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Ecolab Named One of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for Seventh Consecutive Year



  Ecolab Named One of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for Seventh
  Consecutive Year

   Ethisphere recognizes Ecolab for ethical business practices and industry
                                  leadership

Business Wire

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- March 6, 2013

For the seventh consecutive year, Ecolab Inc. (ECL) has been named one of the
world’s most ethical companies by the Ethisphere Institute. Since 2007, the
Ethisphere Institute has awarded the annual designation to companies
throughout the world that demonstrate the highest ethical standards.

“Every day Ecolab’s 41,000 associates strive to make the world cleaner, safer
and healthier,” said Douglas M. Baker, Jr., Ecolab chairman and chief
executive officer. “This purpose guides us  to manage our global operations
with integrity and care for the health, safety and prosperity of our
associates, customers, communities and the environment.”

The Ethisphere Institute is a leading international organization dedicated to
the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics,
governance, anti-corruption and sustainability. Ethisphere reviewed a record
number of nominations from companies representing 36 industries and more than
100 countries.

“We are seeing more companies like Ecolab be proactive and create new
initiatives that expand ethics programs and cultures across entire industry
activities,” said Alex Brigham, executive director, Ethisphere. “We are
excited to see the 2013 World's Most Ethical Companies take these leadership
positions, and embrace the correlation between ethical behavior and improved
financial performance.”

The methodology for the ranking includes reviewing codes of ethics, litigation
and regulatory infraction histories; evaluating the investment in innovation
and sustainable business practices; looking at activities designed to improve
corporate citizenship; and studying nominations from senior executives,
industry peers, suppliers and customers. For more information, visit
www.ethisphere.com/wme.

About Ecolab

A trusted partner at more than one million customer locations, Ecolab (ECL) is
the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that
protect people and vital resources. With 2012 sales of $12 billion and 41,000
associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions and on-site service to
ensure safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use
and improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, healthcare,
energy, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around
the world. For more Ecolab news and information, visit www.ecolab.com.

Follow us on Twitter @ecolab or Facebook at facebook.com/ecolab.

(ECL-C)

Contact:

Ecolab Inc.
Roman Blahoski, 651-293-4385
MediaRelations@Ecolab.com
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