Giving Compass’ Take:
· FSG interviews Rob Vallentine, leader of social impact work at The Dow Chemical Company, and discusses Vallentine’s role at the company and what he and his team have learned through their efforts.
· How is DOW creating social impact and new business opportunities?
· Read more about the DOW Chemical Company and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Tell us about your role at the Dow Chemical Company.
I serve as president of The Dow Chemical Company Foundation and director of Global Citizenship at Dow. These dual roles allow me to focus on and connect social and business impact at the intersection of citizenship, sustainability, and innovation.
What does the company’s citizenship work look like?
Our citizenship efforts work to apply the company’s unique innovation and technology capabilities to develop workforce, business, and community solutions in such areas as circular economy, food security, affordable housing, and STEM education.
In 2017, we invested approximately $40 million across nearly 1,600 grants around the world. We focus on 3 priority areas: workforce solutions (for example, through our work with Dow STEM Ambassadors), community solutions (for example, through our many volunteers engaging with their local communities), and business solutions. It’s this third area—developing business solutions that address social problems—we are exploring more and growing with intentionality.
Read the full article about The Dow Chemical Company by Adeeb Z. Mahmud at FSG.
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