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Together with our Customers

The world is at a crossroads. We see a?growing global sense of urgency about?challenges such as climate change, water?scarcity, food security and public health.?But we also have unprecedented means?at our disposal to meet these challenges.

Digital technology is delivering insights?
that were previously unavailable and driving?demand for smart, sustainable solutions.?As the will to do better grows, so does?Ecolab’s ability to accelerate positive change?for our customers. We help companies in a?wide range of industries deliver clean water,?safe food, abundant energy and healthy?environments, sustainably.

Now is the time to make a difference.?
Together, we drive the progress the?world needs.

Download our current Sustainability Report and learn more.

2018 Sustainability Report Sections

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Driving customer impact
Sustainability goals advance business gains
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impact Through Stewardship
Partnerships for positive change
2018 Corporate Sustainability Report Ecolab operations Nalco Water University
How we lead
Building on our progress everywhere, every day
Doug Baker
A Letter from our Chairman and CEO

"We all must work together to make the most of this opportunity. If we seize it now, we can build an economy that offers sustainable growth for all without creating additional harm to our planet."


Our Impact

In 2018, we helped our customers:

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Clean Water

Conserve?more than?188 billion?gallons of water

Manage 1.1 trillion gallons (4.2 trillion liters) of process and potable water

Conserve drinking?water for more than 650 million?people

And we are working to help our customers save 300 billion gallons of water annually by 2030


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Safe Food

Safely produce?44%?of the global?milk supply

Safely produce?more than?25%?
of the world’s?processed food

Support clean?kitchens, serving?45 billion restaurant meals

And we work to?help customers?prevent more than?1 million?foodborne illnesses?each year


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Abundant Energy

Conserve?more than?19 trillion?BTUs

Reduce the water and energy footprint of 40% of the world’s petroleum production

Generate?more than?20%?of
the world’s?power

And we aim to?reduce CO2e by?10%?in
our own?operations?by 2020


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Healthy Environments

Clean more than 40 billion hands

Delight guests with more than
800 million clean hotel rooms

Clean 6 million hospital?and long-term care patient rooms

And we work to help hospitals reduce the risk of HAIs for as many as 10,000 people



Measuring Our Impact

Through our patented eROISM approach,?we measure the economic, operational?and environmental impact of our?solutions for our customers.



Sustainable Development Goals
Supporting the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

Ecolab is committed to partnerships and programs that fulfill the?United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – in particular,?Goal 6, to ensure the availability and sustainable management of?water and sanitation for all.