Corporate Social Responsibility is a key component of Dow’s business strategy globally and in our Region.
In Russia and CIS, Dow has been a proud local corporate citizen since 1974 matching its business growth with high commitments to local communities: creating products to help advance human progress, engaging employees as volunteers, supporting various education programs as well as providing disaster relief.
Below are some of Dow's CSR projects in Russia and CIS
- Moscow, Russia: In October 2021 Dow and Children's Technology Park Mendeleev Center launched a new joint project Battle of the Chemists, a popular science show for schoolchildren. The project was aimed at encouraging an interest in science, training specific skills and managing trials in chemistry. Secondary school students from grades 7-9 were competing in laboratory work and chemical experiments. The jury, including leading chemists and professors of the D. Mendeleyev University of Chemical Technology, was evaluating the students' knowledge in chemistry and safety, their competence of laboratory works and quality of substances obtained by the students during the chemical experiments. According to the results of the casting, nine candidates from all over Russia were selected to compete in the chemical experiments and laboratory work in spring 2022.
- Moscow, Russia: Dow volunteers participated in a #PullingOurWeight campaign jointly with a non-commercial organization Second Wind. During July volunteering employees collected their old clothes and sent them to the Second Wind organization either for further recycling or for reuse by vulnerable communities. More than 100kg of textiles were collected, about 32% were sent for recycling, more than 60% - sent for second hand. Dow volunteers contributed their efforts for solving social and environmental challenges.
- Moscow, Russia: Dow became an industrial partner and a sponsor of Children’s Chemistry and Technology Park Mendeleev center based in D.Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia. Jointly with the Government of Moscow, Ministry of Education and Science, University management and other industrial partners Dow took part in the official opening of the newly launched Technological Park on February 7, 2020. The Center is focused on teaching chemistry, nanomaterials, photonics and material science.
- Moscow, Russia: Dow and the children's technology park Altair of the Russian Technological University MIREA for the first time in Russia launched the educational program Sustainable Innovations developed by NGO We are innovators and adapted by RTU MIREA teachers. Students of 8-11 grades are invited to on-line sessions dedicated to the pressing challenges of modern society, economy, and environment.
- Moscow, Russia: Dow collaborated with the local non-commercial organizations (NCOs) in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan to support COVID-19 relief measures. The Company made a series of donations to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare staff rescuing people from the COVID-19 pandemic in the Region.
- Moscow, Russia: Dow participated in All-Russian Science Festival NAUKA 0+, which was held in offline and new online format. Festival online visitors were able to see the Museum of Science and listen to lectures, take part in various master classes and discover the fascinating world of chemistry in the Dow virtual laboratory. The Dow program included workshops, science show with spectacular experiments, and an exciting interactive game NaukaQuest!, with winners receiving memorable giveaways.
- Moscow, Russia: Dow took part in the All-Russian Science Festival promoting chemistry among younger generations and their parents. The event was held on October 11 – 13, 2019 in Expocentre, Moscow, and organized by the Russian Ministry of Science and Higher Education. During the event visitors to the Dow booth had an opportunity to take part in a special polyurethane chemical experiment conducted by an experienced technical engineer from Dow Izolan, a joint venture between Dow and Izolan, and get a memorable “polyurethane mushrooms.” The programme of the joined booth included chemical experiments, quizzes and lectures.
- Moscow, Russia: Dow employees joined the local authorities and volunteers to clean the Filevskiy Park of Moscow and the surrounding riverbanks of the Moskva River during a competition open to the public organized by Clean Games on September 21. The event was an opportunity for all participants to learn how to handle and sort waste properly.
- Moscow, Russia: Dow hosted high school students of Ramensky district of Moscow region, specialized in technology, science and mathematics for a visit of its local site on September 12. During the visit of this advanced manufacturing facility that manufactures polymer dispersions for the coatings and packaging industries, the students took part in interactive experiments and gained occasions to learn more about chemical processes and about the importance of safety in industrial operations.
- Minsk, Belarus: Dow took part in The Science Festival, an event dedicated to science and contemporary technologies at the Central Botanical Garden in Minsk. Dow focused the students and young specialists’ attention to the importance of chemistry and the prestige of chemical and technical education. The company’s experts run a series of interactive master-classes, including chemical experiments and spoke about everyday life chemistry.
Moscow, Russia: Dow took part in ChemFest 2019, an annual festival of the Russian chemical industry manufacturers and research institutes, on June 15th, 2019 in Sokolniki park, Moscow. ChemFest is a sport festival, dedicated to Chemist’s Day celebration, organized by the Ministry of industry and trade of Russia, and the Russian Chemists Union, in order to promote chemistry to wider audiences and to facilitate public interest to sciences.
At Dow stand young visitors could attend various chemical master-classes, observe and enjoy exciting experiments made with their own hands. They could also learn about polyurethane applications and transformations. The kids were happy to take home polyurethane “mushrooms” and Dow special edition of “Magic of Chemistry” book for children.