At the intersection of science and sustainability, culture and accountability

Explore our Dow Corporate Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report to see how we're accelerating efforts to create a more sustainable and equitable future.

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Our business

We are helping our customers create innovative and sustainable materials science solutions.

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Environmental performance

We are accelerating our actions to advance a circular economy, climate protection and safer materials.

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Inclusion & diversity

Inclusion continues to be a powerful catalyst that helps advance customer-centricity, sustainability, innovation and equity.

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Community

We’re creating positive social change through global and local partnerships, engaging our employees and community investments.

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Health & safety

In 2020, we remained committed to the health and well-being of our people, and the safety and reliability of our operations.

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Corporate governance

Across Dow, we are driving best-in-class governance practices that protect the long-term interests of all of our stakeholders.

A message from our leadership
In a year unlike any other, Dow responded and focused on being a force for positive action. Across the company, Team Dow is helping find new and better answers to transform our world, while also making our company stronger and more resilient.
Message from the Chairman and CEO

Even in a year overshadowed by uncertainty and volatility, Team Dow played an important, positive role in the lives of many stakeholders.

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Q&A with Senior Leaders

Four senior Dow leaders share their thoughts on how Dow continues to drive action on its ESG priorities.

2020 progress highlights

Despite a year of global uncertainty and volatility, Team Dow continued to make impressive gains against our ESG priorities.

Environment
Accelerating Our Commitments

Valuing Nature

>50%

of the way to achieving $1B in business value from projects that enhance nature

World-Leading Operations Performance

Exceeded our 2025 target to demonstrate a 50% improvement in our Transportation Stewardship Index

Increased our Environmental Stewardship Index by 20 percentage points over 2019

Leading the Blueprint

Shared our Collaborative Action Toolkit through Keystone Policy Center

Circular & Sustainable Solutions

81% to our 2035 commitment to enable 100% of Dow products sold into packaging applications to be reusable or recyclable

3X grow growth in product sales

based on renewable bio-based feedstocks in 2020 year-over-year

Launched post-consumer recycled plastic resins

for various applications globally

Climate Action

Announced power purchase agreements, expanding Dow’s existing access to renewable power by 50% to >800 MW, advancing the company’s position as the industry-leading purchaser of renewable power

Initiated a joint development with Shell to develop electrified cracking technology powered by clean energy

Governance
Board of Directors:

55% women or U.S. ethnic minorities

ESG metrics

Added to the Executive Compensation program and the 2020 Performance Award for all employees

4 new Board directors appointed since 2020:

Gaurdie Banister Jr., Debra L. Dial, Luis Alberto Moreno, and Jill S. Wyant enhance the diverse perspectives and deep expertise of our Board

Dow’s senior leadership

has the highest percentage of U.S. ethnic minority representation and second highest percentage of women leaders compared to industry peers*

For a detailed list of our industry peers, see the Definitions section of the Appendix of the Dow Annual Report.

Joined the

Board Diversity Action Alliance

*As of June 1, 2021

Inclusion & Diversity
$1MM

five-year commitment to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s National Racial Equity Initiative

Included in the company’s $10MM+ Dow ACTs commitment

Achieved highest-ever overall employee satisfaction

$5MM

pledge to Historically Black Colleges and Universities to enhance the Black STEM talent pipeline

Included in the company’s +$10MM Dow ACTs commitment

$250,000

in ALL IN ERG Fund competitive grants to extend our Dow Employee Resource Group impact via nonprofit inclusion, diversity and equity efforts in our communities

LAUNCHED DOW ACTs to address systemic racism in our company and communities, committing $10MM+ over 5 years

Global Employee Resource Groups

+2,000

new participants

Introduced new military degree equivalency program in the U.S. and Canada

Retained

83%

of our diverse suppliers from 2019

Community$33.6MM in total contributions
Community Engagement

#PullingOurWeight Cleanups

6,400+

participants volunteered and collected

>1.2MM

pounds of waste

13,800+

employees volunteered around the world

>850

grants delivered globally

COVID-19 & Disaster Relief
>$4MM

committed to aid COVID-19 relief efforts worldwide

$1.6MM

in product donations to provide personal protective equipment, sanitizer, and safety and education support

$1MM

committed for hometown flood recovery disaster relief

Student & Teacher Support
$285,000

donation to DonorsChoose to support classroom needs in Dow communities; 519 projects supported learning experiences for 41,341 students in 127 schools Included in the company’s >$4MM COVID relief commitment

210

FIRST® Robotics teams across the U.S. funded and supported by ~130 Dow volunteers

$10.9MM

donated for STEM programming and partnerships globally

Impact stories
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Incorporating ESG priorities into our business practices: Project Ybá
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Responding with resiliency to COVID-19
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Dow ACTs to address racial inequality

2020 Dow Environmental, Social and Governance Report

About this report

This ESG Report reflects Dow’s performance for the calendar year ended December 31, 2020. The report has been prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Comprehensive option. In addition, the report references additional frameworks, including the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and World Economic Forum (WEF) Stakeholder Capitalism Metrics.

In addition, Dow employed Deloitte & Touche LLP to perform a review engagement on management’s assertion related to the sustainability disclosures referenced in the GRI Content Index as of, and for the year ended, December 31, 2020.

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