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        at a Glance

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        3 million
        customer locations



        95-year history
        of innovation



        More than
        9,400 patents


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


        $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.


        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.


        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.


        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-Palmolive 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

        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, Downstream, DS
        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.