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We are making progress on all seven of our 2025 Sustainability Goals. Please see a detailed description of our progress in our 2016 Sustainability Report.
Leading the Blueprint
We are on track for having the first societal blueprint by the end of 2017 and to date, have conducted approximately 100 dialogue sessions. Two courageous collaborations are ready for launch as the first collaborations.
Delivering Breakthrough Innovation
Our progress is represented by the strong and rapid development of business-specific 2025 Sustainability Goals, the development and implementation of the new methodology of the new Sustainable Chemistry Index, and expanding the reach within our portfolio of rigorous quantification of life-cycle benefits.
Advancing a Circular Economy
Some of the highlights of our progress in 2016 include our support to the ongoing research with the Ocean Conservancy and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to help reduce marine debris and advance a circular economy. We committed to spend $2.8 million over the next two years to drive solutions that address global marine debris and litter. We also launched the Hefty Energy Bag Omaha Project, a unique program designed to convert previously non-recycled plastics into energy.
Engaging Employees for Impact
In 2016, we delivered 1,525 projects involving more than 15,000 volunteers, positively impacting more than 2.25 million people worldwide. We also established five Regional Impact Teams to further accelerate our community engagement around the world.
Collaborating with the Nature Conservancy, we have developed a suite of tools – The Nature Screen, ESII Tool and Nature’s Future Value (NFV) Scorecard – to help businesses place a value on nature in their decision processes. We’ve identified more than $40 million worth of Valuing Nature goal projects, proving that incorporating ecosystem services into our projects demonstrates real and recognizable value for the Company.
Case Study: Acidic water with high levels of zinc was seeping from an abandoned mining site in Arkansas. We constructed a sinuous channel lined with limestone, which added alkalinity to the seep water. The alkalinity raised pH and created an environment for lowering metals concentrations via biological processes within the channel. The result is a natural streambed with no operations and maintenance costs, and the mine seep water is treated before it enters the downstream creek.
Increasing Confidence in Chemical Technology
Our Increasing Confidence in Chemical Technology goal includes a range of internal and external activities that involve enhancing our strong foundation of product safety while engaging externally with a broad range of stakeholders to build trust and increase confidence. Internally, research efforts have included developing predictive toxicology approaches to further enable safe and sustainable chemistry development. Externally, we are establishing a product stewardship academy so we can share our knowledge to ensure responsible chemicals management in developing regions (e.g. Africa). We also are listening to our stakeholders internally (employees) and externally (customers, governments, NGOs, value chain, academia) to understand what messages and actions resonate with them so we can best tailor our approach and develop partnerships for increasing confidence.
Case study: The Dow Toxicology Cheminformatics Team was selected as one of five LAUNCH: Smarter Chemistry Innovation Challenge Innovators. LAUNCH put forward a call to action for innovators and companies to submit projects to make chemistry smarter by generating data, making data more accessible, analyzing the data or applying data in ways that move chemistry toward predictive design-based discovery.
World-Leading Operations Performance
Our world-leading operations performance is 16 percent toward our 2025 goal versus a target of 12 percent. Our progress can be attributed to significant advancement on reducing our Injury and Illness rate, improving our Process Safety & Containment, and the successful start of Dow’s all-new, world-leading Total Worker Health® Index and Transportation Stewardship Index.
Case study: Continuing to lead the way forward in worker health, Dow has achieved recognition from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an implementation partner in a national Diabetes Prevention Program. More than 5,000 Dow employees and family members have enrolled in this program. Through this effort, more than 1,400 participants have reduced their risk of developing diabetes by 58 percent by meeting weight loss and/or physical activity targets. In 2015, Dow also signed on to the WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) pledge, initiated by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. By signing the WASH Pledge, companies commit to implementing access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene at the workplace at an appropriate level of standard for all employees in all premises under direct control.
The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), a lead sponsor of Sustainable Brands 2017 (SB’17) Detroit, will highlight the value of innovation and collaboration under the umbrella of “Redefining the Role of Business in Society.”
The United States Department of Labor has formally recognized The Dow Chemical Company’s (NYSE: DOW) U.S. Apprenticeship Program as having approved National Standards of Apprenticeship. As an industry leader in the apprenticeship space, with over 40 years of successful apprenticeship programs across Europe, it has been Dow’s intent to obtain the U.S. Department of Labor registration for its U.S. program.
Odor protection and moisture wicking are the top two performance features consumers today desire and The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) and Fruit of the Loom are introducing DUAL DEFENSE™ performance features that offer long-lasting odor protection and moisture wicking to its core men’s underwear line.
As one of the leading materials solutions providers to the packaging industry, the Packaging & Specialty Plastics business of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) launches its latest innovation at Interpack 2017: a brand-new adhesive solution which will help to maximize resource efficiency, favorably influence packaging cost, enhance recyclability and optimize the shelf-life of food packaging.
Two innovative products from The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) recently received 2017 Edison Awards. The Edison Awards honor excellence in new product and service development, marketing, human-centered design, and innovation.