In the World...

We’re helping our customers do more for people and the planet.

2019 Corporate Sustainability Report

Help customers save 300 billion gallons [1.1 billion m³] of water each year, equivalent to the annual drinking water needs of 1 billion people.

2019 Corporate Sustainability Report

Help customers provide enough high quality and safe food to feed 2 billion people for an entire year, preventing 11 million foodborne illnesses.

2019 Corporate Sustainability Report

Help clean 90 billion hands and provide safe medical care for 116 million people each year, preventing more than 1.7 million infections.

2019 Corporate Sustainability Report

Help customers become carbon neutral by reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 6 million metric tonnes, preventing 10 million pollution-related illnesses.

Measuring Our Impact

In Our Operations...

Alongside the impact we make with our customers, we know we can make a difference through our own operations

Achieving a Positive Water Impact

Global water challenges are increasing. According to World Resources Institute (WRI), our world will experience a 56% freshwater deficit by 2030 if nothing changes. That’s why Ecolab aims to achieve a positive water impact. By 2030, we plan to:

  • Restore greater than 50% of water withdrawal and achieve Alliance for Water Stewardship Standard (AWS) certification in high-risk watersheds in which we operate
  • Meet a positive water impact (combination of water efficiency and replenishment) goal of 40% per unit of production across our enterprise

To meet our commitments, Ecolab is:

Working with 16 sites to restore a 50% positive water impact in high-risk basins:

  • Developing a process improvement project to streamline AWS implementation at sites in high-risk watersheds over the next 10 years, which will include corporate guidance to drive site-level accountability, standardized tools and a detailed timeline

Working towards our 40% positive water impact goal across our portfolio by:

  • Developing site-level tools that will help our partners develop water management best practices and act as a leading indicator for quarterly reviews
  • Introducing our newest technologies and services to help manage water in our plants
  • Creating a horizontal process network to share expertise and best practices throughout our global supply chain
  • Establishing site-level annual goals to give sites attainable checkpoints
  • Collaborating with the Water Resilience Coalition, which we co-founded with the UN Global Compact CEO Water Mandate, to bring together multi-national corporations in an industry-led movement to combat the global water crisis through ambitious, quantifiable commitments and collective action

Learn more about water stewardship at Ecolab

Tackling Carbon Emissions

Joining the fight against climate change is no longer optional. Science-based targets provide companies with a clearly defined pathway to future-proof growth. Ecolab will halve carbon emissions by 2030 and achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, and will achieve 100% renewable electricity by 2030.

We will focus on:

  • Direct greenhouse gas emissions from sources owned or controlled by Ecolab (Scope 1)
  • Indirect greenhouse gas emissions from sources owned or controlled by Ecolab (Scope 2)
  • Greenhouse gas emissions from sources not owned or directly controlled by Ecolab, but related to our activities (Scope 3)

To help meet our commitments, Ecolab is: 

  • Expanding energy efficiency projects at Ecolab sites
  • Partnering with renewable energy producer Clearway Energy Group on our virtual power purchasing agreement (VPPA) to cover 100% of Ecolab’s annual electricity use in the United States and Canada
  • Moving to electrify our fleet of service vehicles with pilot programs beginning in 2021
  • Working with supply chain partners looking to adopt similarly ambitious climate goals by 2024

Supporting a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce

We believe that a diverse, inclusive and purpose-driven team is critical to the success of our individual associates, company, customers and communities. These goals are an intentional step to drive significant change to advance diversity, equity and inclusion within our organization as we seek to be as, or more, diverse as the markets in which we operate.

We will focus on:

  • Committing to the UN Sustainable Development Goal 5: Gender Equality for Women and Girls
  • Maintaining Ecolab’s pay equity in the U.S. and expanding globally
  • Increasing management level gender diversity to 35% with the ultimate goal of gender parity
  • Increasing management level ethnic/racial diversity to 25% as we seek to meet full representation of the U.S. workforce at all levels

To help meet our commitments, Ecolab took the following actions:

  • Increased number of women and Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) executives by 40% over the last five years.
  • Introduced inclusive benefits like U.S Paid Parental leave, adoption and fertility coverages, FlexWork programs and Caregiver Resources.
  • Worked with a third-party organization to complete U.S. Pay Equity audits in 2018 and 2020 that validated that Ecolab provides equitable and competitive pay across our organization.
  • Embedded Diversity, Equity and Inclusion content in all manager training. 
  • Set aggressive supplier diversity goals to double our diverse supplier spend by 2022.

Learn more about our approach to building diverse and inclusive teams

Prioritizing Safety Everywhere We Work Through Goal Zero

Our safety goal is always zero incidents. But Goal Zero is more than a number. We place great value on training and education, both at our own facilities and at customer locations. We assess risk before we start work, identify and address safety issues, and remedy hazardous situations — at any Ecolab location and wherever we operate.

By 2030, we aim to:

Train and educate 100% of our associates to work safely 100% of the time.