Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Building a More Diverse and Inclusive Workforce

Creating More Inclusive Communities

We’re leveraging our leadership position to exemplify how to listen and act on behalf of communities who have historically been left out. We work to:

  • Collaborate with external partners and community leaders to educate ourselves about relevant social and civic issues
  • Work to steer our suppliers toward equitable practices, and lobby governments for reform
  • Fund initiatives within communities to make change real at a local level
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Driving DE&I Through Courageous Conversations

Hear from Tina Grant, Human Resources Director, on advancing allyship through conversation.

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Accelerating Progress, With More to Do

Hear from Marina Pariseau, Ecolab’s VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion on the future of DEI at Ecolab.

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Supporting Communities

We support programmes and initiatives that protect people and nature in the communities in which we live and work.

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Thoughts on The Derek Chauvin Verdict

Ecolab CEO Christophe Beck shares a message after the Derek Chauvin verdict.

Supporting a Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Workforce with Opportunities for All

We continue to take steps to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in our organisation by:

  • Setting ambitious goals and reviewing our progress monthly
  • Continuing to provide equal pay across gender and race for associates who undertake the same work, at the same level, and with the same performance and experience
  • Integrating diversity and inclusion practices, training and diagnostics throughout all of our people processes, from talent selection to leadership development
  • Supporting a vibrant community of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to connect engaged, emerging leaders with professional development opportunities
  • Embedding DE&I best practices in training for all of our people managers, providing support and guidance for interviewing and selecting candidates

Ecolab is committed to transparency and has chosen to publicly share our Employer Information Report (EEO-1) – a compliance survey mandated by U.S. federal statute and submitted to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. View the 2020 EEO-1 Report under the "Equal Employment Opportunities" section of our Policies & Positions page.

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Following the death of George Floyd in our headquarters community of Saint Paul, MN in 2020, we pledged to provide more frequent opportunities for real conversations about race and to build a more inclusive culture across all our non-majority employee groups. Stemming from this commitment, we held two Day of Understanding events focused on race and gender.

In August 2020, we held our first Day of Understanding event to facilitate dialogue about racism against Black and African American people in the U.S. More than 4,500 associates attended a town hall and 1,800 participated in small group breakout sessions led by senior business leaders. And in January 2021, we continued the conversation with a focus on women at work, gender equality, allyship and inclusion drawing over 8,500 participants to a town hall and more than 3,500 to breakout sessions.

And, to help associates have ongoing conversations, build trust and be better allies to those who face discrimination, over one quarter of our global workforce has completed an online Allyship in Action training course.

2020 Milestones and Achievements


increase in female
and BIPOC executives
since 2015


increase in Employee
Resource Group (ERG)
membership in 2019


with Twin Cities
Rise and Water.org
to advance opportunity


diversity recruitment with
HBCUs, Hispanic Serving
Institutions, and more


double our 2020 spend
on diverse and minority-owned
suppliers by 2022


focused on equitable
partnerships with a new
Supplier Diversity team

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2020 Employee Data

We are committed to improving diversity among our employees at all levels, including among management and leadership positions.

Global Gender Diversity

2020 Representation

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All Global Employees
  • 72.2% Men
  • 26.8% Women
  • 1.0% Not Specified
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Global Management Employees
  • 75.6% Men
  • 24.3% Women

Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the U.S.

2020 Representation

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All U.S. Employees
  • 71.1% Non-minority
  • 27.1% Minority
  • 1.8% Not Specified
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U.S. Management Employees
  • 81.4% Non-minority
  • 17.3% Minority
  • 1.3% Not Specified

Recognition for Our Leadership in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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Working Mother 100 Best Companies 2020 logo
Working Mother 100 Best Companies List
The Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index logo
The Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index
Diversity Inc Top 50 Companies for Diversity logo
The DiversityInc Top 50
Human Rights Campaigns Corporate Equality Index logo
The Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index
Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award logo
The ESGR Department of Defence Freedom Award
National Association for Female Executives logo
NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women