The Dow Chemical Company announced it will partner with Genesee County Habitat for Humanity and the United Way of Genesee County to support ongoing water relief efforts in Flint, MI. In addition, various Dow employee groups have taken the initiative to offer support for their neighbors in need.
In partnership with the Genesee County Habitat for Humanity, Dow will offer and install free water filtration systems to all Habitat for Humanity homes in Flint. Dow’s Water and Process Solutions (DW&PS) business unit will provide RO technology for the 150 filtration systems, and Michigan-based Dow employees and contractors will volunteer to install the systems.
In addition, Dow’s contribution to the United Way of Genesee County will include a donation of up to $100,000 (USD) from The Dow Chemical Company Foundation, consisting of a $50,000 financial contribution and implementation of a Dow global employee matching gift program up to $50,000. This contribution will provide immediate relief efforts through the Flint Water Fund to be used for emergency support services and prevention efforts and is in addition to the previously-donated $10,000 in October 2015.
In addition to these partnerships, Dow employees have taken the initiative to offer support. In February, Dow’s African American Network volunteered in Flint and assembled water test kits, distributed water and filtration equipment and assisted with data entry following mobile distribution of water supplies. Subsequently, Dow’s North American Logistics team partnered with its long-standing carrier, XPO Logistics, to transport donated supplies to Flint, as part of a community-wide supply drive in Midland, MI that collected ready-made baby formula, baby wipes and bottled water.
As part of Dow’s global citizenship strategy and its commitment to innovating for global and local solutions, Dow aims to identify, understand and address society’s most pressing challenges and determine how it can help provide solutions to create sustainable communities throughout the world. Specifically, these contributions and initiatives align with one of Dow’s two global citizenship commitment areas, ‘Innovating for Global Solutions’ as it provides access to clean and safe water, as well as with the company’s 2025 Sustainability Goals, ‘Engaging Employees for Impact.’