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 the cornerstone of our broad, philanthropic approach. We believe that what one entity can do well, many can do even better. This approach guides our decision-making as we engage with multiple organizations to identify sustainable solutions for our global community. Some of our key strategic collaborations are described below.
United Nations 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.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center
Formerly the Business Civic Leadership Center, Dow engages with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Center to help bring together resources and expertise to affect change related to complex societal challenges. The Center is a leading resource for businesses dedicated to making a difference. Dow partners with the Center on programs and events with key NGOs and governments to improve social and environmental conditions.
Clinton Global Initiative
In 2007, Dow joined Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), which convenes global leaders to create and implement solutions to global poverty. As part of its commitment, the company has announced support for multiple projects including collaborations with Acumen, the 100Kin10 teacher development effort, the National Science Teachers Association, Chemical Educational Foundation, and Capital Area Technical College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
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
What began as a modest, employee-led grassroots effort has grown into one of Dow's most significant service initiatives and one of Habitat's longest corporate relationships. Dow was Habitat's first national corporate partner in 1983 and the collaboration is leaving a legacy of not just building homes, but providing affordable, energy-efficient homes for low-income families in communities around the globe. Dow supports Habitat through house sponsorships, product donations and employee volunteerism at builds.
United Way is a nonprofit organization that works with charitable organizations in communities across North America to pool efforts in fundraising and volunteerism. Through this partnership, Dow employees help their communities and neighbors through donations and volunteerism in areas that are personally relevant to them. Dow’s involvement with United Way is a tradition that dates back more than 75 years.
As part of the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative, Dow announced its collaboration with Acumen, a nonprofit global venture fund whose goal is to advance social enterprises for business growth. Working directly with local entrepreneurs who drive new business in the region, this partnership aims to accelerate the development and distribution of crucial products and services in the sectors of agriculture, water, sanitation and energy.
Keep America Beautiful
Dow is 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 non-profit organization dedicated to making America’s communities cleaner, greener and more livable. Thousands of Dow employees volunteer each year in local cleanup efforts, and recently students at local colleges and universities have joined their ranks.
University of Michigan Fellows Program
Dow’s multi-million-dollar gift to the University of Michigan (U-M) in Ann Arbor in 2010 supports the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program. This multi-disciplinary program leverages U-M’s extensive research portfolio to address and help solve sustainability challenges, while driving innovation in Michigan and around the globe.
The Nature Conservancy
Dow’s 6-year collaboration with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) on valuing ecosystem services demonstrates that protecting nature can be a profitable global business strategy and a company priority. By combining our resources and expertise, the Dow-TNC collaboration is helping Dow and others prioritize the importance of integrating nature into business decision-making.