2025 SUSTAINABILITY GOALS: LEADING THE BLUEPRINT

We will lead in developing a societal blueprint that integrates public policy solutions, science and technology, and value chain innovation to facilitate the transition to a sustainable planet and society.

Leading the Blueprint

It’s become clear that collaboration in new and deeper ways between the public and private sector is essential for the transition to a sustainable society. Many well-meaning business, government and societal stakeholders around the world are working toward sustainability through individual actions, but we have not yet all come together to define and deliver a coordinated way forward that leverages our respective strengths.

Dow is committed to helping lead this transition. As the world leader in combining the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress, we will advance sustainability by collaborating at the intersections of business, government and society – with everyone from customers, suppliers and other industry stakeholders, to governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), educational institutions, communities and civil society.

Dow’s Leading the Blueprint 2025 Sustainable Goal focuses on Dow leadership in the development of societal blueprints that integrates public policy solutions, science and technology and value chain innovation to facilitate the transition to a sustainable planet and society.

Our blueprint effort will address the toughest global environmental and social challenges and will consider questions such as:

  • What are individual stakeholder strengths?
  • How can we best work together?
  • And most importantly – what will we be able to accomplish when we work together in the best way possible?

Measuring Our Progress

Our key performance indicator is the sum of dialogues and collaborations.

Milestones

  • Dow will engage in 100 significant dialogues and establish 10 new connections with businesses, nonprofit organizations, government and academia to develop and implement a societal blueprint that facilitates the transition to a sustainable planet and society.
  • Dow will publish an initial blueprint by year end 2017 and will update the blueprint throughout the goal time frame, considering world progress toward sustainability and emerging challenges.
  • Dow will establish a Sustainability Advocacy Platform by 2016 as a main theme within Dow’s overall public policy effort to advocate for Dow as a breakthrough solutions provider in the areas of food, water, energy and environment.
  • Dow will establish a “Sustainability Institute” by 2020 composed of internal and external experts to complement the platform as a successful and effective implementer of practical solutions and driver of societal transformation.
  • Dow will lead through performance and thought leadership to promote energy and greenhouse gas emissions performance policies, best practices and standards, and will participate in clean energy development and use.

Recent Successes

As part of this Goal, we’re engaging in courageous collaborations that leverage Dow expertise to inform projects in the public and private sectors. Here are a few examples of our work in this area so far:

  • The City of Terneuzen is a major seaport and freshwater-scarce coastal area in the southwestern Netherlands where competing water demands across agriculture, industry and residences makes water management difficult. To help manage freshwater use and reuse, Dow partnered with the Water Board Scheldestromen, the City of Terneuzen and water company Evides to create a public-private partnership to develop an innovative wastewater recycling program. In addition to lowering its reliance on scarce freshwater in the region and decreasing the need to remotely source freshwater, through this partnership Dow Terneuzen has reduced its energy use by 95 percent as a result of the partnership - the equivalent of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 60,000 tons each year. Read More
  • The Dow-TNC Collaboration is an innovative collaboration between The Dow Chemical Company and The Nature Conservancy to incorporate the value of ecosystem services into business decision making. Established in 2011, the six-year collaboration combines the expertise of Dow, one of the world’s largest chemical manufacturers, and TNC, the foremost global land and water conservation organization, to develop tools and models that incorporate the value of resources provided by nature into business decisions. Read More
  • Through a collaborative effort to explore an alternative for plastic waste, Dow partnered with the Flexible Packaging Association, Republic Services, Agilyx, Reynolds Consumer Products and the city of Citrus Heights, California, to establish the Energy Bag Pilot Program, which aimed to divert non-recycled plastics from landfills and optimize their resource efficiency across the product lifecycle. Read More
  • The Dow Sustainability Fellows Program at the University of Michigan supports full-time graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at the university who are committed to working across disciplines to find actionable and meaningful sustainability solutions on local-to-global scales. The program aspires to prepare future interdisciplinary sustainability leaders to make a positive difference in organizations worldwide. Read More