Partnerships between business, governments and civil society are essential to ensure we meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement targets. The Leading the Blueprint Goal is our decade-long initiative to cultivate a societal mindset shift on the value and necessity of incorporating diverse perspectives and collaborations to address global challenges. Guided by blueprint thinking, we will continue to unlock sustainable and valuable change for Dow and society by exploring collaborative frameworks.
Midway through this decade-long goal, we measure our success in two ways: 1) through the creation and implementation of our Blueprint Thinking Toolkit across the company, and 2) in sharing blueprints that transparently identify where we want and need to partner with others in meaningful collaborations to create change. Our Blueprint Thinking Toolkit and collaborative blueprints are meant to evolve over time as we learn more from others and incorporate these learnings into our culture and work processes.
In order to equip Dow employees to confidently navigate the world of external engagement and collaborations in an organized, value-added way, Dow partnered with the Keystone Policy Center to create the Blueprint Thinking Toolkit. The toolkit provides a roadmap for anyone to develop a more collaborative mindset and organize their stakeholders and collaborations.
Originally, this Blueprint Thinking Toolkit was tailored to Dow’s processes and designed to equip Dow’s employees with collaborative skills, but Dow and Keystone believe that the framework and lessons on developing a collaborative mindset could and should be available to everyone. The more general Collaborative Action Toolkit was the final product of that process and was just released externally at the end of 2020.
Dow’s Blueprint Thinking work, including the collaboration with Keystone to produce the Blueprint Thinking and Collaborative Action Toolkits, was shortlisted in the 2020 Think Global Forum’s Award for the manufacturing sector to recognize companies that significantly contributed to global thought leadership activities.