Ecolab Named a Top Company for Executive Women by the National Association for Female Executives

Company celebrates equality progress with global International Women’s
Day events

March 04, 2020
Logo for NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women

Ecolab Inc., the global leader in water, food safety and infection prevention technologies and services, has been recognized as a Top Company for Executive Women by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE).

The NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women list ranks leading U.S. companies with best practices that move women to senior ranks, including mentoring, involvement in employee resource groups and leadership development training. 
In addition to focusing on its workplaces, women now comprise 38% of Ecolab’s board of directors, outpacing the average percentage of women serving in board of director roles at the companies named to the 2020 NAFE Top Companies list, which stands at 34%.  

The NAFE Top Companies list also highlights company benefits and corporate cultures of accountability for gender-equity results, including pay equity. A third-party review of compensation in the U.S. confirmed that Ecolab pays associates fairly regardless of gender or race. The company is conducting this comprehensive review every two years, with the next compensation review occurring in 2020. 

The 2020 NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women list will be featured in the April/May issue of Working Mother.

Celebrating Ecolab’s commitments and progress on International Women’s Day

This week, thousands of Ecolab associates around the world will participate in events to mark International Women’s Day, celebrate the achievements of women and support the company’s commitment to gender equality. 

“International Women’s Day is a great time to reflect on Ecolab’s progress in promoting a more gender-equal world,” said Beth Simermeyer, executive vice president and president, Healthcare and Life Sciences, and current executive sponsor of E3, Ecolab’s employee resource group (ERG) committed to the advancement of women leaders. “It’s also a day to think about the progress Ecolab will continue to lead in the years ahead.” 

To help celebrate, the E3 ERG is sharing a video featuring perspectives from Ecolab associates around the world, centering on the #EachforEqual theme of this year’s International Women’s Day. 

About NAFE
The National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), founded in 1972, serves members with networking, tools, and solutions to strengthen and grow their careers and businesses. Working Mother magazine publishes the annual NAFE Top Companies list. provides up-to-date information, a community for women in business, and access to member benefits. NAFE is a division of Working Mother Media, owned by Bonnier Corporation.

About International Women’s Day
Started in 1911, International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women, and a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Ecolab strives to make it a meaningful day for associates, helping to build a foundation for increased, sustainable engagement, empowerment and recognition of women throughout the business. 

About Ecolab
A trusted partner at nearly three million commercial customer locations, Ecolab (ECL) is the global leader in water, hygiene and infection prevention technologies and services. With annual sales of $15 billion and 50,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions, data-driven insights and personalized service to advance food safety, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use, and improve operational efficiencies and sustainability for customers in the food, healthcare, hospitality, industrial and energy markets in more than 170 countries around the world. 

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