The Economics of Ecosystems

In 2011, Dow and The Nature Conservancy established an important collaboration to study how Dow’s operations rely on and affect nature.

The Nature Conservancy, founded in 1951, is the world’s leading conservation organization with a mission to conserve the land and water on which all life depends.

The Nature Conservancy Collaboration

Scientists, engineers, and economists from both organizations are working together to analyze the various services that nature provides to our operations and the community.

Those ecosystem services include water, land, air, oceans and a variety of plant and animal life.

The work involves validating tools and models that can assign a value to these ecosystem services in order to support Dow’s decision-making when it comes to designing, constructing and operating its manufacturing sites.

By combining our resources and expertise, we are integrating the value of nature into Dow’s business decision-making.

Results from this collaboration will be peer-reviewed and published for the benefit of other companies and the scientific and economic communities.

Annual Progress Reports on Dow’s collaboration with The Nature Conservancy:

2017 Dow-TNC Progress Report (PDF)

2016 Dow-TNC Progress Report (PDF)

2015 Dow-TNC Progress Report (PDF)

2014 Dow-TNC Progress Report (PDF)

2013 Dow-TNC Progress Report (PDF)

2012 Dow-TNC Progress Report (PDF)

2011 Dow-TNC Progress Report (PDF)

Dow’s annual Global Conservation Reports feature our conservation activities around the world:

2013-2014 Dow Global Conservation Report (PDF)

2012 Dow Global Conservation Report (PDF)

2011 Dow Global Conservation Report (PDF)