Dow Showcases Collaboration and Innovation at SB17 Detroit

Company will highlight the value of collaboration and innovation in advancing sustainability and redefining the role of business in society

MIDLAND, Mich. - May 17, 2017 - The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), a lead sponsor of Sustainable Brands 2017 (SB’17) Detroit, will highlight the value of innovation and collaboration under the umbrella of “Redefining the Role of Business in Society.” Dow presenters will share diverse examples of how Dow is collaborating across the value chain to help provide solutions to world challenges today and create societal blueprints that will advance the transition to a more sustainable society.

Neil Hawkins, Dow corporate vice president and chief sustainability officer, will speak during the opening evening events. Hawkins will join Bill Ford, executive chairman of the Ford Motor Company, and Pashon Murray, co-founder of Detroit Dirt, in sharing stories of transformative journeys in and around Detroit, “America’s comeback city.” Hawkins will share how Dow, through a six-year collaboration with The Nature Conservancy, has shown that building nature’s value into business strategy can deliver tangible business and tangible results. Valuing Nature is one of Dow’s 2025 Sustainability Goals.

“We realize global challenges are not solved in silos, and SB’17 Detroit is a dynamic forum for business and leading-edge practitioners in sustainability to share ideas and to drive systems change,” said Hawkins. “Game-changing collaboration is a cornerstone of our 2025 Sustainability Goals, and throughout the conference, we will share how recent collaborations with value chain partners and groups as diverse as The Nature Conservancy, the University of Michigan and Hefty are helping us create value not only for Dow but for society.”

As host of the Good Chemistry pavilion, Dow employees and collaborators will present throughout the conference at the pavilion. A sampling of presentation titles shows the range of topics to be discussed: Reimagining Cities of Tomorrow; Restaurant of the Future; Advancing a Circular Economy; Closing the Water Loop; Talking Trash; Better for Nature, Better for Business; and Community-Led Innovation with Caravan (presented by a University of Michigan Dow Sustainability Fellow). Because the conference is such an important venue for sustainability advancement, Dow will release its 2016 Sustainability Report in conjunction with the opening of SB’17 Detroit.

About Dow
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 fresh food, safer and more sustainable transportation, clean water, energy efficiency, more durable infrastructure, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's integrated, market-driven portfolio delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in 175 countries and in high-growth sectors such as packaging, infrastructure, transportation, consumer care, electronics, and agriculture. In 2016, Dow had annual sales of $48 billion and employed approximately 56,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 7,000 product families are manufactured at 189 sites in 34 countries across the globe. 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

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