Neil C. Hawkins, Sc.D.
Corporate Vice President, Sustainability
The Dow Chemical Company
Midland, Michigan, U.S.A.
Dr. Neil Hawkins serves as Corporate Vice President of Sustainability for The Dow Chemical Company. In this global role, he drives strategy and implementation for Dow’s sustainability and EH&S programs, including the enterprise-wide 2015 Sustainability Goals. Since 1988, Hawkins has served at Dow in a broad range of functional, business, and operations roles.@neilchawkins
In 2012, Corporate Eco Forum recognized Hawkins with the C.K. Prahalad Award for sustainability leadership by an individual. He is the architect of many breakthrough collaborations that advance sustainable development, including Dow’s 5-year commitment with The Nature Conservancy to value ecosystem services, the Dow-UNEP-China MEP partnership to improve chemical safety, and the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program at the University of Michigan.
Hawkins is a leading private sector expert in sustainable business practices and public policy. He is a member of the National Academies Roundtable on Sustainability, and was a member of the National Research Council Committee on “Incorporation of Sustainability in the USEPA,” which published the report commonly known as “the Green Book.”
Hawkins is a board member of numerous organizations and he chairs the strategic advisory council of the University of Michigan’s Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise. He is also a trustee of The Nature Conservancy Michigan Chapter and a past member of the Science Advisory Panel for Green Chemistry for the States of California and Michigan.
A true champion of win-win solutions for business and ecosystems, Hawkins is a frequent keynote speaker and panelist at the world’s leading sustainability forums. He holds doctoral and master’s degrees from Harvard University, and is also an alumnus of Georgia Tech. He is married with two daughters, and is active in community advocacy for disabled citizens.