Our people and company are committed to making positive change through community partnerships, charitable giving and volunteerism. Each year, through The Dow Chemical Foundation, Edina Operations makes significant charitable contributions to local organizations. Additionally, Dow Water & Process Solutions' employees give generously through our company's long-standing relationships with nonprofits, such as the United Way and volunteer countless hours at various organizations throughout the Twin Cities.
More than just giving money, Dow recognizes that our corporate presence is often significant. Therefore, maintaining a strong relationship in the communities where we operate is a high priority for Dow Water & Process Solutions. We interact closely with local businesses, governments, community groups and individuals in order to educate them on our business strategy and practices. By maintaining an open dialogue with community members, we learn how we can best contribute to an improved quality of life in our locale.
Dow Water & Process Solutions' commitment to the security and safety of our sites, products and communities - where we live and work - has always been deeply embedded in our company's culture and our business processes. As we work to provide valuable products to our customers, we're also always working to ensure the safety of our employees and the safety of the plant communities where our products are made. In order to do so, the business collaborates with local emergency responders and government organizations to enable readiness for any emergency scenario.
As a manufacturing site with a comprehensive security plan, Edina Operations conducts practice emergency drills numerous times a year as well as annual test exercises in emergency situations, medical rescues and hazardous material response drills. The drills, frequent communication, emergency preparedness and planning efforts enable all responders to successfully respond to every type of risk.
Dow Water & Process Solutions also maintains close working relationships and coordinates its safety and preparedness efforts with local emergency response organizations, including the Edina Police and Fire Departments.
One of the ways we contribute to our community is to support our employees who volunteer their time and talents to help meet local needs. Through their volunteer work, employees help build partnerships between the company and the community. This, in turn, helps create support for our business operations and helps our local business flourish.
Recently, through The Dow Chemical Foundation, Dow Water & Process Solutions made significant financial contributions on behalf of its employees to a variety of local non-profit organizations. This is just one example of Edina Operations' commitment to participate in substantial projects that create a lasting, positive impact on the Edina community.
Partnering with our communities is a tradition at Edina Operations and an important business practice. Our communities hold our license to operate and their support is critical to our business success. Our philosophy is to invest in our communities and encourage them to invest in themselves.
Since the start of DOW™ FILMTEC™ membrane manufacturing in Edina more than 30 years ago, employees at Dow Water & Process Solutions have contributed their personal time and funds to help innumerable initiatives that enhance the community's appeal and meet local needs.
In addition to donating surplus equipment, materials, products and labor to a wide variety of groups and events as needs arise; Edina Operations provides monetary help to numerous community efforts.
Volunteer initiatives like these are a testimony to our employees' commitment and support for their community.