Government policy is one of the most powerful external forces affecting The Dow Chemical Company today. New laws and changes to existing laws can fundamentally impact Dow's1 operations and the markets in which we do business - and in turn, our bottom line, thereby affecting Dow employees, retirees, communities and shareholders.

Because the impact of government policy is so critical to our survival and success, Dow actively participates in both the policymaking and political processes, through legally allowed advocacy efforts and by making political contributions to candidates, parties and causes. Dow is committed to the highest standard of ethical conduct in our involvement in the political process.

In addition, Dow employees and retirees in the United States are active in the policymaking and political process, contacting their legislators through grassroots campaigns and contributing to The Dow Chemical Company Employees Political Action Committee (DowPAC), which supports candidates for federal and state offices in the U.S. Dow supports these activities as a way to promote open and transparent civic engagement.

As part of our commitment to transparency, beginning in 2009 we are publishing:


1 References to "Dow" within the U.S. Political Engagement pages of dow.com refer to The Dow Chemical Company and those of its subsidiary companies that have eligible employees participating in its political action committee.