Dow’s David Zimmer Honored as Responsible Care® Employee of the Year

  • 2017 marks the fourth consecutive year a Dow employee has received the ACC award
  • Dow has been a historical award recipient, winning five out of the last six years

MIDLAND, Mich. - May 30, 2017 - David Zimmer, the recently retired Performance Monomer Technology Center director for The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), has been awarded the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Responsible Care® Employee of the Year award. Zimmer has served as a leader in Performance Monomers, advancing Dow’s focus and influence on process safety in the industry. Zimmer’s recognition marks the fourth consecutive year a Dow employee has been named to this honor and is the fifth Dow employee to receive the Responsible Care Employee of the Year award in the last six years from the ACC.

Zimmer recently accepted the award at the ACC Annual Responsible Care Conference at the InterContinental Miami Hotel in Miami, Florida. The award was a capstone achievement for Zimmer, who recently retired from Dow this spring after 34 years with the Company.

“David’s recognition as Responsible Care Employee of the Year is a resounding testament to the leadership he displays on a regular basis, enhancing Dow’s visibility for Environmental, Health & Safety excellence,” said Peter Holicki, Dow’s senior vice president of Operations. “His contributions as Technology Center director have truly driven principles for how we operate at Dow, driving industry-leading performance by always placing safety as the highest priority.”

Zimmer has made several strategic improvements in Process Safety at Dow including leading the establishment of an industry sharing network to exchange Environmental, Health and Safety best practices among acrolein producers and users within North America in an effort to enhance the process and personal safety performance of the industry. The network is now known as the Acrolein Industry EH&S Consortium and is planning its second annual conference for mid-2017.

Zimmer also works with an advisory board for the Louisiana State University (LSU) College of Engineering to assist them in further integrating process safety classes into their curricula.

“I congratulate David for his pursuit of safety excellence within the chemical industry. Of particular note is his desire to expand improvements beyond his own company, to the broader industry through the establishment of an industry sharing network for information exchange on environment, health and safety best practices,” said ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley. “While David is retiring this year, through his leadership, important groundwork has been laid to enable continued improvement in industry safety performance.”

The Responsible Care Employee of the Year award is presented annually to one member and one Partner company employee for outstanding leadership.

Responsible Care® is a voluntary initiative of the global chemistry industry to safely handle products from inception to ultimate reuse, recycle and disposal, involving the public in decision-making processes. For nearly 30 years, Responsible Care has partnered with American Chemistry Council member companies to improve the health and safety of employees, communities and the environment as a whole.

About The American Chemistry Council
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®, common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $797 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is the nation’s largest exporter, accounting for fourteen percent of all U.S. exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation’s critical infrastructure.

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 fresh food, safer and more sustainable transportation, clean water, energy efficiency, more durable infrastructure, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's integrated, market-driven portfolio delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in 175 countries and in high-growth sectors such as packaging, infrastructure, transportation, consumer care, electronics, and agriculture. In 2016, Dow had annual sales of $48 billion and employed approximately 56,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 7,000 product families are manufactured at 189 sites in 34 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.

For further information contact:

Jarrod Erpelding
Corporate Media Relations
The Dow Chemical Company
989.633.1863
jarrod.erpelding@dow.com