Dow’s commitment to safety and world-leading operations performance is key to our Company’s success, our history and our “license to operate” in communities around the world. In 1995, we launched our 2005 Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S) Goals. With a $1 billion investment to seek energy efficiency, water reduction and reuse and waste reduction programs. We saved $5 billion – and fostered a culture of safety and sustainability.
Next up, the 2025 World-Leading Operations Goal commits us to maintaining world-leading operations performance in natural resource efficiency, environment, health and safety. Pursuing efficient operations that drive environmental benefits for our communities and help us lead the transition to a sustainable planet and society.
Measuring Our Progress
- Unplanned Events
- Environmental Stewardship
- Total Worker Health
- Transportation Stewardship
- Dow will strive to eliminate fatalities, significantly reduce severe injury and illness incidents and maintain the total recordable injury and illness rate at industry-leading levels.
- Dow will strive to eliminate all process safety events that impact our people, our communities and the environment.
- Dow will strive to eliminate all preventable Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fatalities.
- Dow will have a Total Worker Health® (TWH) implementation that comprehensively controls workplace health risks, protects workers and improves the health of Dow people (Healthy Culture, Healthy Workplace, Healthy People).1
- Dow will demonstrate a 50 percent improvement in a Transportation Stewardship Index through progress in incident-free performance, leading-edge programs to influence logistics and raw material suppliers and risk reduction across the value chain.
- Dow will strive to eliminate severe transportation incidents that impact people, property and the environment in the communities through which our products, raw materials and intermediates flow.
- Dow will improve raw material efficiency utilization index by 10 percent relative to the 2015 baseline.
- Dow will achieve 1 percent per year average increase in production index from our most-utilized facilities from the 2015 baseline.
- Dow is committed to efficient operations that drive environmental benefits for our communities and the world.
- Dow will reduce the freshwater intake intensity at key water stressed sites by 20 percent.
- Dow will reduce its waste intensity footprint by 20 percent.
- Dow will grow, but offset emissions of Priority Compounds, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and nitrogen oxides (NOx).
- Though we will grow globally over the next 10 years, Dow’s absolute greenhouse gas emissions will not exceed our 2006 baseline.
- Dow will obtain 750 MW of its power demand from renewable sources by 2025.
- Achieved or exceeded annual targets for each of our four key indicators of World-Leading Operations Performance: Unplanned Event Reduction, Total Worker Health™ Index, Environmental Stewardship Index and Transportation Stewardship Index.
- Eliminated 30 Priority 1 health risks, exceeding its 2017 target of 25 reductions and bringing the total to 50 reductions since the launch of the 2025 Goals. Among the actions that Dow is taking to realize its Total Worker Health™ targets is the implementation of Life’s Simple 7 (LS7), a program created by the American Heart Association (AHA) to evaluate employees’ health.
- Introducing telematics devices in all Company-owned or leased vehicles by January 1, 2019. These devices will help to improve safety and skills by alerting the driver when the speed limit in force is temporarily exceeded, when harsh acceleration, braking or cornering is observed, or when a lane-handling deviation occurs.
- Innovating new technologies to remove workers from higher-hazard activities to help achieve our 2025 target to “eliminate fatalities, reduce severe injury and illness incidents and maintain its total recordable injury and illness rate at industry-leading levels.” Examples include implementing robotic high-pressure water cleaning, robotics to eliminate the need for confined space entry, and drones to eliminate certain elevated work