During this pandemic, it has never been more clear: We are one people, sharing one world. The COVID-19 pandemic has touched almost every part of our world. It has highlighted the importance of global preparedness and collaboration. And it has reminded us that when it comes to our well-being, we are all in this together. We all have a role to play.
"Amid COVID-19 uncertainty, our frontline responders make me certain we will persevere. We owe them our gratitude and all the support we can." Jim Fitterling, CEO
Meeting critical needs
These are extraordinary times. This crisis has shattered so many hearts around the world, and our thoughts and prayers are with those victims.
We have a responsibility to support the people and supply chains that are vital to containing COVID-19 and maintaining our collective well-being. We’re especially indebted to the heroes who are risking their lives to treat the sick.
Amid COVID-19, as industry leaders we must remember our long-term commitments to ALL our stakeholders.
I continue to be inspired by those on the frontline – the first responders, everyone on Team Dow and all our partners – who continue to keep us safe, keep us informed, and keep us moving forward through this COVID-19 crisis. I applaud you.
I also want to share a heartfelt thank you to my colleagues in our industry.
Even the most courageous leaders have moments of doubt.
"I never think I am doing enough," admitted Christiana Figueres, the Costa Rican diplomat who led the United Nations negotiations that yielded the historic Paris Agreement, during a New York interview in late February to mark the publication of her new book, "The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis."
Emilio Tenuta, Ecolab's Senior Vice President of Corporate Sustainability, and Mary Draves, Dow's Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President of Environment, Health and Safety, joined GreenBiz Editorial Director at GreenBiz Studio to discuss their partnership.
by Mary Draves, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer The Dow Chemical Company
Sustainability is more than an important ambition at Dow. It is key to how we apply science to drive top-line growth, improve our operations, engage employees and help innovate for our customers. In short, it’s an important part of our strategy for long-term success.
Together, we can be a part of the solution to end plastic waste. In 2019, our employees collected more than 175,000 pounds of waste from 175 locations worldwide with the help of more than 18,000 volunteers.
By Mary Draves, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer The Dow Chemical Company
Business can learn lessons from nature. In nature, diversity often translates into healthier ecosystems, resilience and improved productivity. Likewise, companies are recognizing that more inclusive business models and collaborations that include diverse actors can drive both economic growth and accelerate impact on addressing our UN Sustainable Development Goals.