Emilio Tenuta is Senior Vice President of Corporate Sustainability for Ecolab. He is responsible for linking Ecolab’s market strategy with the company’s sustainable solutions delivered through partnerships with more than 1.3 million customers in more than 170 countries.
Emilio Tenuta’s 36-year tenure at Ecolab includes 25 years of technical, marketing and business management experience in various industries including Food and Beverage, Pharmaceutical, Lodging, Healthcare, Primary Metals and Automotive. In the past eleven years Tenuta has led Ecolab’s strategic sustainability journey focused on corporate responsibility, internal environmental stewardship and helping customers operate more sustainably. He is actively involved in advancing global sustainability practices, with a focus on water stewardship and climate action. In partnership with S&P Trucost – and a multi-stakeholder advisory group – Tenuta led development of the Water Risk Monetizer, industry’s first financial modeling tool to assess water-related risks, and the Smart Water Navigator, a free online tool to help businesses improve water management and achieve their water reduction targets. In recent years, he’s become a leader in environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices and reporting and has collaborated with a number of large impact investors. Partnering with Ecolab’s investor relations and C-suite teams, Tenuta has advanced Ecolab’s reputation as a leading ESG company.
Tenuta is actively involved in advancing industry sustainability and corporate responsibility practices. He sits on the board of directors of the World Environment Center, a global non-profit, non-advocacy organization and the leadership council of the Corporate Eco Forum. He is also an active member of several industry organizations, including the American Hotel & Lodging Association sustainability work group. Over the past ten years, Tenuta has forged strong partnerships with the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), and a number of NGOs to support management of water and energy risks in the industrial sector, including the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), UN CEO Water Mandate, The Nature Conservancy and World Economic Forum (WEF).
Tenuta’s leadership style energizes teams, celebrates diversity, and inspires transformational business solutions. He brings expertise in long-range strategic planning and determined execution to maximize performance and results, and a passion for shaping purposeful brands and merchandizing strategies to ensure relevance, customer advocacy, and reinforcing culture.
Tenuta holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry-Business from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a master’s degree in Business from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.
Hear Emilio discuss the importance of water in investing on the S&P Trucost ESG Insider podcast