Ecolab is just one company, but through our work, we help many companies around the world, both big and small, achieve their own sustain ability goals. Read on to find out how.
Ecolab does business in 170 countries around the world, working with customers at nearly 3 million locations. We’re helping customers work more efficiently and sustainably so our positive impact on the world is exponentially larger than one would expect from a company our size.
In Ecolab’s new sustainability report, “Catalyst for a Better World,” we illustrate the company’s customer sustainability impact in 2017. Here are some highlights:
What do these numbers look like in the real world? In the sustainability report, we illustrate that with several case studies, based on the work we did with iconic global brands.
Water covers more than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, but only 0.5 percent is available for human consumption. Two out of every five people in the world today are affected by water scarcity, and the world’s population is projected to grow from 7.4 billion to 9.7 billion by 2050. If we continue on the current track, the world will see a 40 percent gap between the demand and supply of freshwater by 2030.
That’s why Ecolab collaborates closely with several partners to build sound water stewardship in the places where we operate. Since its inception in 1986, the Ecolab Foundation has contributed more than $101 million to nonprofit organizations around the world, awarding $15 million in grants in 2017 alone. During that year, our employees volunteered more than 43,000 hours in their communities.
With partners such as The Nature Conservancy and the Project WET Foundation, Ecolab educates young people around the world on how to keep themselves and the planet healthy, and we work on major conservation efforts in communities in Mexico, China and our company’s home state of Minnesota.
The things we do for our customers to save water and energy, we also do at our own Ecolab facilities.
In chemistry, a catalyst is a substance that causes or accelerates a reaction. Ecolab plays that role as a business. Catalysts are added in small amounts and the same is true of us. We are one company, but we make many other companies more efficient and sustainable.
However, that doesn’t mean that our work goes unnoticed. In 2017, we received several awards for our leadership, innovation and commitment to operating responsibly and sustainably. Among other things, Ecolab is one of Fortune’s Most Admired Companies, one of Forbes’ Best Employers for Diversity and we snagged second place in Newsweek’s Green Rankings. Most recently, we were awarded the World Environmental Center’s prestigious Gold Medal for Sustainable Development.