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Ecolab Receives 2016 SOAR Award from the Women’s Foodservice Forum
Award recognizes company initiatives to attract, retain and advance women in leadership roles

March 14, 2016

Ecolab was awarded the prestigious 2016 Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF) Jackie B. Trujillo SOAR Award, which recognizes companies for their programs and initiatives to attract, retain and promote women to the highest levels of the organization. Ecolab Chairman and CEO Douglas M. Baker, Jr., accepted the award on behalf of the company during a March 13 event in conjunction with the 2016 WFF Annual Leadership Development Conference in Dallas.

“A strong and diverse team is critical to the long-term success of any company,” said Baker. “We are honored to be recognized for the programs we provide for women to develop and advance within Ecolab. We understand the importance of these initiatives and will continue to pursue new opportunities for women to rise to leadership positions within our company.”

Ecolab offers several training and mentoring programs specifically for women. Employee resource groups provide opportunities for employees who are connected by gender or ethnicity to network, share information and learn from each other. E3, the company’s women’s resource group, is committed to empowering women, engaging employees and energizing Ecolab. E3 sponsors one-to-one mentoring programs, peer circles and a leadership development exchange program.

The company also offers benefits and programs that support work-life balance, including flexible hours and the ability to telecommute or work from home.  In 2016, Ecolab is expanding on-site childcare to a second company facility.

The Jackie B. Trujillo SOAR Award is presented to recognize an outstanding organization that is a proven Standard-Setter for Opportunity, Advancement and Recognition for women within their organization. The SOAR award honors companies with corporate initiatives that result in documented success in attracting, developing, retaining and promoting women to the highest levels of the organization.

The Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF) is the industry’s premier leadership development organization with more than 25 years of experience advancing women in the foodservice industry. WFF serves thousands of individuals and hundreds of employers in all segments of the industry including operations, manufacturing, distribution, publishing, consulting and more. Through highly effective and educational events such as the Annual Leadership Development Conference, Executive Summit, leadership development programs and rich networking opportunities, WFF provides the competence and strategic connections needed to make a positive difference in the careers of women in the foodservice industry.  For more information, visit www.womensfoodserviceforum.com.

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