By driving unprecedented collaborations, Dow will help develop the societal blueprints that will drive the transition to a more sustainable planet and benefit all of humanity.
At Dow, advancing the well-being of humanity and the planet is the central element of our business model. To truly succeed over the long term, a company must create value for society as well as the company’s shareholders. The purest purpose of business is to innovate to meet society’s needs and solve its problems while building a profitable enterprise. In other words, do well by doing good.
That is why our 2025 sustainability goals, introduced in 2015, are designed to do nothing less than redefine the role of business in society. By driving unprecedented collaborations, Dow will help develop the societal blueprints that will drive the transition to a more sustainable planet and benefit all of humanity.
We are piloting new business models to advance a circular economy and rethinking what is waste and what is not. In Omaha, NE, Dow has teamed with municipal and industry partners to demonstrate how nonrecycled plastics such as juice pouches can be collected curbside from residents and turned into a source of energy — diverting waste from our landfills.
We are helping reimagine the cities of tomorrow through solutions that improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In China, Dow is engaged in the U.S.-China Building Efficiency and Green Development Fund, a private-public partnership that provides financing to implement innovative technologies from the United States in China.
We are breaking new ground with The Nature Conservancy by recognizing the value of nature to our company. Businesses depend on ecosystems such as wetlands and forests to filter pollutants or control flooding but often fail to recognize their true economic value. By 2025, we will deliver $1 billion in value through projects that are good for business and even better for ecosystems. Already we have made a strong start, realizing $40 million in value in 2016 and anticipating an additional $60 million in 2017.
As a global science company, there is no one better positioned than Dow to lead change and help address humanity’s toughest challenges. Our powerful innovation engine provides an enormous opportunity to deliver transformational technologies and unlock life-changing advances that help people live longer, healthier and more productive lives. By focusing on creating solutions that are good for society, we are creating a stronger planet, a stronger society and a stronger Dow.