We’re taking action by collaborating and investing in global efforts to take care of our world – addressing climate change, plastic waste, and inequality simultaneously.
A global pandemic … 500-year flooding near our global headquarters … civil unrest in response to continued racism, inequality, and injustice.
Our world is trying to tell us something. It’s telling us we must do better.
But where do we start? Which critical challenge do we choose to put our finite resources into?
Dow’s response is to take a holistic approach, looking at these challenges as interconnected issues, not isolated problems. We know, for example, that Black people are disproportionately affected by COVID-19. At the same time, marginalized people and communities are more likely to experience the negative impacts of climate change and waste challenges.
To address inequality and create a more sustainable world, we must heed the advice of our Chief Sustainability Officer, Mary Draves, in her recent blog post and listen to nature. It’s telling us to do better.
That’s why we’re taking action by collaborating and investing in global efforts to take care of our world – addressing climate change, plastic waste, and inequality simultaneously.
It is with this in mind that we feel now is the right time to announce our accelerated efforts to …
As part of our action plan to put us on a path to net zero by 2050, we are committed to implementing and advancing technologies to manufacture our products using less resources.
We are committed to investing and collaborating in key technologies and infrastructure to significantly increase global recycling.
We are committed to working directly with our customers, brand owners and the value chain to help redesign and promote reusable or recyclable packaging applications.
These new sustainability targets align to what we see as Dow’s purpose: To deliver a sustainable future for the world through our expertise in materials science and in collaboration with our partners.
Our founder, Herbert H. Dow, was famous for saying “if you can’t do it better, why do it?” This quote greets employees and visitors on the wall at our headquarters, reminding everyone of the challenge we pose to ourselves every day.
Creating better solutions to navigate these generational challenges is what we do best. And we look forward to working with our partners, customers and stakeholders to do just that, better.
Learn more about our new sustainability targets.
Jim Fitterling, Chairman and CEO
It’s a fundamental belief of mine that we’re a better company, a smarter company, and a more creative company when we’re fueled by a diversity of thought and a diversity of experiences.
Recently, Dow was named to People and Great Place to Work® on their 2020 Companies That Care list. It’s our first-time on this list and a big honor. It’s also a very fitting recognition for Team Dow, a team who truly cares.
These last few months have been some of the most challenging in our company’s 123-year history; it has certainly been some of the toughest times I can remember in my years with Dow.
None of us envisioned the magnitude of the health crisis that is COVID. None of us envisioned the economic upheaval. None of us envisioned the civil unrest over racial and social injustice. None of us envisioned how ALL of this would come crashing down and affect us in such personal ways.