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Corporate Sustainability 2019 report

Our 2030 Impact Goals

Our world continues to grow – both in complexity and opportunity. We’re committed to creating value and supporting an optimistic, flourishing future. That’s why, at the outset of a new decade, we’re embarking on our 2030 Impact Goals, a new generation of sustainability goals for 2030. With expanded, ambitious goals to achieve with customers and in our own operations, we’re working to make a positive impact, together. 

In the World

Ecolab technologies and services help drive business exponential return on investment (eROI) for our customers, while helping protect people and vital resources. Our 2030 Impact Goals showcase our global team’s dedication to helping our customers thrive and make a positive impact in the world. By 2030, we aim to:

2019 Corporate Sustainability Report
Water

Save customers 300 billion gallons [1.1 billion m³] of water each year, equivalent to the needs of 1 billion people

2019 Corporate Sustainability Report
Food

Help customers provide high-quality and safe food to 1.8 billion people for an entire year, preventing 11 million foodborne illnesses

2019 Corporate Sustainability Report
Climate

Help customers become carbon neutral by reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 4.5 million metric tonnes, preventing 7.3 million pollution-related illnesses

2019 Corporate Sustainability Report
Health

Help clean 50 billion hands and provide safe medical care for 116 million people each year, reducing more than 1.7 million infections

In Our Operations

Alongside the impact we make with our customers, we make a difference through our own operations. In addition to bold environmental goals, we’re also introducing a new set of goals focused on an inclusive, diverse, just and safe community for our associates, aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our 2030 goals are focused on:

Achieving a Positive Water Impact

Global water challenges are the new normal. Our world will experience a 40% freshwater deficit by 2030 if nothing changes. That’s why Ecolab aims to achieve a positive water impact. We plan to:

  • Restore greater than 50% of water withdrawal and achieve Alliance for Water Stewardship Standard certification in high-risk watersheds

  • Meet a positive water impact goal of 40% per unit of production across our enterprise
Tackling Carbon Emissions

Joining the fight against climate change is no longer optional. Science-based targets provide companies with a clearly defined pathway to future-proof growth. Ecolab will halve carbon emissions by 2030 and achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, and will achieve 100% renewable electricity by 2030.

  • Scope 1: Direct greenhouse gas emissions from sources owned or controlled by Ecolab

  • Scope 2: Indirect greenhouse gas emissions from sources owned or controlled by Ecolab

  • Scope 3: Greenhouse gas emissions from sources not owned or directly controlled by Ecolab, but related to our activities

Supporting a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce

We know that a sustainable future goes beyond environmental goals. Recent events have reinforced for us the need to drive faster, deeper progress inside Ecolab and within society. We believe that a diverse, inclusive and purpose-driven team is critical to the success of our individual associates, our company, our customers and our communities. These goals are an initial step to drive significant change to advance racial and social justice within our organisation. We will focus on:

  • Committing to the UN Sustainable Development Goal 5: Gender Equality for Women and Girls
  • Maintaining Ecolab’s pay equity in the U.S. and expanding globally
  • Increasing management level gender diversity to 35% with the ultimate goal of gender parity
  • Increasing management level ethnic/racial diversity to 25% as we seek to meet full representation of the U.S. workforce at all levels
Prioritizing Safety Everywhere We Work Through Goal Zero
Our safety goal is always zero incidents. But Goal Zero is more than a number. We place great value on training and education, both at our own facilities and at customer locations. We assess risk before we start work, identify and address safety issues, and remedy hazardous situations — at any Ecolab location and wherever we operate. By 2030, we aim to: Train and educate 100% of our associates to work safely 100% of the time.