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at a Glance

customer locations

  

Nearly
3 million
customer locations

history

 

95-year history
of innovation

patents

  

More than
9,400 patents

associates

49,000 associates
including 27,000 sales and service associates and 1,600 RD&E scientists, engineers and technical specialists

donations

Nearly 
$17 million donated
through Ecolab Foundation, corporate giving and volunteer hours in 2018

 

Partnering to help solve global challenges

At Ecolab, this is what we do best. Our 49,000 associates deliver comprehensive solutions, data-driven insights and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use, and improve operational efficiencies at nearly three million customer locations in more than 170 countries.

WE ARE EVERYWHERE IT MATTERS

From restaurants and hotels to power and manufacturing facilities, Ecolab’s more than 27,000 sales-and-service associates, the industry’s largest and best-trained direct sales-and-service force, help customers solve their cleaning, sanitizing and water and energy management challenges. Many of the world’s most recognizable brands rely on Ecolab to help ensure operational efficiencies, product integrity and brand reputation. See the Industries We Serve.

PERSONALIZED SERVICE

Ecolab’s ultimate competitive advantage is found in our industry-leading sales-and-service force. Every customer challenge is unique, which is why our 27,000 field associates partner with customers in their facilities, providing personalized consultation and service. Our experts employ a rigorous process to gather data, apply advanced technology, rethink processes and provide solutions to address our customers’ unique economic, social and environmental challenges.

Behind every field representative is a team of researchers, scientists, engineers, regulatory specialists and other experts working diligently to tackle customer challenges, develop new solutions and meet emerging needs. See Our Solutions.

INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS

Ecolab has a long history of innovation. Our strategy is based on chemistry, digital technology and service to deliver exponential customer value. Our team of 1,600 scientists, engineers and technical specialists create best-in-class solutions that are responsibly sourced and developed with close attention to human and environmental impact. With our expertise in core technologies, including antimicrobials, dispensing and monitoring, personal and environmental hygiene, polymers, surfactants, solid chemistry, water management and data analytics, we help improve operational efficiency, product quality and safety for our customers. Read more about our Expertise & Innovation.

Our Purpose & Vision

We are united by our purpose to make the world cleaner, safer and healthier – helping businesses succeed while protecting people and vital resources. Our vision is to be the global leader in water, hygiene and antimicrobial technologies and services - providing and protecting what is vital: clean water, safe food and healthy environments.

When our customers succeed, we succeed.

 

 

Ecolab is Everywhere It Matters. Because what we do – and how we do it – matters everywhere.

Customer Success Stories

Learn how Ecolab partners with our global customers to deliver comprehensive solutions, data-driven insights and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use, and improve operational efficiencies.
2018 Corporate Sustainability Report Colgate-Palmolive toothpaste facility image
Colgate-Palmolive: Saving Water, Driving Productivity

Colgate-Palmolve teamed up with Ecolab to improve the efficiency and sustainability of its cleaning and sanitizing process at the Mission Hills plant in Guanajuato, Mexico.

2018 Corporate Sustainability Report ADM Archer Daniels Midland facility image
ADM: Helping save 2.3 billion gallons of water

To significantly reduce operational costs while achieving its sustainability goals, ADM implemented Ecolab technology and automation at their global locations.

2018 Corporate Sustainability Report SAP data center customer image
SAP: Optimizing Safe Water at Data Centers

SAP worked with Ecolab to adopt a holistic approach to treating water that minimizes the risk of Legionella bacteria.

Our Impact

In 2018, we helped our customers:

Clean Water
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 work to help our customers save 300 billion gallons of water annually by 2030

 

Our Vision for Clean Water
Safe Food
Safe Food

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

Safely produce 44% of the global milk supply

 

Support clean kitchens, serving 45 billion restaurant meals

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

 

Our Vision for Safe Food
Abundant Energy
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

 

Our Vision for Abundant Energy
Healthy Environments
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 healthcare facilities reduce the risk of HAIs for as many as 10,000 people annually

 

Our Vision for Healthy Environments

Our Water and Energy Brands

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Nalco Water

Nalco Water, an Ecolab company, provides innovative solutions for water treatment and management, process improvements and pollutant control – optimizing product quality and operating costs for our customers while reducing their impact on the environment.

Employee in the field
Nalco Champion

Nalco Champion, an Ecolab company, provides on-site services and technology-driven solutions to the natural gas, petroleum and petrochemical industries – delivering recovery, production and process enhancements that help our customers optimize oil and gas production around the globe.