Ecolab to Receive World Environment Center’s 2018 Gold Medal Award for Corporate Sustainability

January 16, 2018

On January 10, the World Environment Center (WEC) announced that Ecolab will receive its 34th annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development.  The WEC selected Ecolab to receive the award for its initiatives to promote global water conservation, its sustainability commitments and partnerships, and its integration of sustainability within innovation processes.

In summarizing the decision to recognize Ecolab, Gold Medal Jury Chair Katherine Sierra of The Brookings Institution stated, “On behalf of the independent jury members, I extend my sincere congratulations to Ecolab for its thoughtful approach to sustainability and social impact. Ecolab demonstrates its strong commitment to sustainability across its organization, to its customers through innovative products, technologies and solutions.”

“We’re honored by this recognition and proud of the work we do to help our customers grow their businesses and achieve their sustainability goals,” said Ecolab Chairman and CEO Douglas M. Baker, Jr., who will accept the Gold Medal Award during a ceremony on Thursday, May 17, in Washington, D.C. “Our global team is dedicated to delivering our purpose:  to make the world cleaner, safer and healthier, protecting people and vital resources.”

The World Environment Center’s Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development was established in 1985 to recognize significant industry initiatives in global environmental excellence and sustainable development. Recent recipients of the WEC Gold Medal Award are: HP Inc. (2017), CH2M (2016), SC Johnson (2015), Unilever (2013), IBM (2012), Nestlé (2011), Walmart (2010), The Coca-Cola Company (2009), and Marks & Spencer (2008).

About the World Environment Center

The World Environment Center, headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices and operations in emerging and developed markets, is unique in its direct application of sustainable development strategies and practices to the business operations of global companies. WEC creates sustainable business solutions through individual projects in emerging markets; convenes leadership roundtables to shape strategic thinking across a range of sustainability topics with a specific focus on the preparation of business leaders to implement sustainability; and honors industry excellence through its annual Gold Medal Award. An independent non-profit organization, WEC conducts no advocacy activities. For more information, please visit

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