Dows Craig Faulkner Named 2016 NSC Rising Star of Safety

MIDLAND, Mich. - August 03, 2016 - In recognition of a proven track record in safety leadership and continuous improvement, the National Safety Council (NSC) presents the Rising Star awards annually to individuals who demonstrate leadership and innovation through improvement efforts to their organization’s safety culture. Craig Faulkner, global biosafety officer for Dow AgroSciences in Indianapolis, Indiana, was recognized as one of the 2016 “40 under 40” Rising Stars of Safety by the NSC.

“Dow’s track record and strong safety culture is driven by change agents such as Craig, committed to improving the way we operate by putting safety first,” said Peter Holicki, senior vice president, Dow Operations. “His ability to lead and his understating of the power that culture can have on performance has positively impacted the way we operate, through unparalleled professionalism, making him incredibly deserving of the NSC Rising Star of Safety Award.”

Faulkner was recognized for his leadership ability and his commanding efforts for capturing and improving Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) standards, translating requirements into digestible messages and actions.

Through his work with Dow AgroSciences, he collaborated with the USDA and proactively pursued the designation of Supercontainment Facility. In spearheading this initiative, Faulkner successfully established Dow AgroSciences’ global R&D headquarters as one of only eight such facilities in the United States. Under his leadership, the Company has experienced zero Notices of Violations relative to biologicals – a proof point of the strong safety culture Craig has helped to expand.

Additional accomplishments throughout his career include leading multiple peer groups within Dow AgroSciences such as the Area Safety Focal Point network, Chemical Emergency Response Team, Behavior Based Performance Program team, and Ergonomics Team. Faulkner’s depth of understanding with respect to the power culture can have on performance and works to create the excitement and energy necessary to elevate programs to new heights. He is an active member of the American Biosafety Association and engages in multiple employee-facing roles such as trainer, facilitator and public speaker, sharing his natural excitement for safety for the betterment of others.

“This is a tremendous validation of our efforts to create a best-in-class safety culture in the chemical industry, as 2016 marks the fourth consecutive year that a Dow employee has been honored with this prestigious distinction,” said Laura Ambrose, global director of EH&S Operations. “Craig is a recognized world leader in biosafety and his drive, leadership and belief in the value of safety is unmatched, resulting in more employees returning home safely because of his efforts.

Faulkner will be featured in the October issue of Safety+Health magazine alongside other award winners. All “40 under 40” Rising Stars of Safety will be formally recognized during the National Safety Council Congress and Expo held October 15-21, 2016 in Anaheim, California.

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 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.

About the National Safety Council
Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council, nsc.org, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities.