Midland, Mich. - June 26, 2012
The Corporate Eco Forum (CEF), an elite membership organization for corporations that demonstrate a commitment to environment as business strategy, has presented Dow's vice president of sustainability and environment, health & safety (EH&S), Neil Hawkins, with the 2012 C.K. Prahalad Award for sustainability leadership by an individual. Created in honor of the late Dr. C.K. Prahalad, one of the world's most influential business strategists, the award celebrates globally significant private sector action that exemplifies the fundamental connection between sustainability, innovation and long-term business success.
"C.K. Prahalad literally defined what it means to 'do well by doing good' in business — inspiring me, and many others, to embed sustainability into core business strategies," said Hawkins. "I'm honored and humbled to be recognized with this award. At Dow, we are committed to driving innovations and collaborations that deliver value for business, society and the planet."
Hawkins was recognized for his long track record of exceptional sustainability leadership, including forging the breakthrough collaboration with The Nature Conservancy to help Dow and other companies recognize, value, and incorporate nature's services into global business strategies.
The C.K. Prahalad Awards were presented at The Ritz Carlton Battery Park in New York City during the Gala Dinner of the 5th Anniversary Annual Meeting of the Corporate Eco Forum on June 25. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton congratulated Hawkins and the 2012 winners in a special video prepared for the awards ceremony, which was attended by Prahalad family members and more than 200 senior executives representing CEF member companies with combined revenues of over $3 trillion.
To view a video about the 2012 C.K. Prahalad Award, please visit http://bit.ly/Nun2WG.
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's diversified 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 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2011, Dow had annual sales of $60 billion and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 197 sites in 36 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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