Ecolab issues its latest sustainability report

16 July 2019


Ecolab, the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies, has released its 2018 corporate sustainability report – Accelerating Meaningful Change – which highlights its work with leading companies throughout the world to reduce environmental impact and drive cost savings. The 2018 publication is Ecolab’s 12th annual corporate sustainability report.

“Whether it’s saving water or reducing waste and greenhouse gas emissions, there’s a growing realisation that these priorities go hand-in-hand with business growth and profitability,” said Ecolab chairman and CEO Douglas M. Baker, Jr. “By the nature of our work, we help companies achieve their operational and sustainability goals.”

In 2018, Ecolab helped companies at nearly three million locations around the world:

  • Conserve more than 188 billion gallons of water, equivalent to the annual drinking needs of 650 million people. Ecolab is ahead of schedule toward reaching its 2030 goal of saving 300 billion gallons of water, equal to the needs of one billion people.
  • Save 19 trillion British thermal units (BTUs) of energy
  • Avoid 2.4 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions
  • Eliminate 54 million pounds of waste

Case studies in Ecolab’s 2018 corporate sustainability report includes minimising the risk of Legionella bacteria in the water systems of SAP, a leader in the software industry and in water safety management practices, and helping to avoid approximately $8 million in potential revenue loss per year.

Within its own operations, Ecolab is working to reduce water withdrawals by 25% and greenhouse gas emissions by 10% by 2020.

Ecolab supports the U.N.’s sustainable development goal six, promoting clean water and sanitation. By 2030, Ecolab aims to conserve 300 billion gallons of water per year by reducing consumption in its own operations and those of its customers. This would be equivalent to the annual drinking water needs of more than 1 billion people.

Ecolab's 2018 Corporate Sustainability Report was developed in alignment with the Global Reporting Initiative's (GRI) G4 core guidelines. The report summary and complete GRI Index can be found at


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