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Cultivating a culture of innovative mindsets


The challenges facing global communities are interconnected and complex and can be mitigated only finding solutions fueled by creative innovators.

We are living through the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), which is causing rapid social and technological change. Simultaneously, complex challenges such as climate change and inequities force us to reconsider how we can do more - as a company, as a society, and as individuals. By encouraging innovation, creativity, and problem-solving, we see an opportunity to continue to imagine better with our Global Citizenship partners.

A global improvement in students' collaborative problem-solving capacity to the average level of today's top ten scoring countries could add $2.54 trillion to global productivity.

Manufacturing careers and equitable opportunities
This year marks the 125th anniversary of the Company. It is a time for reflection, but it also inspires us to think about how we can leverage decades of expertise and experience. We see the future as an opportunity to carry out our strategy to decarbonize our business, increase value, and accelerate our sustainability investments. To accomplish this, we recognize the importance of investing in the future manufacturing workforce. Allow me to provide some examples of how we accomplish this.

Dow has been a supporter of Manufacturing Day for many years, and we are also proud to be the National Legacy Sponsor of the Creators Wanted campaign, another initiative led by the United States National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and The Manufacturing Institute (MI) that aims to educate, inspire, and empower the next generation to be creators, a modern view of what a career in manufacturing could look like.

The partnership with Universidad Tecnológica Nacional resulted in the Buen Trabajo (Good Jobs) program, which has been helping improve employability in the region for more than 15 years by providing technical and human skills training for vulnerable people in Baha Blanca, Argentina, home of our largest facility in Latin America. Recent efforts have focused on increasing gender diversity in the trades by increasing female enrollment in courses traditionally associated with men.

Cultivating an innovative mindset
The 4IR is changing the way we work and connecting people, machines, and digital technology. That is why we are committed to partnering with organizations that foster an innovative mindset and prepare students for jobs of the future through Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) learning that is accessible to all students.
  • Collaborations such as the one with the Chinese Chemical Society (CCS) in the China Chemistry Olympiad, China's nationwide chemistry education program for senior high school students.
  • We collaborate with the School of Chemistry and the School of Engineering at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, to provide access and support for financially disadvantaged students.
Engaging for impact
Throughout our global partnerships that span many cultures, one thing stands out: Team Dow's ability and willingness to be deeply engaged in volunteering to support equitable education in their communities. • A class with a science experiment; • Mentoring a FIRST® Robotics team to ensure the team focuses on inclusion; or • Hosting a Girls in STEM Day for over 300 middle school students to foster gender diversity and inclusion in STEM.

It makes me very proud to see how thousands of our employees devote their time and resources to assisting tomorrow's innovators in thriving, cultivating innovative mindsets, and seeing future opportunities.

Because we recognize that the challenges confronting our local and global communities are complex and interconnected, and we understand that finding solutions will necessitate collaboration based on shared ideas fueled by creative innovators from around the world. Investing in education is more than just wishing for a better future: it is taking action to make that wish a reality.