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Advancing Water Stewardship

Water is essential to our operations, products and services. The sustainable management of water resources is fundamental to our business. It is also fundamental to helping us create a positive future for people, planet and business health.

Ecolab helps businesses around the world achieve ambitious sustainability goals by reducing freshwater use in critical processes. We also work tirelessly to minimise our own water footprint.

We believe in the importance of water in protecting the environment, human health and economic development in our local communities. Through partnerships and stewardship, we aim to identify and support opportunities for our company and customers to use water resources in ways that are socially and culturally equitable, economically beneficial and environmentally sustainable.

Water Stewardship at Ecolab

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Supporting Smart Water Management Journeys

Ecolab’s Smart Water Navigator helps organizations execute localized corporate water strategies to increase business and community resilience.

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Smart Water Solutions for Resilient Operations

With unique expertise in water quality and management programmes and solutions, we’re driven to help customers advance efficient operations and responsible growth.

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Our Water Goals

Water is a key part of our 2030 Positive Impact, which focuses on the net benefits that our company can bring to communities and the world by the end of the decade.

Working Together to Protect our World’s Water Resources

Ecolab believes in the power of partnerships to address global water challenges. That’s why we are a founding member and co-chair of the Water Resilience Coalition (WRC), an industry-led initiative of the UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate.

In 2023, the WRC launched the WRC Investment Portfolio and unveiled the WaterEquity Global Access Fund IV. Five WRC member companies, including Ecolab, came together to invest alongside the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation and bring the impact investment fund total to $150 million.


Driving a Net-Positive Water Approach in Our Own Facilities

Our vision of a water-resilient future relies on tangible action. For Ecolab, that means continuing to drive corporate water management with our customers, while also identifying opportunities to implement water stewardship projects in our own operations.

Our vision of a water-resilient future relies on tangible action. For Ecolab, that means continuing to drive corporate water management with our customers, while also identifying opportunities to implement water stewardship projects in our own operations.

Ecolab has prioritized water stewardship projects at our sites with the aim of improving the overall health of the local watersheds. Our projects will use a three-pathway strategy to achieve a net-positive water impact by:

  1. Delivering outcomes through the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standard
  2. Increasing water-use efficiency, reuse and recycling via Ecolab solutions and digital technologies
  3. Protecting local watersheds
Learn More About Our 2030 Positive Impact

Our Three-Pathway Strategy:

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1. Delivering outcomes through the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) standard.

Ecolab is a founding member of the AWS. The AWS standard empowers sites with a five-step framework to address site-related water challenges and manage risk. Sites are required to reach out to stakeholders to discuss shared water challenges, forming relationships with the communities in which they operate.

As part of our efforts to reach Net Positive Water Impact, we achieved AWS certifications at Ecolab manufacturing facilities in China, Mexico, Brazil and the United States.

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2. Increasing water-use efficiency, reuse and recycling on-site using Ecolab solutions and digital technologies.

Managing 1 trillion gallons of water annually, Ecolab’s team of experts is skilled in helping customers identify and implement water reduction, reuse and recycling solutions that support watersheds in the locations where we operate.

Through Ecolab solutions such as Ecolab Water for Climate, Water Flow Intelligence, 3D TRASAR™ and digital tools like the Smart Water Navigator, we support smart water management practices to reduce demand and improve water quality while optimizing costs at the facility and organizational level.

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3. Protecting the local watershed.

We work with partners to understand the shared water challenges in their local basin and address them with nature-based solutions.

Watersheds face a variety of risks, including water scarcity and water quality, accelerating impacts of climate change and loss of local species.

As a founding member of the Water Resilience Coalition (WRC), we work collectively to achieve Net Positive Water Impact through public-private partnerships, policy, technology and a roadmap to reach the WRC’s goals for 100 priority basins by 2030. Through the work of the WRC, we know that 150 companies can directly impact approximately one-third of the world’s water use, which means that industry has a unique responsibility and opportunity to address the global water crisis.

Our water stewardship plans outline the actions we will take within our plants, as well as the communities in which we operate.

Water Stewardship Project Highlights

The following case studies showcase our Ecolab plants that have received AWS certification:

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Our Commitments and Partnerships

Our commitments and partnerships with leading nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) strengthen our understanding and ability to impact global challenges facing our business, customers and communities. Our key engagements include:

Our partnerships with leading nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) strengthen our understanding and ability to impact global challenges facing our business, customers and communities. Our key partnerships include: