At Dow, we believe in the power of Solutionism to change the world. We place a high value on listening to our communities and strive not just to be a good neighbor, but a global corporate citizen. Our promise is our most vital product and through authentic relationships we are building better, stronger, more sustainable communities in the places where we do business.
Dow's established corporate citizenship program illustrates our commitments through preserving and investing in communities, creating products to advance human progress, and generating shared value through philanthropic efforts around the world.
The Dow Chemical Company Foundation
Established in 1979, The Dow Chemical Company Foundation contributes to a more sustainable world by supporting charitable initiatives focused on community success, science education and environmental stewardship. The Foundation is a separately governed, private foundation designed to carry out the charitable efforts of Dow, and is the primary funding source for Dow charitable donations. In 2013, contributions of The Dow Chemical Company Foundation totaled $21.5 million dollars globally, as well as an additional $6 million granted in product donations.
Collaboration is a cornerstone of Dow’s citizenship approach. Dow partners with leading non-profit organizations, peer companies and thought leaders to create a holistic approach that meets societal needs on many levels.
UN Global Compact
Dow is a member of the United Nations (UN) Global Compact, the world’s largest voluntary corporate citizenship initiative. The Compact is comprised of more than 8,700 corporate participants from more than 130 countries, working toward advancements in human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption.
Since joining, Dow has had significant opportunities to expand its efforts - and promote collaborative solutions to world challenges - through the various methods embodied in the Global Compact, including local networks, learning forums and policy dialogues.
Business Civic Leadership Center
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) is a key enabler of Dow’s vision to collaborate to address complex, societal challenges. Dow engages with BCLC as a leader in bringing together resources and expertise to affect change.
Dow was instrumental in helping to launch BCLC’s International Business Corps (IBC), an action-oriented, multi-company collaborative approach to volunteerism. Through IBC, individuals from companies work together on projects and leverage their core skills as well as their resources domestically and internationally.
Dow also worked actively with BCLC to create the “Business for Good Map,” a global repository of corporate philanthropic efforts. Go to csr.bclcmaps.com.
Clinton Global Initiative
The mission of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) is to turn ideas into action. Established in 2005 by U.S. President Bill Clinton, Dow joined CGI in 2007 and is proud to align its citizenship priorities with CGI focus areas. As part of this commitment, the company has partnered with Acumen Fund, a nonprofit global venture fund addressing poverty across Africa and South Asia. The collaboration will focus on bringing to scale innovative social enterprises in East and West Africa.
Dow also joins more than 80 organizations in promoting 100Kin10, a collaborative movement to support the national imperative of preparing, deploying and supporting 100,000 new, best-in-class science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers in the next 10 years.
Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship
Founded in 1985, the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship has a history of leadership in corporate citizenship research and education. The organization engages 400 member companies, including Dow, and more than 10,000 individuals annually to share knowledge and expertise about the practice of corporate citizenship through the Center’s professional development programs, online community, regional programs, and our annual conference.
Habitat for Humanity
Dow and Habitat for Humanity recognize that affordable housing is one of the world's most pressing challenges. Dow and Habitat have been building great homes and changing lives together since 1983. Dow was Habitat's first corporate partner and 2013 marks Dow's 30th anniversary of financial, volunteer and production contributions.
Dow's commitment and contributions reach beyond science and technology to embrace the Human Element and to help provide sustainable, affordable housing to low-income families. Dow lends support to Habitat in many ways, including house sponsorship, product donation and employee volunteer work crews at builds.
United Way is a nonprofit organization that works with more than 1,200 local United Way offices throughout North America in a coalition of charitable organizations to pool efforts in fundraising and support. Dow’s involvement with United Way is a tradition that dates back more than 75 years. Through United Way, Dow employees help their local communities and neighbors by donating money or spending time volunteering. By conducting a North America company-wide campaign each fall, Dow has greater community impact than any individual could have alone.
Dow with the Dow Chemical Company Foundation and The Nature Conservancy launched their collaboration in January 2011 to examine how Dow's global operations rely on and affect nature, in order to incorporate the value of nature into business goals, decisions and strategies. One of the major objectives of this collaboration is to share tools, results and lessons learned publicly and through peer-review so that other companies, scientists and interested parties can test and apply them.
Acumen Fund a nonprofit global venture fund addressing poverty across Africa and South Asia. The group is working to create a world beyond poverty by investing in social enterprises, emerging leaders and breakthrough ideas. Dow collaborates with Acumen Fund to advance social enterprises for business growth.
Keep America Beautiful
Since 2008, Dow has been a national sponsor of the Great American Cleanup™, the largest community improvement program in the U.S. and signature program of Keep America Beautiful (KAB), a nonprofit organization dedicated to making America's communities cleaner, greener and more livable.
Dow’s commitment to protecting vital natural resources has made a difference. In 2012 alone, over 1,000 volunteers cleaned up 88,000 pounds of litter and planted 50,000 flowers. Dow’s ongoing partnership with Keep America Beautiful represents the company’s commitment to supporting environmental stewardship programs.