Dow promotes education and awareness on Olympic Games in Russia


In partnership with Sochi 2014, Dow employees visit schools and engage students about the history of the Olympic Games, Olympic values and promotion of sport activities for a healthier life

Moscow, Russia - November 06, 2012

Much more than a sporting event, the Olympic Games serve as a platform to promote equality, inclusion, sportsmanship, and a healthier way of life through sport. Sharing in these same values, the The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), a Worldwide Olympic Partner and the Official Chemistry Company of the Olympic Movement, joined the Organizing Committee of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games in the Sochi 2014 - Olympic and Paralympic Education, a special project focused on education and awareness for students of secondary schools throughout the country.

With training provided by Sochi 2014, ten Dow Russia employees visited six schools in Vladimir, Timashevsk (Krasnodar Region), Sergiev Posad and Ramenskoye District (Moscow Region) between September 1 and October 31 to share information on the history of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, achievements of great Olympic athletes, and lessons about the Russian participation in the Games, including updates on the preparation for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

"One of the main legacies of Sochi 2014 will be education. Through the unique Sochi 2014 - Olympic and Paralympic Education program, education around the Olympic and Paralympic Games will be conducted in a systematic manner, being implemented in all regions of our country, for students of all ages," said Dmitry Chernyshenko, president of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee. "We would like to thank Dow for their support to the educational initiatives from Sochi 2014 and their dedication to promote the Olympic and Paralympic values."

While interacting with the volunteers from Dow, students showed great interest in the Olympic values and wanted to learn more about the opportunities of volunteerism opened by the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Themes like the creation of the Games' mascots – The Polar Bear, The Hare and The Leopard – and the Sochi 2014 anthem amazed younger students.

"Sochi 2014 - Olympic and Paralympic Education is much more than another partnership program with Sochi 2014. It's a rewarding opportunity to promote education and raise awareness among students about the true meaning of the Olympic Movement and the importance of a healthier lifestyle through physical activities and sports," said Arthur Eritspokhov, executive director of Dow's Olympic Operations in Russia.

"As a corporate citizen in Russia for almost 40 years, Dow shares the same values of the Olympic Games, including the focus on education and promotion of equal opportunities for everyone."

In addition to the standard program, Dow employees organized a chemistry lesson at the Timashevsk Orphanage, in the Krasnodar Region, to help integrate children in social activities and stimulate their development and rehabilitation. In this special session supported by Dow, children participated in experiments and learned how to formulate polyurethane systems for several applications.

"The production of polyurethanes is very important and we need to continue to educate younger generations about the significant role chemistry plays in our everyday life," commented Mikhail Tsarfin, general manager of Dow Izolan, a joint venture of Dow and the Scientific Manufacturing Company Izolan Ltd., the leading Russian producer of polyurethane systems. "I hope these students walk away with valuable insights about the power of science and a greater appreciation for the science profession."

About Dow

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About Dow in Russia and CIS

With almost 40 years of continued presence in Russia and CIS, and supported by its experience, size and global presence, Dow is passionately committed to further developing closer partnership with the local companies to keep growing the business, while significantly accelerating the growth of the chemical industry in the region and to jointly increasing its competitiveness in an international context. In 2011, Dow had annual sales of about 770 mln. USD and employed approximately 260 highly qualified specialists in Russia and CIS. In addition to its representation offices in Moscow (Russia), Kiev (Ukraine) and Astana (Kazakhstan), the Company has two manufacturing facilities in Ramenskoye (Moscow Region) for the production of additives for paints and coatings, and in Vladimir where the Dow Izolan joint venture company inaugurated in 2009 its new, large and state-of-the-art manufacturing plant for the production of polyurethane systems. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.ru.

For editorial information:

Irina Kabanova
Dow Europe GmbH
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Fernão Silveira
Dow Olympic Operations
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