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The Mississippi River Aerial views of the Mississippi River, related lakes, forests and wetlands to the northeast of the Crow Wing County Airport and Brainerd, Minnesota. © Mark Godfrey/The Nature Conservancy

Companies Investing in Nature

Ecolab/Ecolab Foundation

Advancing Freshwater Conservation

The Ecolab Foundation and the company’s employees are longtime supporters of The Nature Conservancy. Over the past 25 years, the organization’s vital contributions have helped protect Minnesota’s lands and waters. In 2014, Ecolab through its Foundation’s Solutions for Life global giving program, committed to extending its support globally with a commitment to contribute $2 million over three years to further advance the Conservancy’s work to secure and restore key freshwater sources around the world.

Ecolab and The Nature Conservancy have also teamed up to protect clean water in Minnesota, China and Mexico. Check out our video to learn more.

Key highlights from Ecolab's support include:

  • Investing in nature to secure water sources, build strong economies and protect natural areas in three watersheds across Minnesota - Mississippi River Headwaters Area, the St. Croix River Watershed and the Root River.
  • Identifying nature’s role in protecting water for cities – through focused support of science and research in more than 15 cities across China, where in Shanghai specifically, more than 24 million people depend largely on the Yangtze River for their water needs.
  • Expanding efforts in the metropolitan area of Monterrey, Mexico, to reforest and implement other conservation methods to help slow the flow of water upstream from the city and provide clean water for Monterrey. 

In addition to Ecolab’s interest and support of water conservation initiatives, in 2013 they also contributed to the Conservancy’s “Nature Now” campaign for land and water conservation efforts in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.  Support of this campaign has enabled the Conservancy to protect and restore hundreds of thousands of acres of forest and grasslands across these three states.

Ecolab was also an early supporter of the Conservancy’s landmark efforts to restore prairies and wetlands at Glacial Ridge in northwest Minnesota, which was completed in 2012, establishing Glacial Ridge as a national wildlife refuge that helps protect drinking water for area residents, research opportunities for schoolchildren, students and scientists and habitat for prairie chickens, sand hill cranes and other wildlife.  

Ecolab employees have volunteered at Conservancy sites in Texas, Illinois, North Carolina and Minnesota, and a vital part of the recent contribution is to expand Ecolab employee volunteerism with the Conservancy around the globe. Additionally, Ecolab has offered expertise for the Conservancy’s growing water conservation projects over the years. The company is also a member of the Conservancy’s Business Council.