We are passionate about service and support for where we live and work and for those in need, always seeking to enhance the well-being of people and communities.
In-Kind Contributions and Volunteerism
By donating products, equipment, time and expertise, we assist those in need in many ways.
Ecolab annually donates needed cleaning, health and sanitizing products to organizations in areas where natural disasters have occurred, benefitting thousands. In 2012, $1.6 million worth of Ecolab product donations went to world-wide relief efforts (including over $0.5 million for Superstorm Sandy relief).
Ecolab employees and retirees volunteered more than 25,500 hours of their time in 2012. In addition, our Science Education Leadership Team volunteers increased science, technology, engineering and math awareness for more than 2,000 students.
Nalco employees provided in-classroom demonstrations to more than 6,700 Chicago-area third grade students to inspire them to pursue math and science through “Science is Fun.” Others volunteered for the World Water Corps, the volunteer arm of Water For People, an international, nonprofit organization increasing access to water and sanitation in developing countries.
Ecolab employees pledged more than $1 million through the annual Community Giving Campaign to support local United Ways, Global Impact, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association.
In 2012, the Ecolab Foundation contributed nearly $7 million to community partners across the United States focused on youth and education, civic and community development, arts and culture, environment and conservation and industry contributions, to nonprofit programming that supports many of the industries we serve.
More details on our community support and involvement is available in our 2011 Sustainability Report and on our Community Involvement page.
Ethical Purchasing, Diverse Suppliers
Our Ethical and Environmental Sourcing Standards represent a global supply chain initiative to require our direct suppliers to protect the health, safety and human rights of their associates. Suppliers must meet standards regarding forced labor, child labor, health and safety in the workplace, fair pay, harassment in the workplace, diversity and ethics, and environmental policies. We require that our suppliers identify and act swiftly to eliminate any unacceptable conditions or practices in their facilities. We will not do business with suppliers who do not support the fundamental principles of human dignity and rights of workers to fair and equitable treatment.
Information about our Supplier Diversity standards and programs and our implementation of the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 can be found here.