Ida Koran was Ecolab’s first employee. She worked for Ecolab for 44 years, proof that she strongly believed in the company, its associates and their families. When she died, she left a trust fund to be used to make loans and grants to employees in need. Ida’s hard work, foresight, generosity and unwavering faith in Ecolab created a legacy that continues to touch the lives of Ecolab employees and retirees around the world today.
In 1923, shortly after founding the Economics Laboratory, M.J. Osborn hired Ida Koran as the company’s very first employee.
Ida's legacy began in the late 1920's by lending her own money to sales employees when they experienced financial hardship; she knew how important these employees were to the organization.
Her dedication to Ecolab and its employees inspired Ida to give back. When she died in 1967, the Ida C. Koran Trust was formed.
The Trust can be used to make one-time loans and grants to Ecolab employees to help them out in times of unexpected need and crisis. It can also provide academic assistance for Ecolab employees with children seeking higher education.
As a result of Ecolab's success, the Trust grew and was eventually diversified. The Trust has helped countless Ecolab employees worldwide. Please, don’t be afraid to turn to the Trust in your time of need.