15 June 2012 | Dow CEO presented with 2012 Inspired Leadership Award

Andrew N. Liveris, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Dow Chemical Company (Dow), was today presented with the 2012 Inspired Leadership Award (ILA), a recognition that honours visionary leaders who combine outstanding business performance with values and behaviours that strengthen the human and natural environments in which their organisations operate.

When presenting the award to Mr Liveris, ILA Committee Chairman Geoff Colvin said, “Under Andrew Liveris’ inspired leadership, Dow is turning the power of its scientific expertise to overcoming the world’s resource challenges and showing us that sustainability just makes good business sense.” Performance Theatre founder Dr Osvald Bjelland echoed this view: “Andrew Liveris’ achievements at Dow move us closer to The Performance Theatre’s aim: the creation of a new and better kind of growth that doesn’t destroy the planet.”

Mr Liveris was chosen in recognition of his success in transforming a major global company, repositioning it as an innovation-centric, science-based provider of sustainable solutions. Whether it’s Dow’s 2015 Sustainability Goals or its POWERHOUSE(TM) solar shingles, which effectively enable roofs to make their own energy, the Company’s actions exemplify this new strategic direction, dramatically improving the sustainability of its own operations.

During his acceptance keynote, Liveris articulated that advanced manufacturing is the essential foundation to sustainable economic expansion for the long term, and that only by working together through the golden triangle of business, governments and civil society, will we see broad-based, sustainable growth which ripples across the entire economy.

“Clearly we face a moment of great challenge.  But just as mankind has mastered the tools and technologies to harness the elements for our shared progress… we have, within our grasp, the ability to engineer a new model for growth… a model that exploits the market’s strengths and evens out its disruptions and disparities,” he told the audience.

“What we need now is a set of new and great solutions for daunting problems.  What we need now are bold leaders; leaders collaborating across outdated divisions between what is best for companies and what is best for countries; leaders innovating new ways to make the world a healthy, productive place for generations to come,” he said.  ”We can make great things again – sustainably, socially responsibly, successfully.  Not just factories, but the jobs and communities they support.  Not just products, but solutions to humanity’s greatest challenges.  That is what inspired leaders do.”

Mr Liveris’ career with Dow has spanned 36 years, the bulk of which was spent in Asia.  Today, he is a leading advocate for the criticality of advanced manufacturing for an economy’s success, serves as Co-Chair of President Obama’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership in the United States, and is the author of Make it in America, which presents practical policy solutions and business strategies for reviving the American manufacturing sector.

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About The Dow Chemical Company:
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology 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 chemical, 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 2011, Dow had annual sales of $60 billion and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide. The Company’s more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 197 sites in 36 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