By 2015, Dow will achieve at least three breakthroughs that will significantly improve the world’s ability to solve the challenges of: affordable and adequate food supply; decent housing; energy & climate change; sustainable water supplies; or improved personal health and safety.

Breakthrough technologies include new, unique chemistry; a significant new manufacturing process for existing products; or new methods of delivery for existing products. The “challenge platforms” were chosen because of their connection to an existing Dow business and the increased likelihood for developing successful new or enhanced products and technologies that can help solve these critical world challenges.

In creating this goal, Dow was heavily influenced by the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which are focused on developing countries. However, Dow will also seek opportunities for addressing challenges in the developed world.

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