2025 Sustainability Goal: Valuing Nature

Dow applies a business-decision process that values nature, which will deliver business value and natural capital value through projects that are good for the Company and better for ecosystems. Our most important partnership is our partnership with nature. Together, we seek not only to deliver business value, but to ensure that our projects continue to be better for ecosystems than they’ve ever been before.

Clean air, clean water, healthy soil and functional ecosystems are vital for everyone, including businesses. These natural resources – and the benefits they provide – however, are complex and can be difficult to quantify. Too often, this means they are taken for granted.

At Dow, we’re committed to working together with nature to make business decisions that appreciate and incorporate its value.

Now we’re leading the charge with our new “win-win” way of business-thinking. If companies understand and value the benefits that nature can provide to their bottom lines, they will be more likely to plan, manage and invest in these natural resources. That’s why Dow applies a business-decision process that values nature and natural capital through projects that are good for the company and good for ecosystems.

The way we’ve considered nature in the decision-making across our global business, on the scale of our 2025 Sustainability Goals has never been done before. These goals will create new value for Dow and for society, by helping to sustain our earth. With specialized tools, Dow can incorporate the value of nature into their business processes, strategies and decisions. By 2025, Dow, working with partners, will implement three additional projects at Dow manufacturing sites or that directly impact Dow businesses.

Measuring our Progress

Next we will identify and implement business-driven project alternatives that will best enhance nature and deliver $1 billion in net present value.

Milestones

  • By 2025, Dow will deliver $1 billion in NPV through business-driven projects that enhance nature.
  • By 2020, screen all capital and real estate project, business development and new products for potential benefit and impacts.
    Recent Success
  • Dow has achieved a total of $160 million toward its goal of creating $1 billion by 2025 for the Company by valuing nature in business decisions.
  • The ESII tool, developed with The Nature Conservancy and Ecometrix Solutions Group, assesses ecosystem services rapidly and cost-effectively in order to identify and incorporate the value of nature into business decision making.
  • Dow collaborated with the EU and industrial neighbors to improve our cooling processes in Camp de Tarragona, Spain, by using treated waste water from the local municipality instead of water from the sensitive Ebro River.
  • The conversion of a former coal ash landfill in Midland, Michigan, into a functional habitat saves the company money and provides critical ecosystem services to the site and the downtown Midland area.

Recent Success

While we recognize there is still work to do, Dow has already made progress incorporating nature into the Company’s strategic decisions.

  • Dow has achieved a total of $160 million toward its goal of creating $1 billion by 2025 for the Company by valuing nature in business decisions.
  • The ESII tool, developed with The Nature Conservancy and Ecometrix Solutions Group, assesses ecosystem services rapidly and cost-effectively in order to identify and incorporate the value of nature into business decision making.
  • Dow collaborated with the EU and industrial neighbors to improve our cooling processes in Camp de Tarragona, Spain, by using treated waste water from the local municipality instead of water from the sensitive Ebro River.
  • The conversion of a former coal ash landfill in Midland, Michigan, into a functional habitat saves the company money and provides critical ecosystem services to the site and the downtown Midland area.
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