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Corporate Sustainability 2019 report

Sustainability Goals And Performance

From our plants to our partnerships, we strive to do all we can to enhance our sustainability performance and results. This includes ambitious goals for reducing water and energy use.

Our 2020 Goals

As we set our sights on 2030 and the next phase of our sustainability journey, we continue to make progress toward our 2020 sustainability goals, which were set in 2015. In addition to creating value and exponential results for our customers, we strive to achieve a positive environmental impact while enhancing productivity in our own facilities around the world.

We re on track to meet our positive water impact goal of 25%.

Our positive water intensity impact goal is centered around reducing demand in our operations and increasing water supply in the watersheds in which we operate.

We are on track to exceed our goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10%.

Our greenhouse gas emissions goal is focused on reducing scope 1 and 2 emissions in our operationally controlled facilities and fleet.

UN SDG
Our Commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

We are dedicated to supporting partnerships and programs that fulfill the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. While we support several goals, our efforts are primarily devoted to Goal 6 — to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all — where we believe we can have the greatest impact.

Our technologies help customers save billions of gallons of water each year. Our Water Risk Monetizer, a publicly available tool, helps businesses determine the true value of water so they can make the business case for water stewardship. Our Smart Water Navigator tool, which is also free and publicly available, helps customers assess where they are on a four-stage water maturity curve, so they can adopt smart and sustainable water management practices at the facility level.

Our partnerships are aligned with these goals. We have close relationships with a range of NGOs, other organizations and programs that support water stewardship and access to safe, clean water, including the Alliance for Water Stewardship, Project WET, the CEO Water Mandate, The Nature Conservancy and the Minnesota Headwaters Fund.

Ecolab sponsored the China Urban Water Blueprint, a report from The Nature Conservancy that analyzes the state of water resources in China’s 30 largest and fastest growing cities and offers science-based recommendations for natural solutions. Ecolab’s funding also supported The Nature Conservancy’s efforts to protect key lands and waters in Minnesota, Shanghai, and Monterrey, Mexico.

Our Approach to Product Stewardship

We recognize the need to better understand the impacts of our products and to document and clearly communicate these impacts to key stakeholders. Through a range of programs and initiatives, we continuously work to identify opportunities for improvement.