Midland, Mich. - September 14, 2012
The Dow Jones Sustainability World Index announced its rating of Dow as one of the top performers in the global chemical industry today– marking the 12th time Dow has received this recognition since the launch of the index.
In addition to improving its rating from last year, Dow achieved the highest score in the sector for Environmental Policy Management System. The Company's overall score was 88 percent – 33 percentage points higher than the average for the industry group. Dow was one of only 11 chemical companies to be recognized in the World Index. Dow is ranked at the 97th percentile for all companies in the sector.
“Dow people are living our corporate values of Integrity, Respect for People, and Protecting the Planet every day by delivering science and innovation to benefit our customers, our communities, and society”, said Neil Hawkins, vice president of Sustainability and EH&S. “The Dow Jones Sustainability World Index is a highly regarded benchmark of sustainability performance and progressive business strategy. Their recognition is especially significant given the growing need for transparency and collaboration to drive lasting change.”
“Membership in this index places Dow among the leading sustainability companies, not just in the chemical sector, but across industries,” said Doug May, vice president of Investor Relations. “That's a testimony to the value we place on sustainable practices and technologies – adding value for both our customers and stakeholders.”
Dow's 2015 Goals offer accountability and transparency for its progress toward solving world challenges. They include sustainable chemistry goals that drive product innovation, targets that address climate change and energy, reducing its own footprint, and protecting human health and the environment. More complete information about Dow's Goals, its most recent public reporting and case studies can be found at www.dow.com/sustainability.
Dow scores significantly higher than the chemical sector average year after year.
About the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index
The Index's annual review is based on a thorough analysis of corporate economic, environmental and social performance, assessing issues such as corporate governance, risk management, branding, climate change mitigation, supply chain standards and labor practices. Visit the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index website for more information.
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.