The Ida C. Koran Trust is a place for Ecolab employees and retirees to turn to in times of need. Started by Ecolab’s first employee, Ida C. Koran, the Trust offers financial assistance to dependents of Ecolab employees and retirees seeking a post-secondary education, and to employees and retirees who experience an unexpected crisis that causes financial hardship.
In 1923, shortly after founding Economics Laboratory, M.J. Osborn hired Ida Koran as the company's very first associate.
Ida Koran was Ecolab’s first employee. She’s also the woman who established and founded the Ida C. Koran Trust. The Trust is dedicated to lending a helping hand to current Ecolab employees and retirees around the world in times of unexpected need. It’s also available for Ecolab employees and retirees with children seeking assistance with financing higher education.
When an associate’s community was flooded by constant rain and rising rivers, the associate and his family lost all of their personal belongings in the flood as well as major appliances, clothing and furniture. The country did not offer personal property home insurance like many other countries. The associate also needed temporary shelter until the water was removed from his home, and received funds from the Ida C. Koran Foundation not only to help him repair and replace damaged items, but also to help manage the temporary living expenses during the rebuilding process.