Water Scarcity Risks and Business Implications

Ecolab Chairman and CEO Doug Baker at Executives' Club Luncheon

May 06, 2013, 16:35 ET from The Executives' Club of Chicago

CHICAGO, May 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- On May 16 The Executives' Club of Chicago will host their annual meeting and awards luncheon with a keynote presentation from Ecolab Chairman & CEO Doug Baker at the Hilton Chicago.  More than 600 business leaders are expected to attend.

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Water shortages, stewardship and strategies to mitigate risk will be addressed in Baker's presentation.

CEOs responding to the World Economic Forum's 2013 Global Risk survey ranked a water supply crisis as one of the top five risks to society, in terms of both likelihood and impact. 

Over 75% of the world's 250 largest companies include water issues in their CR reporting, according to a KPMG 2012 sustainability report.  However, the same study finds that a majority of these companies do not have long-term water strategies.

Baker joined Ecolab in 1989 and has held various leadership positions before being promoted to President and CEO in 2004. He became Chairman of the Board in 2006.

Recognized by Forbes as one of The World's Most Innovative Companies, Ecolab operates in more than 170 countries around the world, with 2012 sales of $12 billion. Its main business units include water, hygiene and energy technologies and services for the food, healthcare, energy, hospitality and industrial markets.

Chicago-based Nalco, which merged with Ecolab in 2011, was named the 2012 Water Technology Company of the Year.

Program sponsors include KPMG, Catamaran Corp., Motorola Solutions, and Schneider Electric – who are founding members of the Innovation Council. 

Accenture, Astellas, BT, CDW, Mesirow Financial, Cisco, Discover Financial, Kemper, & William Blair are gold-level program sponsors.  

Event Details: Thursday, May 16; Registration and Networking 11:30 Luncheon and Program: 12:00 – 1:30 pm, at the Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan.
For more information or for tickets, visit http://centennial.executivesclub.org or call The Executives' Club at 312-263-3500.

About The Executives' Club of Chicago
One of the nation's oldest and most prestigious organizations, founded in 1911, the Club facilitates strategic relationship development, intellectual exchange and development of future leaders.  Through its Global Leaders, Women's Leadership, Chicago CEO Series and other programming, the Club brings together business, civic and academic leaders from all industries to discuss strategies that address challenges and opportunities affecting Chicago and the world.

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