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Workforce Development

We believe the success of our employees and the success of our company go hand-in-hand. We are committed to a culture that fully leverages our employees' talents by promoting an environment where all people can make a difference, be heard, be supported, be developed and be rewarded for their contributions. We value the energy, ideas and ultimate success that diversity brings to our industry, our company and the global community we serve.

Fostering a Strong and Inclusive Workforce

Ecolab takes our responsibility to our employees and our communities. We believe in compensating our employees fairly and in compliance with local laws. We promote the well-being of our employees, our customers and our customers’ customers by contributing to programmes and initiatives that enhance the quality of life in the communities where they work and live.


Labour Relations

We recognize employees’ right to form or join unions and encourage them to make an informed decision on the matter. Where employees have chosen to be represented by a labour union, we fulfill our bargaining obligations as defined by law. Only a small percentage of our employees are currently covered under trade unions or collective bargaining agreements.

Ecolab adheres to all immigration standards and complies with all statutory requirements in the locations where we operate.  We respect the rights of all people and hold our suppliers to the same high standard of social responsibility. Ecolab does not have any operations at risk for forced, compulsory or child labour.

Anti-Discrimination Policy

Ecolab complies with applicable labour and employment law and does not discriminate. Our recruitment, hiring, compensation, promotion, transferring, training, corrective action and termination practices are based exclusively on an individual’s qualifications and ability to perform the job. Only criteria which are relevant to the job are considered. Specifically, in order to maintain a work environment that is free from discrimination, all employment-related decisions must be made without regard to:

  • Gender
  • Race
  • Ethnic origin
  • Nationality
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity
  • Religion
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Marital status
  • Veteran status
  • Other personal characteristics or conditions protected by national, state or local law

Respect for others is fundamental to Ecolab’s culture. Disrespect can disrupt the productivity of our employees and threaten Ecolab’s success. To help ensure an environment of mutual respect, Ecolab does not tolerate any form of harassment or other intimidating behavior, including physical, emotional or verbal abuse. We prohibit any form of harassment, whether by an employee, a temporary employee or an external vendor, in which:

  • Submission to the harassment or abusive conduct is an explicit or implicit term or condition of employment;
  • Submission to, or rejection of, the harassment or abusive conduct is used as the basis for an employment decision; or
  • The harassment or abusive conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.

Violating this policy subjects an employee to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.

Diversity & Inclusion

Ecolab has a proactive set of programmes in place to ensure that we provide equal employment opportunities and encourage diversity and inclusion throughout our operations. Ecolab supports ten employee networks to foster employee development and connections, including the following networks:

  • ACE (Asian Community at Ecolab): fosters active engagement among Asian-affiliated employees, the company, our customers and the community
  • BRIDGES: provides advocacy and leadership to encourage mutual support and high-performing teams across generations
  • CONNECT: brings together young professionals across business units and functions through networking and career development events, community service projects and educational seminars
  • E3 National Chapter: Employee resource group that works to empower, engage and energize female employees through formal and informal mentoring programmes, focused development activities and community outreach
  • EcoEssence: dedicated to the recruitment, development and retention of African and African-American employees
  • EcoMondo: supports Ecolab’s growth through the integration and development of global talent and the support and promotion of cultural diversity and global talent mobility
  • HACER: provides advocacy and leadership to encourage the development of Hispanic Latino associates within Ecolab, our business partners and communities
  • MERGE: works to provide awareness, support, and leadership within Ecolab for veterans, those currently serving, those impacted by military service and supporters
  • PLAN: works to ensure that members have the tools, skills and relationship they need to build successful careers and to gain recognition as experts in their Administrative and/or Operational support role
  • PRIDE: offers support and visibility within and beyond Ecolab for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people, or allies of the LGBTQ+ community

Related Links

Careers at Ecolab
Global Human Rights Policy