Applied Materials: Applied Materials Honored as a 2014 World's Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute

 Applied Materials: Applied Materials Honored as a 2014 World's Most Ethical
                     Company by the Ethisphere Institute

Third consecutive year recognized for ethical business practices

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 20, 2014 - Applied Materials, Inc. today announced
that it was named a 2014 World's Most Ethical Company^® by the Ethisphere
Institute, an independent center of research promoting best practices in
corporate ethics and governance.

"Ethical business practices are foundational to Applied Materials' success,"
said Tom Larkins, senior vice president, general counsel and corporate
secretary at Applied Materials. "We recognize that ethics are a shared
responsibility and would like to thank our employees for their continued

This is the third consecutive year Applied Materials has received the annual
award, which recognizes organizations that continue to demonstrate ethical
leadership and corporate behavior.

"The entire community of World's Most Ethical Companies believe that
customers, employees, investors and regulators place a high premium on trust
and that ethics and good governance are key in earning it," said Ethisphere's
Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Erblich.

Now in its eighth year, the World's Most Ethical Company List is derived from
the Ethics Quotient(TM) framework developed by the Ethisphere Institute, which
provides a means to assess an organization's performance in an objective,
consistent and standardized way. The information collected provides a
comprehensive sampling of definitive criteria of core competencies, rather
than all aspects of corporate governance, risk, sustainability, compliance and
ethics. The Ethics Quotientframework and methodology was determined, vetted
and refined by the expert advice and insights gleaned from Ethisphere's
network of thought leaders and from the World's Most Ethical Company
Methodology Advisory Panel. Scores are generated in five key categories:
ethics and compliance program (25%), reputation, leadership and innovation
(20%), governance (10%), corporate citizenship and responsibility (25%) and
culture of ethics (20%).

This year, Ethisphere's 2014 World's Most Ethical Company list featured more
than 144 companies spanning41 industries, 22 countries and 5 continents. To
view the complete list, visit

For additional information on Applied Materials' ethical business conduct,

About Applied Materials
Applied Materials, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMAT) is the global leader in providing
innovative equipment, services and software to enable the manufacture of
advanced semiconductor, flat panel display and solar photovoltaic products.
Our technologies help make innovations like smartphones, flat screen TVs and
solar panels more affordable and accessible to consumers and businesses around
the world. Learn more at

About the Ethisphere Institute
The Ethisphere® Institute is an independent center of research, best practices
and thought leadership that promotes best practices in corporate ethics and
governance and enables organizations to improve compliance, mitigate risk, and
enhance relationships with employees, business partners, investors and the
broad regulatory community. Ethisphere evaluates and benchmarks compliance and
governance programs, honors superior achievement through its World's Most
Ethical Companies® recognition program and publishes Ethisphere Magazine.
Ethisphere is also the leading provider of independent verification of
corporate ethics and compliance programs that include: Ethics Inside®
Certification, Compliance Leader Verification(TM) and Anti-Corruption Program
Verification(TM). More information about Ethisphere can be found at:

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For Applied Materials
Kevin Winston (editorial/media) 408.235.4498
Michael Sullivan (financial community) 408.986.7977

For Ethisphere
Clea Nabozny 408.397.2658


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Source: Applied Materials via Globenewswire
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