Community Involvement

Partnerships to Improve Our Communities

Ecolab supports programs and initiatives that protect people and nature in the communities in which we live and work, aligning with Ecolab's Environmental Justice position. Through corporate giving and grants from the Ecolab Foundation, product donations and employee volunteerism, Ecolab is advancing its goals to support vital ecosystems and enable communities around the world to thrive.

Ecolab Foundation Giving

The Ecolab Foundation has contributed more than $131 million to nonprofit organizations since its inception in 1980.

2020 Impact

$23 million
to local communities

$5 million of this total was granted
to organizations that provided COVID-19 relief, supported basic needs and job training 

74% of grants aligned to our ESG goals
with focused support for organizations advancing social equity

Impact areas include:

  • Youth and Education
  • Civic and Community Development
  • Arts and Culture
  • Environment and Conservation
How to Apply for a Grant

To qualify for a community grant from the Ecolab Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization must fall within one of our four strategic areas and deliver services in the St. Paul, MN area where our corporate office is located, or in one of Ecolab U.S. regional communities where we have larger operations.

Note: There are no programs open at this time.

  • St. Paul, MN Area grant applicants should receive grant result notification in Feb/Mar 2022 via email.  The application process for 2023 funding opens Dec. 1, 2022 (some restrictions may apply).
  • Other U.S. Locations grant application will open May 2022.
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Product Donations

As the world’s leading supplier of cleaning and sanitizing products and solutions, Ecolab donates cleaning, health and sanitizing products in response to natural disasters and other needs, including the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2020, Ecolab donated $11 million in products, equaling 4.5 million pounds to worldwide relief efforts. 

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Solutions for Life

Funded through the Ecolab Foundation, Solutions for Life enhances our mission to conserve water and improve hygiene around the world through collaborations with NGOs, global philanthropy and employee volunteerism. Through Solutions for Life, Ecolab has supported the work of several global nonprofit partners, including The Nature Conservancy, and the Project WET Foundation.



Ecolab continues to support The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to help secure and restore water sources around the globe. Most recently, Ecolab supported TNC’s Our Water campaign, which ended in December 2020. Ecolab Executive Chairman of the Board Doug Baker co-chaired the campaign, which helped TNC raise $22 million in private funds and $103 million in public funds. A 2015 gift from the Ecolab Foundation helped launch this campaign and a project to protect the Headwaters of the Mississippi River.

The gift has helped:

  • Protect more than 50,000 acres in this watershed
  • Restore thousands of acres in tributary rivers that flow into the Mississippi River
  • Provide general operating support to TNC in Minnesota for conservation and restoration of watersheds, forests and prairies

See an example of how we partnered with the Nature Conservancy at our Garyville, Louisiana facility.  

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In 2020, Ecolab announced its partnership with to enable access to sustainable drinking water and improved sanitation for 100,000 people living in poverty in India, while contributing more than 26 million gallons of water per year to watershed health in extremely high-stress river basins.

Our partnership with is an example of how we are taking action to help build community and economic resilience and equitable access to freshwater. These efforts are in alignment with our commitment to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6, which calls for access to water and sanitation for all by 2030, as part of our 2030 Impact Goals.

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Through our partnership with the Project WET Foundation (Water Education Today), children from around the globe can learn about water conservation and hygiene through The Clean and Conserve Education Program.

  • Since its launch in 2014, this free curriculum (available in six languages) has reached more than 8 million individuals in 98 countries.
  • In addition, Ecolab sponsors Project WET’s, an interactive website that hosts activities (available in English, Spanish and Mandarin) about the role of water in our lives.
    • The website had more than 250,000 unique users in 2020

In 2021, Ecolab helped fund a landmark water conservation project with the Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) and the state of Arizona, one of the largest multi-sector collaborative drought response efforts ever achieved. Facilitated by Business for Water Stewardship, a program of the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, funding support helps secure 150,000 acre-feet of conservation (nearly 49 billion gallons of water) to help shore up Lake Mead through the CRIT system conservation project.

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