The Dow Jones Sustainability World Index announced its rating of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) as one of the top performers in the global chemical industry – marking the tenth time Dow has received this recognition since the launch of the Index.
Dow was one of only nine chemical companies to be recognized in the World Index. Dow achieved the highest possible score for Operational Eco-efficiency and Environmental Reporting, and the highest score in the sector for Standards for Suppliers. The Company's overall score was 83 percent - 28 percentage points higher than the average for the industry group.
'Dow people are setting the standard for sustainability every day by bringing our science and innovation to benefit our customers, our communities, and society' said Neil Hawkins, Dow's vice president of Sustainability and EH&S. 'The DJSI is a well-known benchmark of sustainability performance and progressive business strategy. Their recognition is especially significant in a world in which transparency and collaboration are the drivers of real change.'
'10 years on the DJSI places Dow among the leading sustainability companies, not just in the chemical sector, but across industries,' said Howard Ungerleider, Dow's vice president of Investor Relations. 'That's a testimony to our people and to the growing impact of sustainable practices on business value.'
Dow's 2015 Goals offer accountability and transparency for its progress toward solving world challenges. They include sustainable chemistry goals that drive product innovation, targets that address climate change and energy, reducing its own footprint, and protecting human health and the environment. More complete information about Dow's Goals, and its most recent public reporting and case studies can be found at www.dow.com/commitments.
About the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index
The Index's annual review is based on a thorough analysis of corporate economic, environmental and social performance, assessing issues such as corporate governance, risk management, branding, climate change mitigation, supply chain standards and labor practices. For more information on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, visit www.sustainability-indexes.com.
About The Dow Chemical Company
Dow combines the power of science and technology with the 'Human Element' to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemicals, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2009, Dow had annual sales of $45 billion and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 214 sites in 37 countries across the globe. References to 'Dow' or the 'Company' mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.