2025 Sustainability Goals progress

Our approach to sustainability

We are currently executing our 2025 Sustainability Goals that set the standard for the chemical industry by focusing on more sustainable ways to do business. These 10-year goals, called the Blueprint Goals, are helping us advance a circular economy, value nature, deliver breakthrough innovations, encourage collaboration, and support students and teachers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

Our sustainability journey

Our 2025 Sustainability Goals are aligned to the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) and support progress with our focus areas of Climate Protection, Circular Economy and Safer Materials. These goals continue to create tremendous value for the environment, our customers, for Dow and, increasingly, for our investors. Additional information on our 2025 Sustainability Goals can be found here.

2021 progress toward the 2025 Sustainability Goals

We are more than halfway toward our 2025 Sustainability Goals and we continue to make significant progress against our commitments. The majority of the sustainability goals are on pace to meet key targets. Three goals – Leading the Blueprint, Valuing Nature and Breakthrough Innovation – are completing key targets ahead of schedule. For all the goals, collaboration among businesses, governments, academia and civil society is essential to meeting our commitments and ensuring we support the UNSDGs.

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Leading the blueprint

Dow leads in developing societal blueprints that integrate public policy solutions, science and technology, and value chain innovation to facilitate the transition to a sustainable planet and society.

  • Launched Collaborative Action Toolkit with the Keystone Policy Center
  • Completed two new blueprints on Product Safety and Valuing Nature
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Delivering breakthrough innovations

Dow delivers breakthrough sustainable chemistry innovations that advance the well-being of humanity.

  • Aligned >85% of innovation portfolio to sustainability outcomes
  • Earned six 2021 Edison Awards for breakthrough technologies
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Advancing a circular economy

Dow advances a circular economy by delivering solutions to close the resource loops in key markets.

  • Commercialized a global line of mechanically recycled plastic resins branded REVOLOOP™
  • Five Dow production sites received International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ICSS) and recognition for compliance with rigorous tracking of sustainable feedstocks use – further expanding capabilities for circular products using advanced recycling and bio-based feedstocks
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Valuing nature

Dow applies a business decision process that values nature, which will deliver business value and natural capital value through projects that are good for business and better for ecosystems.

  • Realized a net present value of $106MM from projects that enhance nature, bringing the total to $637MM since goal launch
  • 100% of capital projects screened for carbon emissions and other environmental impacts
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Safe materials for a sustainable planet

We envision a future where every material we bring to market is sustainable for our people and our planet.

  • Selected ECOGROUND™ Binder as Dow’s third sustainable alternative, providing an improved and higher-performing alternative to solvent-based systems for rubberized running surfaces, playgrounds, and athletic and recreational facilities
  • Collaborated with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on a scientific publication – “Animal metrics: Tracking contributions of new approach methods to reduce animal use
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Engaging for impact

We believe, whether through the dedication of time, talent or expertise, that volunteering promotes a positive employee experience, further supports our global citizenship priorities and investments, and ultimately, advances Dow’s ambition.

  • 7,485 volunteers participated in #PullingOurWeight cleanups
  • Launched global Volunteer and ERG Participation Policy to support giving back to communities
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World-leading operations performance

Dow maintains world-leading operations performance in natural resource efficiency, environment, health and safety.

  • Achieved strong transportation stewardship performance driven by low transportation incidents, including zero serious events, and risk reduction
  • Reduced Total Worker Health® risk and avoided unplanned events in excess of 2021 targets, and are trending ahead of 2025 targets

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