This year marks the start of the Decade of Action to deliver the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. It is a critical period to accelerate responses to the world’s greatest challenges – from ensuring food security to reversing climate change.
Despite the impacts of COVID-19, Dow is joining other companies that have aligned their sustainability commitments to the SDGs and are accelerating their actions to commit to climate action. Introduced in 2015, the 17 UN SDGs serve as a universal framework to foster collaboration to solve the world’s most challenging tasks in sustainability.
“We developed our 2025 Sustainability Goals in a parallel path with the development of the SDGs,” said Mary Draves, chief sustainability officer and vice president, Environment, Health & Safety. “Because 95% of the world’s manufactured goods are touched by chemistry, our industry is a critical enabler of technologies that can help make the SDGs a reality. Connecting our strategies with the global priorities of the SDGs have helped guide us to even greater innovation, efficiency, and scale of impact through collaboration.”
At several levels, our 2025 Sustainability Goals and new sustainability targets impact each of the 17 SDGs, but there are a few goals, in particular, where we have the ability to make a larger impact. Below is a look at some key areas where Dow is taking actions to help advance the SDGs:
We’re listening to our customers and the value chain to drive sustainable chemistry innovation and transform our portfolio to have more products with positive impact. We also are focused on increasing the positive net impact of our products, based upon knowledge of where our feedstocks and energy are from, our processes, how our products are used by customers, and how they are treated at end-of-life.
We’re contributing to advancing materials for renewable energy, including photovoltaics, while increasing the proportion of renewable energy used in our production.
We contribute to the built environment and design advance materials and coatings that make structures more resilient, energy efficient and use less resources to build.
Throughout our operations, we are engaged in the transition from a linear economy to one that redesigns, recycles, reuses and remanufactures to keep materials at their highest value use for as long as possible.
Material science will play a critical role in contributing to a lower-carbon future. We are actively addressing the issue of climate change through a variety of initiatives, including energy efficiency, reducing the footprint of our operations and products, and developing innovative solutions to avoid downstream emissions.