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

  • Develop an Internal Sustainable Materials Strategy to help guide Dow’s Innovation
  • Implement 10 sustainable alternatives.

Leading a Candid Conversation

  • Define and maintain Dow’s product safety story.
  • Develop 5 courageous collaborations to advance the conversation on 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.

Recent highlights

  • Created a product safety blueprint to demonstrate the value of chemistry and material science to society and outline Dow’s approach to developing products that are safe for their intended use. Learn more: Product Safety Blueprint Launch.
  • Dow has worked collaboratively with some of the preeminent animal rights organizations, like PETA and PCRM, to co-organize scientific workshops that advance the use of non-animal models in product safety evaluations. Learn more: Collaboration with PETA
  • Kao is a cosmetics company with a strong commitment to developing non-animal safety evaluation approaches. Dow and Kao collaborated to advance a non-animal method that can determine the potential for a product to cause skin allergy. Learn more: Collaboration with KAO
  • Dow increased the transparency of product information on with the addition of regulatory data sheets and food contact letters in 2021.
  • As of 2021, Dow has named ECOGROUND™ Binder as its third sustainable alternative.


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.

Awarded the Sustainability Champion Award from Green Chemistry & Commerce Council (GC3) for leadership in value chain outreach and efforts to advance the development of sustainable materials.

Recognized with a 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.

EPA Safer Choice Partner of the Year

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized Dow Chemical as a Safer Choice Partner of the Year for outstanding achievement in 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. On YouTube:

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