2012 Ecolab Sustainability Report: Positive Impact. Personally Delivered.

Oct 1, 2013 9:30 AM ET

Long before “sustainability” was part of the corporate lexicon, we were developing solutions that increased efficiency and reduced environmental impacts. As early as the 1920s, we were designing sophisticated dispensers to reduce waste and deliver the optimal amount of chemistry. As our expertise deepened and our product lines expanded, our approach to innovation also evolved to consider the full impact of our offerings, from cradle to grave.

At Ecolab, we refer to this holistic view of the environmental, economic and social impact of a product — across its life cycle — as Total Impact.

Total Impact has driven our ability to help customers do more with less while realizing dramatic performance improvements and sustainability goals. But as the world evolves and the needs of people and the earth change, Total Impact is no longer enough. As a result, we are committed to expanding beyond increasing inside-the-fence efficiency to benefit society as a whole — what we at Ecolab call Positive Impact.

Details of the positive impact Ecolab makes through our customers and  in our own operations can be found in our 2012 Sustainability Report.