We share our world with our partners, our stakeholders, and one another. And we know our goal to create a better world is shared too.
None of us could have predicted all the serious challenges we’d face this year: floods, hurricanes, a pandemic, economic hardship, and continued racial injustice.
But we certainly can learn from them.
As we turn our focus to 2021, it’s important we reflect on the world … the world we aim to improve through our solutions … the world we aspire to lead in innovation, customer-centricity, inclusion and sustainability.
But it’s not just the world. It’s our world. Perhaps the most important lesson from 2020 is how interrelated we all are in this shared world and how we are all share the goal of making it a better place.
And, this year, showcased us at our very best.
We found new ways to innovate with and serve our customers in a virtual world. We kept running our business safely and shipping essential products. We took significant strides in driving our environmental and sustainability goals forward, including introducing new breakthrough targets. We took action to help address racism. We stepped up to help our communities in the U.S. Gulf Coast following hurricanes, in Michigan after flooding, and all over the world. And we brought products like hand sanitizer, PPE and ventilators to market in record time to meet critical shortages.
This year, more than ever, our world demanded solutions. Organizations and individuals delivered, each responding in their own unique way.
Everyone learned their own lessons. For many, those came through loss; this year took a heavy toll on life, lives and livelihoods. It’s important to come together to learn from one another’s experiences, and to share one another’s burdens.
We’re still facing many complex challenges. We’ll need more of that can-do spirit from everyone in the new year.
We’re stronger together. And, collectively, we can develop shared solutions that will be stronger as well.
We all accomplished so much this year; let’s celebrate those successes safely this holiday season.
We all experienced and responded to this year differently; let’s learn from one another with empathy and grace.
We all have a shared ambition of a better, more resilient world; let’s strive for it together.
Jim Fitterling, Dow Chairman and CEO
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’
Martin Luther King Jr.
Systemic racism has long been woven into the fabric of our society, and acts of racial injustice are not new. Yet, the recent spotlight following the public murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor have activated a movement for change. This is a movement that Dow has committed to driving forward through Dow ACTs, our bold framework to address racism and inequality in our Company and in our communities.
As part of this work, Dow is recognizing MLK Day as an annual paid time off holiday in the U.S. for the first time ever this year.