Dow Joins Ellen MacArthur Foundation Circular Economy 100

Company offers science and innovation expertise to develop scalable solutions that close resource loops

MIDLAND, Mich. - May 18, 2016

(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW) is the latest global company to join the Circular Economy 100 (CE100), the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s pre-competitive innovation program. The CE100 commitment aligns to Dow’s 2025 Sustainability Goal, “Advancing a Circular Economy,” and convenes stakeholder groups and organizations to learn, collaborate, network and build capacity in order to realize and achieve their circular economy ambitions faster. By collaborating with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and joining industry partners on this endeavor, Dow will expand its efforts in helping to lead the transition to a circular economy that recycles, reuses and remanufactures goods.

“Dow is honored to join the Ellen MacArthur Foundation CE100 network. This is a great opportunity to foster collaborations that can advance circular economy solutions across multiple value chains and geographies,” said Dr. Neil Hawkins, Dow’s corporate vice president and chief sustainability officer.

As part of the program, Dow will offer a platform for material and chemical innovation. The Company will lend its science and innovative expertise to help develop scalable solutions to enable purity of materials, an essential aspect for effective materials flow within the circular economy.

"The move to a circular economy will require a broad spectrum of innovation. Dow brings to the CE100 a strong track record of research and development, and we are looking forward to seeing how this expertise will contribute to the network, to open up new opportunities for collaboration and innovation,” said Casper Jorna, CE100 program lead for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Dow is proud of its recent circular economy breakthrough innovations, including:

  • Dow’s Water and Process Solutions (DW&PS) business focused on water purification technology that offers ecological and economical value by increasing sustainability over time. DOW FILMTEC™ ECO Reverse Osmosis elements deliver 40 percent improved water purification while using 30 percent less energy.
  • Dow’s Packaging and Specialty Plastics (DP&SP) business partnered with the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and Accredo Packaging to produce Seventh Generation’s first recyclable Dishwasher Pods packaging. The pouches, which do not sacrifice performance or aesthetics, can be recycled at more than 18,000 store drop-off locations throughout North America.

As part of Dow’s 2025 Sustainability Goals, the Company will partner with other industry leaders, non-profit organizations and governments to deliver six major circular economy projects to facilitate the world’s transition to a circular economy. Through its innovation and science expertise, Dow is committed to delivering solutions that optimize the design, production, use and recovery phases of products and services and close resource loops to benefit society.

For more on the CEO100 program and its members, visit www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/ce100.

About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company is driving innovations that extract value from material, polymer, chemical and biological science to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, clean energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's integrated, market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 180 countries and in high-growth sectors such as packaging, electronics, water, coatings and agriculture. In 2015, Dow had annual sales of nearly $49 billion and employed approximately 49,500 people worldwide. The Company's more than 6,000 product families are manufactured at 179 sites in 35 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.

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