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Global Business Development
With sales of more than $45 billion in 2009, Dow is one of the largest chemical companies in the world. We sell approximately 5,000 products to customers in 160 countries into a wide range of markets. The Company has a well balanced business portfolio with 214 manufacturing sites in 37 countries.
Significant growth potential
As a global specialty materials company, Dow continues to transform its business portfolio to pursue significant growth and earnings potential, emphasizing innovative and diverse products, technologies, and solutions.
Performance across the cycle
Our specialty and performance product portfolio, broad geographic diversification, and focus on downstream integration help offset the inherent volatility of the commodity markets.
Solid financial management
Founded in 1897, Dow has maintained hallmark financial discipline, preserving its financial flexibility by managing costs and operations, reducing debt, and increasing operating earnings to achieve a higher rate of return on capital and equity. Dow continues to transform its earnings profile to one characterized by higher, more stable earnings and growth. We preferentially invest in a portfolio of technology-integrated, market-driven performance businesses that create value for our stockholders and growth for our customers.
Dow strongly believes in the competitive advantage and risk reduction that joint ventures and alliances can offer. We believe in creating mutual value within the context of industry cycles, not only at a single point in time.
Dow is a leader in the use of e-commerce in the chemical industry, resulting in significant cost savings across the value chain. We offer increased transaction efficiency, standardized business processes and improved information sharing through the Elemica network.
In 2009, Dow received the highest rating possible for corporate governance practices from Governance Metrics International (GMI), an independent research and ratings agency. Only 44 of the 4,207 companies reviewed globally received the top score.
Global purchasing organization
Dow has annual non-hydrocarbon procurement needs of approximately $20 billion globally, a big potential for suppliers. We have procurement centers around the world to establish effective relationships with global and local suppliers of goods and services. We work with our suppliers to pursue the principles of sustainability through Responsible Care®.
Respect for people and agreements
As illustrated by The Human Element campaign, we believe in the inherent worth and diversity of people and strive to honor relationships and commitments with those who let us be part of this world: employees, customers, suppliers, shareholders, and society. We are committed to conducting business ethically, legally and responsibly throughout our worldwide organization. We have joined the United Nations Global Compact, and put people policies and 2015 Sustainability Goals in place to support these commitments.
Leadership in Sustainability
Dow has the world’s best problem solvers working on the world’s biggest challenges. In 2010, Dow was the first chemical company to receive the prestigious Robert W. Campbell Award, which recognizes a company that upholds Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) as a key business value and clearly links measurable achievement in EH&S performance to productivity and profitability. Additionally, Dow received a top performer rating in the global chemical industry from the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, marking the tenth time Dow has received this recognition since the launch of the Index a decade ago. In 2009, Dow was named one of America’s “100 Best Corporate Citizens” by Corporate Responsibility Officer (CRO) Magazine and a 2008 ENERGY STAR Partner of the year by the U.S. EPA.
Responsible Care® is a registered service mark of the American Chemistry Council