The next several years present a crucial time to make a positive impact and set an example of sustainability leadership.
Our 2030 Impact Goals are focused on the change we aim to create for our company, communities, customers and environment. With these ambitious goals to achieve alongside customers and in our own operations, we are working to support a safe and healthy world with enough resources for all.
Alongside the impact we make with our customers, we know we can make a difference through our own operations. We are making steady, measurable progress toward our 2030 goals around water, climate, diversity, equity and inclusion, and safety.
We reduced overall water impact intensity by 25%, from our 2018 base year, by:
- Implementing Ecolab solutions such as 3D TRASAR™, Water Flow Intelligence and digital tools like the Smart Water Navigator, to support smart water management practices
- Delivering on projects that resulted in approximately 27 million gallons (~103,000 cubic meters) of water savings
- Introducing an internal water management tool to guide facility teams on water reduction, reuse and recycling methods
We restored water in our communities, reducing and replenishing 34% of our absolute water withdrawal at high-risk sites by:
- Working with partners within the local water basins in which we operate to understand shared water challenges and addressing them with nature-based solutions
- Completing water efficiency and reuse projects that reduce our dependency on community water supplies
We have achieved Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) certification at six facilities, resulting in water savings of almost 50 million gallons (~190,000 cubic meters) annually.
To help meet our ambitious goals, we use a combination of tactics supported by science-based strategies. In 2021, we:
- Reduced absolute Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions by 28%, from our 2018 base year, by focusing on process improvement projects that reduced total energy consumption by almost 5.4 billion BTUs
- Sourced 69% of our total electricity from renewable sources
- Piloted vehicle fleet electrification projects in Europe and North America
We use a combination of strategies to help us on our path to meet our 2030 Impact Goals around diversity including:
- Demonstrating leadership from the top levels of our organization
- Setting tangible, team-based targets
- Creating more diverse candidate pools
- Educating our employee base on the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion
- Leveraging Employee Resource Groups
As a result of these efforts, in 2021:
- 38% of all new management-level hires globally were women and 35% of all new management-level hires in the U.S. were people of color
- More than one third of our global workforce has completed an Allyship in Action training course
- We grew management-level gender diversity to 25.5% and management-level ethnic/racial diversity in the U.S. to 18.8%.