Our Company

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    Our Purpose & Values

    Every day, we make the world cleaner, safer and healthier – protecting people and vital resources. And our work is guided by a shared set of values that define who we are – and how we make a difference. 

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    Our Vision

    Our vision is to be the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services, providing and protecting what is vital.

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    Our Difference

    We earn customers for life through on-site services and innovative technologies, personally delivered. We bring unlimited resourcefulness to the challenge of limited resources – and deliver positive economic, social and environmental outcomes.

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    Our Principles

    Our principles guide how we conduct business every day. We work hard to manage our global operations with care for the health, safety and prosperity of our employees, customers, communities and the environment.  All of us on the Ecolab team, no matter what our role, are committed to these principles. Through auditable systems and open communications, we work to continuously improve outcomes and build a bright future for generations to come.

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    Culture and Inclusion

    We believe that the success of our employees and the success of our company go hand-in-hand. We are committed to a culture that fully leverages our employees' talents by promoting an environment where all people can make a difference, be heard, be supported, be developed, and be rewarded for their contributions.

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    Company History

    The idea for a product hotels could use to clean carpets in their guest rooms – instead of sending them out –  had come to M.J. Osborn as a young traveling salesman. Then, at age 44, having lost his previous business and with two sons approaching college, he set about to develop the carpet cleaner. Thus began the story of Ecolab.

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    Community Involvement

    Ecolab is committed to delivering innovative, sustainable solutions that help our customers achieve cleaner, safer and healthier surroundings in the most cost-effective manner. We're just as passionate about finding innovative ways to serve the communities that surround us.

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    Our Expertise and Innovation

    We have hundreds of scientists researching food safety problems and water and energy solutions. Studying the viruses and bacteria that can make people sick – and how to destroy them. Investigating how a new technology can impact – and be impacted by – the efficient use of natural resources.

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