Ecolab Volunteers


Through our Community Relations Department, Ecolab associates, past and present, are encouraged to become involved in programs that focus on:

  • Youth & Education
  • Civic & Community Development (basic needs and job development)
  • Arts & Culture
  • Environment & Conservation

Employees can volunteer in a number of ways such as packing and sorting items at food shelves, team onsite kit builds assembling supplies for individuals in need, mentoring youth on STEM-related topics and volunteering with global partners such as Project WET and Habitat for Humanity.

Voluteering Around the Globe

In 2020, Ecolab employees volunteered more than 74,700 hours. This includes employees' community-based volunteering that qualified for matching funds through our Dollars for Doers and Board Leadership volunteer grant programs, as well as teams of Ecolab employees in 26 countries who participated in the Ecolab Foundation's Global Team Volunteer Program. This program encourages employees to contribute their time and talent with select partners in their communities in addition to financial support to non-profit organizations.

Examples of Ecolab teams giving back: 

  • Science Education Leadership Team (SELT) volunteers increase science, technology, engineering, and math awareness for more than 2,000 students annually in Minnesota through the “Kids & Chemistry” program, Bring Your Child to Work Day, city and state-level science fairs, Science Fusion outreach at the Science Museum of Minnesota and STARBASE Minnesota.
  • Through the Ecolab Foundation’s Dollars for Doers and Board Leadership programs, employees and retirees can apply for a grant in support of their volunteer hours with qualifying U.S. non-profits as well as their board leadership positions. To date, 4,740 grants, totaling $1.6 million have been awarded through these programs supporting employees and retirees as they give of their time and talent in their own communities on their own time.
  • Ecolab is proud that our volunteer programs stretch from our headquarters in St. Paul, MN to areas all over the world.  Employees from 29 different countries are members of a Global Volunteerism Council. This Council meets quarterly to connect and share best practices around volunteering in their communities.