Who We Are
We are Ecolab, a $3 billion-plus company, proud to be the leading global developer and marketer of premium cleaning, sanitizing, pest elimination, maintenance and repair products and services for the world`s hospitality, institutional and industrial markets.
We were founded in 1923, at the dawn of an age in which the restaurant and lodging industries would flourish like never before. Over the years, we expanded our horizons to serve hospitals, food and beverage plants, laundries, schools, retail and commercial property, and beyond.
In the United States, we currently circle our customers with value-added cleaning, sanitation and service solutions through nine complementary business units: Institutional, Food & Beverage, Pest Elimination, Kay, Professional Products, GCS Service, Textile Care, Vehicle Care and Water Care Services. Each of these businesses is dedicated to providing our customers with the highest-quality, most highly effective products, systems and services.
Around the world, we operate directly in nearly 70 countries, employing approximately 20,000 associates. In addition, Ecolab reaches customers in more than 100 other countries through distributors, licensees and export operations. To meet the global demand for our products, we operate more than 50 state-of-the-art manufacturing and distribution facilities worldwide.
Ecolab`s core Institutional and Food & Beverage offerings are available in all markets. In addition, we are globally expanding the full array of services offered in the United States, as demand dictates. Many international offerings are essentially the same as their U.S. counterparts, though tailored as necessary to meet unique local and regional needs. See North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Africa for information about the Ecolab offerings available in each region.
A clearly defined strategy guides Ecolab`s daily actions. Called Circle the Customer - Circle the Globe, it means adding new products, equipment and services to solve a broadening array of customer challenges and doing so around the world. Executing this strategy translates directly into our ability to help customers achieve safer food, germ-free surfaces and clean, sanitary surroundings, and fulfills Ecolab`s mission to provide superior solutions for a cleaner world. See Ecolab`s Fact Book for more detailed information.
For nearly 80 years, Ecolab has paid close attention to customers` needs. Ecolab has a proud history of delivering exceptional results. In the process, a unique business culture has emerged that drives associates to perform their absolute best. For more information, see Celebrating 75 Years of History.
Our Culture and Mission
Anywhere you find Ecolab, you will find The Ecolab Culture. Our associates throughout the world all share this common culture, comprised of six universal values: Spirit, Pride, Determination, Commitment, Passion and Integrity. These are much more than words. Our culture is a tangible force, one that transcends geography and language, and permeates everything we do as a company.
These values inspire the way we serve our customers, who rely on Ecolab professionals as a true partner in their business success. We not only provide them with the absolute best products, technology and service, but we listen to them, respond quickly to their current needs, anticipate future needs, and earn their business every day.
Our culture also demands that we be responsible advocates of the communities in which we live and work, and of the natural environment we all share. The following corporate documents define Ecolab`s culture and mission:
Quest for Excellence
With a cohesive strategy, unique culture and common mission, Ecolab demonstrates that excellence, integrity and commitment can - and should - go along with success and growth.