. companies in the area of citizenship.

    Reputation Institute's Global Reputation Pulse is an annual online survey
of the general public measuring the corporate reputations of more than 600 of
the world's largest companies in 32 countries. For the U.S. survey, Reputation
Institute included the nation's 150 largest companies and polled U.S.
residents only.

    "We've worked hard over the years to build a solid reputation in every
country where we do business," said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tom
Falk.  "Millions of people around the world trust our well-known brands.  I'm
proud of our company's reputation, especially being cited as a top 10 company
in the area of citizenship.  I'm even prouder of the people at Kimberly-Clark
who make recognition like this possible."

    To calculate the Global Pulse rankings, Reputation Institute gauged U.S.
consumers' level of trust, esteem, admiration, and good feeling about a
particular organization. Research by Reputation Institute since 1999 indicates
that reputation is built on seven pillars from which a company can create a
strategic platform for communicating with its stakeholders on the most
relevant key performance indicators. These principal dimensions include:
Products/Services, Innovation, Workplace, Citizenship, Governance, Leadership,
and Performance.

    "A strong reputation is critical to have in both good times and in bad,"
said Kasper Nielsen, Managing Partner, Reputation Institute. "Organizations
such as Kimberly-Clark that understand the importance of creating a solid
connection with key stakeholders through a broad reputation management
platform will fare well in today's economy as well as in whatever situation
the future has in store."

    The Reputation Pulse 2009 ranking follows Kimberly-Clark's number nine
ranking in CRO's 2009 Best Corporate Citizens listing earlier this year.

    About Kimberly-Clark
    Kimberly-Clark and its well known global brands are an indispensable part
of life for people in more than 150 countries. Every day, 1.3 billion people -
nearly a quarter of the world's population - trust K-C brands and the
solutions they provide to enhance their health, hygiene and well-being. With
brands such as Kleenex, Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex and Depend,
Kimberly-Clark holds the No.1 or No. 2 share position in more than 80
countries. To keep up with the latest K-C news and to learn more about the
company's 137-year history of innovation, visit

    About the Global Reputation Pulse 2009 Study
    The Global Reputation Pulse 2009 was conducted online in late January and
February 2009 by the Reputation Institute. A Pulse score is a measure of
corporate reputation calculated by averaging perceptions of four indicators -
trust, esteem, admiration, and good feeling - obtained from a representative
sample of at least 100 local respondents who were familiar with the company.
Scores range from a low of 0 to a high of 100, Pulse scores that differ by
more than +/-0.5 are significantly different at the 95% confidence level. The
U.S. mean for all companies included in the study was 64.2. A report on the
2009 Global Reputation Pulse findings can be downloaded at


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For further information: Media, Lance Latham, +1-972-281-1487,, or Investors, Mike Masseth, +1-972-281-1478,, both of Kimberly-Clark  Web Site:       

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