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Corporate Governance

The business and affairs of the Company are managed under the overall direction of the Board of Directors. To assist it in carrying out its duties, the Board has delegated certain authority to five standing committees:

  • Audit
  • Compensation
  • Finance
  • Governance
  • Safety, Health & Environment

Under the Company's Restated Certificate of Incorporation, the number of directors is determined exclusively by the Board. Currently, the Board has fixed the number of directors at 15.

Ecolab's Annual Meeting of Stockholders is held each May for the election of directors and for the transaction of such other business as may properly come before the meeting. Any stockholder proposals of business must comply with the notice procedures set forth in Article II, Section 3 and Section 15 of the Ecolab Inc. By-Laws.

Board Committee Charters

Audit Committee Charter
Compensation Committee Charter
Finance Committee Charter
Governance Committee Charter
Safety, Health, and Environment Committee Charter

Corporate Governance Documents

By-Laws of Ecolab Inc.
Code of Conduct
Corporate Governance Principles
Ecolab Director Independence Standards
Restated Certificate of Incorporation of Ecolab Inc.
Political Contribution Policy

Communications with Directors

Communications not requiring the substantive attention of our Board, such as employment inquiries, sales solicitations, questions about our products and other such matters, are handled directly by our management. If you have such an inquiry, please complete and submit the on-line Contact Ecolab form.

Ecolab stakeholders and other interested parties, including our stockholders and employees, can send substantive communications to our Board using the following methods:

  • to correspond with the Board's Lead Director regarding corporate governance matters, please complete and submit the on-line "Contact Lead Director" form;
  • to report potential issues regarding accounting, internal controls and other auditing matters to the Board's Audit Committee, please complete and submit the on-line "Contact Audit Committee" form; or
  • to make a stockholder recommendation for a potential candidate for nomination to the Board, please submit an e-mail to the Board's Governance Committee, in care of our Corporate Secretary, at

In addition to on-line communications, interested parties may direct correspondence to our Board of Directors, our Board Committees or to individual directors at our headquarters address in St. Paul, MN.

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