2.4) By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality
Dow develops technologies that enable farmers to increase their food production. The company partnered with key stakeholders in Brazil to implement the Sustainable Livestock Initiative, a program that would ensure sustainable beef and milk production systems. Dow developed a range and pasture herbicide technology, “ForeFront,” that removes weeds and promotes the growth of nutritious grazing grasses, thereby expanding the forage area for livestock. After its introduction on six model farms, the Rural Environmental Register concluded that 90% of treated deforested areas had already experienced regeneration. The practices from this initiative are now being incorporated into other regions to further progress elsewhere.
2.a) Increase investment, including through enhanced international cooperation, in rural infrastructure, agricultural research and extension services, technology development and plant and livestock gene banks in order to enhance agricultural productive capacity in developing countries, in particular least developed countries
As the official chemistry company of the Olympic Games, Dow has worked with the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee to mitigate its carbon footprint. Two of the mitigation projects implemented by Dow in Brazil are focused on minimizing environmental impact and optimizing productivity in agriculture. In one project, Dow Brazil is working in collaboration with Farmers Edge (a world leader in precision agronomy) and Irriger (a Brazilian group specialized in irrigation management) to provide state-of-the-art precision agriculture and advanced expertise to farmers in Mato Grosso, one of Brazil’s main ‘breadbaskets’. The goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from farming by introducing variable rate agricultural practices. The other project is aimed at reducing green house gas emissions by restoring degraded pasture land. Dow partnered with Roncador Group, a country-leader with over 30 years of experience in agriculture, livestock and mining, to increase productivity of existing degraded range and pasture and boost restoration of land in Mato Grosso by utilizing Dow’s proprietary seed-control and seed solutions. Dow also participated in 2015’s World Congress on Integrated Crop-Livestock-Forest Systems, contributing to the ongoing development of improved agricultural research and extension services, education and enterprise.
6.3) By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and increasing recycling and safe reuse globally
Dow technologies enable access to safe and sustainable water resources to communities around the globe. In California, the Carlsbad Desalination Plant utilizes advanced reverse osmosis technologies from Dow Water & Process solutions to filter and separate salt and other impurities from the water molecules. Beginning operation in late 2015, the Plant has a desalinated water capacity of 50 million gallons, providing water from over 300,000 people and making it the most advanced and energy-efficient seawater desalination plant in the West Hemisphere. In Colorado, Dow’s TEQUATIC™ PLUS Filters have enabled an oilfield water producer to more than triple the use of recycled water to nearly 100 percent. Dow technologies have also improved the freshwater supply for POSCO E&C’s power plant in Gwang-Yang, Korea. Utilizing Dow products such as DOW™ Ultrafiltration (UF) Technology and DOW™ Reverse Osmosis (RO) technologies, the desalination plant can treat 30,000 cubic meters of seawater per day for use in the city’s power plant.
11.1) By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services, and upgrade slums
Dow has partnered with Habitat for Humanity International for more than 33 years, becoming Habitat’s first national corporate partner in 1983 and expanding support internationally in 1993. Dow’s commitment to Habitat includes financial, product and volunteer contributions. In 2015, more than 1,700 volunteers contributed 10,160 hours to serve 279 families in 33 communities around the world. In North America, 3,865 homes benefited from Dow Building Solutions product donations. As an international partner, Dow has supported the construction of more than 49,000 homes – helping families live in decent, affordable housing in 30 countries worldwide including North America, Africa, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe.
14.1) By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Dow has collaborated with the Ocean Conservancy for more than 30 years to remove debris and pollutants from oceans and waterways. In 2012, Dow and the Ocean Conservancy have joined hands to form the Trash Free Seas Alliance® to identify ways to stop land-based trash from ever reaching the ocean. In Taiwan, Dow paired up with the Society of Wildness to start Protect Ocean in 2012, hosting a series of seminars, films, outdoor tours and coastal cleanup events. In 2014, more than 200 Dow Taiwan employees and families joined International Coastal Cleanup activities in Taipei, Hsinchu and Chiayi to help protect our oceans. Working alongside the Society of Wildness, Dow volunteers helped remove more than 6,600 pounds of trash. Dow Greece partnered with Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association in the World Coastal Cleanup Campaign with volunteers cleaning beaches next to its Lavrion operations.