Dow Sustainability Challenges Philippines
Efforts are part of the Company’s broader strategy to provide innovative solutions that tackle global challenges and create positive change
MIDLAND, Mich. - September 08, 2016 - Forty employees from The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), representing 25 sites in 16 different countries departed for Cebu, Philippines on September 3 to join NGOs, social entrepreneurs, universities and government agencies to address pressing local challenges. The Dow employees are focusing their efforts on six distinct projects that seek to advance access to clean water, increase production of high-quality food crops and support product commercialization, among other challenges.
“Bringing together Dow’s incredibly diverse talent and expertise with dedicated NGO, government and academic partners creates the perfect formula for addressing critical societal needs,” said Andrew N. Liveris, Dow’s chairman and chief executive officer. “This type of collaboration demonstrates Dow’s commitment to redefine the role of business in society. It is the Human Element at its very best.”
Employees will spend one week in Cebu, a fitting culmination to efforts that began in April with the six teams collaborating on the following local solutions:
- Increase access to sufficient and affordable safe water on the Buhisan Watershed, for personal consumption and ornamental plant production, which is the basis of their livelihood.
- Establish business solutions for branding, marketing, and packaging of pork and milk products to make them competitive within the mainstream market, without compromising affordability for the current urban poor partners.
- Develop global linkages and networks with foreign universities and organizations to improve the professional employability of graduates of the agricultural programs, as well as develop partnerships with various industries for collaborative research and product development.
- Promote the production and commercialization of dried food products that are accepted by local and export market consumers through the development of a solar and boiler hybrid dryer.
- Educate farmers on techniques to increase the production of high-quality crops, reduce post-harvest loss and support their financial literacy.
- Develop recommendations for funding sources and methodologies to assess the water quality and volume of Tinago Creek as a pilot for subsequent river rehabilitations throughout the city of Cebu.
These projects are part of Dow’s commitment to Global Citizenship, its Leadership in Action (LIA) program and the Company’s 2025 Sustainability Goals, specifically Dow’s pledge to cross-sector collaboration in order to advance a sustainable planet and society.
Dow’s work in the Philippines supports its strategy in the Asia Pacific region, where the company is growing its presence and impact. Beyond the tangible business benefits, however, are the intangibles gained by the employees who participate, including: leadership development, changed perspectives and new insights into how people, products and skills can impact our world. While striving with others to deliver social benefit and business value, the Dow leaders become visionaries for new business opportunities and improved global citizenship.
Since its inception in 2013, 159 employees have participated in LIA, working with 29 NGOs to benefit communities near Accra, Ghana, Addis Adaba, Ethiopia and Surabaya, Indonesia.
“Leadership in Action is an investment in the leaders of tomorrow, who in turn are making an investment in the Dow of tomorrow and in the future vitality of the community they are helping,” said Johanna Söderström, corporate vice president of Dow Human Resources. “For Dow to achieve its goal to redefine the role of business in society, our future leaders need to have a deep understanding of the critical needs of society.”
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company is driving innovations that extract value from material, polymer, chemical and biological science to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, clean energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's integrated, market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 180 countries and in high-growth sectors such as packaging, electronics, water, coatings and agriculture. In 2015, Dow had annual sales of nearly $49 billion and employed approximately 49,500 people worldwide. The Company's more than 6,000 product families are manufactured at 179 sites in 35 countries across the globe. On June 1, 2016, Dow became the 100 percent owner of Dow Corning Corporation’s silicones business, a global company with sales of greater than $4.5 billion in 2015, 25 manufacturing sites in 9 countries and approximately 10,000 employees worldwide. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.
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