Safe Materials for a Sustainable Planet

We envision a future where every material we bring to market is sustainable for people and our planet.

Measuring our progress

We are committed to demonstrating the value of chemistry and materials science to society and improving the way the world understands and considers science in decision-making to maximize benefits to businesses, society and the planet. We are making progress toward this vision by innovating sustainable materials of tomorrow, leading candid conversations about product safety, and committing to the advancement of open and transparent chemistry with our value chain partners, customers and the public.

Our metrics

Sustainable Materials of Tomorrow

  • Implement 10 innovative alternatives.
  • Promote participation by all Dow businesses, track recognition and report externally.
  • Develop risk-based safety assessments and contribute to external regulatory paradigms.

Leading a Candid Conversation

  • Define and maintain Dow’s product safety story.
  • Develop 5 courageous collaborations to accelerate product safety.
  • Develop and implement Product Stewardship Academies in emerging regions.

Providing Unprecedented Transparency

  • Advance transparency beyond regulatory-driven Safety Data Sheets for all Dow products.
  • Share 5 examples of products/applications not pursued.

Recent highlights

  • Completed a Chemical Portfolio Assessment in 2019 to set up a sustainable materials strategy
  • Awarded the 2019 Sustainability Champion Award from Green Chemistry & Commerce Council (GC3) for leadership in value chain outreach and efforts to advance the development of sustainable materials.
  • Expanded our Product Stewardship Academy in Africa and the Middle East to proactively engage our customers to increase product safety knowledge and safe material handling.
  • Recognized with a 2019 Shanghai Government Science and Technology Award for our contribution to helping advance China’s approaches to risk management evaluations and enhance environmental protection and sustainability.
  • Collaborated with Beyond Benign and universities to advance two higher education programs – The Green Chemistry Commitment and Toxicology for Chemists – centered around green chemistry theory and practice.

Recent Success


Product Stewardship Academy receives Responsible Care Award

Our Product Stewardship Academy has had outreach in Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, UAE and Egypt to promote product safety. The Dow Product Stewardship Academy is about recognizing the needs of emerging countries and growing sales responsibly. This program received a Responsible Care Award for the launch and impact of our program.

EPA Safer Choice Partner of the Year

In 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized Dow Chemical as a Safer Choice Partner of the Year for outstanding achievement in 2016 for the design, manufacture, and promotion of cleaning products that carry the Safer Choice label for use in households and facilities nationwide. Dow was recognized in the Safer Choice Innovator category for two sustainable product innovations, ECOSURF™ EH Surfactants and BLUEDGE™ Polymeric Flame Retardant (FR) Technology.
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LAUNCH Chemistry Award for development of predictive safety assessment tools

The Dow Toxicology Cheminformatics Team was selected as one of five LAUNCH: Smarter Chemistry Innovation Challenge Innovators. Together with the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute, Estée Lauder, NIKE, Inc. and additional partner organizations, LAUNCH put forward a call to action for innovators and companies to submit projects to make chemistry smarter by generating data, making data more accessible, analyzing the data or applying data in ways that move chemistry towards predictive design-based discovery