Our 2015 Sustainability Goals: Breakthroughs to World Challenges

Our 2015 Sustainability Goals, established in 2006, stated that Dow would actively work toward achieving at least three breakthroughs by 2015 that will significantly help solve world challenges.

So far, we have achieved four breakthroughs and are actively pursuing more. The Dow breakthroughs to date are in the following areas:

• Food

• Water

• Energy and Climate Change 

• Health


The World Challenges We’re Targeting 

The 2015 Sustainability Goals selected the world challenges of: affordable and adequate food supply; decent housing; energy & climate change; sustainable water supplies; and improved personal health and safety.

The “challenge platforms” were chosen because of their connection to an existing Dow business and the increased likelihood for developing successful new or enhanced products and technologies that can help solve these critical world challenges.

Breakthrough technologies include new, unique chemistry; a significant new manufacturing process for existing products; or new methods of delivery for existing products. 

In creating this goal, Dow was heavily influenced by the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which are focused on developing countries. However, Dow will also seek opportunities for addressing challenges in the developed world.