"Fundamental to our approach is an understanding that real and lasting change is accelerated when economic, environmental and social benefits align," said Douglas M. Baker, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer, Ecolab. "This has been true since our beginnings more than 90 years ago. Today, when the pressure on all natural resources is far greater, and the expectations for sustainable performance are much higher, our ability to help our customers do more with less is even more important."
While Ecolab's greatest impact on the world is through the sustainable solutions the company provides to more than one million customers, the report also details Ecolab's performance in line with its operating principles, which include economic progress, environmental stewardship, safety and community impact.
"Our 2013 Corporate Sustainability Report demonstrates our commitment to the long-term vitality of businesses and communities," said Emilio Tenuta, VP-corporate sustainability. "From the way we run our operations and the solutions we develop, to the services we deliver to customers and the work we do to advance responsible stewardship of natural resources, every day our 45,000 associates help make the world more sustainable."
In 2013, Ecolab helped customers globally and across broad sectors of the economy reduce, reuse, conserve and treat water. The company's innovative solutions touched more than seven trillion liters of water around the world. Ecolab, in partnership with the Alliance for Water Stewardship, also field tested the beta International Water Stewardship Standard at two sites within the lower Yangtze, one of China's most critical watersheds, to help advance global water management practices.
Ecolab has been recognized numerous times for its sustainability leadership. In 2013, the company was named to the FTSE4Good Index, CDP Global 500 Climate Performance Leadership Index (CPLI), 2013 CDP Global 500 Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) and CDP's inaugural Supplier Climate Performance Leadership Index (SCPLI). Ecolab also was named to The Civic 50 for its commitment to community and was named to Ethisphere Institute's list of the world's most ethical companies for the seventh consecutive year.
More info: Ecolab, www.Ecolab.com/Sustainability