Neil Hawkins, Chief Sustainability Officer and Corporate Vice President, EH&S, to address sustainability's role in business at the World Future Energy Summit, Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, UAE - 13 January 2016: Sustainability will be one of the featured topics at the World Future Energy Summit 2016 (WFES) with Chief Sustainability Officer and Corporate Vice President for Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S), of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), Neil Hawkins (@NeilCHawkins), presenting.  Hawkins is a global authority in the private sector on sustainable business practices, EH&S management, and national and international public policy platforms for global sustainable development. 

Hawkins will join other leaders and experts on the "Sustainability's Role in Big Business," panel scheduled for Thursday, January 21 at 9.00 AM. The interactive session will explore the key role of business in helping advance sustainability, provide examples of emerging best practices, and demonstrate how a commitment to sustainability can be a critical business driver.  Hawkins will share details on Dow's sustainability journey, evolving from a focus on the "footprint" of its operations, the positive "handprint" of its more sustainable solutions, and now helping develop a "blueprint" for a more sustainable future.

"A sustainable energy future cannot be achieved by any individual party alone; it is only possible through courageous collaboration at the intersections of business, government and society," said Hawkins. "At WFES 2016, I am proud to discuss how we can work together to redefine the role of business in society and help lead the transition to a more sustainable planet and society."

Dow recently announced its third decade of sustainability targets, the ambitious 2025 Sustainability Goals (#Dow2025).  These Goals mark the third era of sustainability at Dow after significant advancements since launching a first set of decade-long, sustainability-related goals in 1995. With these Sustainability Goals, Dow seeks to advance global sustainability by unlocking the potential of people and science, valuing nature, and collaborating courageously.

"Few companies have the global and supply chain footprint of Dow and thus the ability to enact bold, positive change across the communication and environment," said Hawkins. "The WFES is an ideal forum to share learnings from Dow and promote collaboration, and I look forward to discussing the important role business plays in achieving a more sustainable society."    

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About Dow in the Middle East
Dow has a longstanding relationship with the Middle East beginning with the establishment of manufacturing and commercial facilities in the United Arab Emirates more than 35 years ago. Since then, Dow has established a solid presence in the Middle East petrochemicals industry, partnering with leading regional companies to set up state-of-the-art petrochemical complexes across the region. For 18 years, Dow and Petrochemical Industries Company K.S.C. (PIC) of Kuwait have shared one successful milestone after another, partnering on six industry-leading joint ventures. Saudi Aramco and Dow have formed a joint venture. Sadara, to build, own and operate a world-scale integrated chemicals complex in the Eastern Province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. From the entrepreneurship initiatives of LoYac in Kuwait to the new Dow Middle East and Africa R&D Center at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia, Dow actively supports the social and economic aspirations of the communities where it operates. For more information about Dow in the Middle East, please visit:

About Dow
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company is driving innovations that extract value from the intersection of chemical, physical and biological sciences to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, clean energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's integrated, market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 180 countries and in high-growth sectors such as packaging, electronics, water, coatings and agriculture. In 2014, Dow had annual sales of more than $58 billion and employed approximately 53,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 6,000 products families are manufactured at 201 sites in 35 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

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