Answer

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1. Can you find balance (both accomplishments and challenges) discussed in the selection?

Answer: Dow does not discuss any completed accomplishments in this section (although the reader is directed to other sections that will have more thorough information. However, Dow’s progress in accomplishing new emissions reduction targets and finding uses for by-products is discussed).

2. Does Dow quantify any of the challenges and report any negative performance?

Answer: Dow indicates that energy intensity and greenhouse gas emissions intensity progress has been delayed and the company is behind schedule in its reductions. “At the halfway point, these goals are desired to be operating about 12 percent more efficiently than in 2005, but energy intensity is 1 percent improved over 2005, and the greenhouse gas emissions per pound of product made has increased compared to the 2005 base year.” Dow does discuss how it intends to improve the results.

3. Do you consider the discussion about the acquisition relevant? Why?

Answer: The acquisition explains reporting differences and differences in definitions between the two companies that need to be reconciled to ensure that the combined reporting is accurate. Yes, this is relevant information for the readers as it helps to interpret the performance results, which might have changed due to the acquisition.

4. Are any performance standards discussed?

Answer: Dow follows the Principles of Responsible Care. These principles are equivalent to an environmental management system for chemical companies. Following the principles helps companies to reach high levels of performance regarding responsible use of chemical products.

5. In the section titled “Managing risks and opportunities aligned with sustainability”, can you pick out three areas that you feel are material?

Answer: There are a number of risks discussed: financial risks, weather-related impacts, access to credit, volatility in purchased feedstock and energy costs, and pension plan related risks. These fall into the categories of economic, environmental, and social.