Sustainability or environmental protection design

Ecolab Inc. has been named a Global Compact LEAD participant for its ongoing commitment to the United Nations (UN) Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative with more than 12,000 participating companies in 160 countries. Ecolab is one of only 37 companies to receive this recognition.

“For almost a century, the Ecolab team has worked to deliver on the promise of more sustainable operations for ourselves and our customers,” says Ecolab President and CEO Christophe Beck. “We are proud of our partnership with the UN Global Compact and its role in advancing sustainable and responsible principles. We look forward to shared progress toward a healthier future, as we continue to address global water and climate challenges.”

To be eligible for LEAD, a company must:

1. Be a participant of the UN Global Compact and have committed to its Ten Principles

2. Participate in at least two UN Global Compact Action Platforms to demonstrate its engagement with the UN Global Compact and commitment to defining and fostering leadership practices in line with the Ten Principles and Sustainable Development Goals

3. Submit or commit to submitting an Advanced Communication on Progress — an annual sustainability report detailing progress on implementing the Ten Principles

Ecolab has demonstrated its commitment to the UN Global Compact this year by participating in the UN Business Ambition for 1.5 C, the Water Resilience Coalition, and submitting an Advanced Communication on Progress. 

Each UN Global Compact Action Platform convenes business, Global Compact Local Networks, leading experts, civil society, governments and UN partners to solve complex and interconnected issues and innovate around the Sustainable Development Goals.

“LEAD companies represent the highest level of engagement with the UN Global Compact,” says Sanda Ojiambo, CEO and executive director of the UN Global Compact. “More than ever before, the world needs businesses of all sizes — like the ones announced as LEAD today — that continuously work to improve their sustainability performance and take action to build a better world.”

In other Ecolab news, the company announced a partnership with Sodexo to combat hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). Read more on that here