Dow chemicals Business Report
I am writing this report on behalf of Dow chemical’s to improve compliance with the two identified global compact principles out of the 10 principles (principle 6 – “the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation”, Principle 8 -“Businesses should undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility”).
The company’s mission is to constantly improve that what is essential to human progress by mastering science & technology. In order to achieve its mission and 10 principles of UN global Compact Dow Chemical’s has adopted various practices and approaches. This report gives and insight of the lessons learnt from the business practices followed and the approaches adopted giving recommendation to improve those compliances. It also discusses the benefits, challenges and implications for the company’s key stake holders.
In the year 2010, Dow had sponsored the Dow Live Earth Run for Water which is one of the largest global water initiatives in order to raise people awareness and solve the water crisis. As the leader in reverse osmosis solutions for desalinating sea water, Dow’s Water Solutions business commits to reducing the cost of desalination and water reuse by 35 percent between 2005 and 2015.(GRI 2010 report).
Dow Chemical can be praised for their effort in protecting people and environment around the global for the past fifth teen years. In their annual report, Dow affirmed and declared that the core value that everyone at Dow will hold is protecting our people and our planet (The Dow Chemical Company 2010). Initiatives such as planting trees, river water purification etc has been adopted. As per Dow Chemical’s latest report on Global reporting initiatives 2010 Dow Chemical’s have embarked on 5 year plan worth $10 million in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy to develop, implement and refine ecosystem services ; biodiversity assessment.
Dow is the first companies to introduce innovative protection equipment for our workers in 1897 Dow chemical’s Vision of Zero is a leadership attitude and a corporate culture that is committed to zero accidents, zero injuries and zero excuses. The company is emphasizing on environment, security, and health & safety performance.
Dow had created enormous negative impacts for Viet Nam people as well as US veteran during the Vietnam War as Dow Chemical was the main supplier of napalm and Agent Orange for US government. Besides, Dow also refused to take the responsibility for the people who affected by the toxic chemical they produced.
The world’s worst industrial catastrophe happened in India in a plant of Dow Chemical’s (Bhopal) where a leak of methyl isocyanate (MIC) on 3rd December 3 at a pesticide plant owned by Union Carbide India took the lives of thousands of people residing there. These had an impact on the image of the company and from there on the company took various measures to improve on the safety fronts. It has learnt many lessons from this.
On the recommendation part we would like o suggest that the company should do more research on the affected people who claims that they have been affected by the chemicals of their units. Moreover by providing proper treatments to the poor people in the affected areas may further improve the image of the company. It can open up hospitals in those areas, medical aid should be provided, adequate knowledge on the diseases and its types.
Dow Chemical should stop its plant which produces chemicals hazardous towards the society. It should emphasis more on the health safety measures for its employees. Timely checkups, awareness at sites among the employees, various safety measures etc. although the company is trying to bring down its casualty at site to Zero% .
Dow had shown it commitment by supporting local community as well as community in other countries. Through donating time, money and resources to help people who suffered from devastating disasters,
Benefits and challenges for key stakeholders
1. Eliminate discrimination towards social vulnerable groups.
Nowadays, there are still a large number of companies which would employ and appoint staff regard to their age, gender and race etc. When a more transparency employment and occupation system has been made, everyone who has working ability could find a job equally.
2. Create a benign competition environment around the company
As every employee is measured by their contribution to the company, it is more reasonable for the directors to arrange personnel. Everyone is occupied in accordance with their capacity, so that the competition among employees is positive.
3. Provide more qualified products to framers
Framers could buy more qualified DOW CHEMICALS products to grow healthier and safer crops to earn more profits.
4. Gain reputation in the local network
Speeches and statements released regarding the protection of environment would increase the influence of the company on our industry market.
5. Attract more suppliers
When the company’s image appears to be healthy and friendly, more suppliers are willing to accept the product.
6. Sustainable development for future generations
We create our beautiful life without sacrificing our future generations’ sake. This is the aim of sustainable development and as an agricultural company we should do our best to meet the demand of our future generations.
7. Environment friendly for environmental groups
Environment groups will benefit from the company as we have protected the environment.
1. Employees are facing more fierce competition.
As everyone is treated equally in the company, more pressures are faced with them than before. Employees should compete with each other to get a promotion.
2. The shareholders may put more money on R&D and operating phase.
Both hiring skilful employees and adopting advanced agricultural technology will consume a good deal of money. What’s more, it takes a large sum of money to build up a new transparency system and a new monitoring department. All these aspects need company to invest money.
3. Communities will take steps to accept the new concept for Do products.
It is always difficulty for community members to accept DOW CHEMICALS products because they think these products violet the balance of the biology and their regional belief.
Implications for key stakeholders
The implications for key stakeholders would benefit both our company and the stakeholders themselves as both parties could receive profits from the recommendations. Our company needs to build up a friendly relationship with these stakeholders to run smoothly, at the same time, the stakeholders can get better products and a more comfortable planet.
Thanks for your time and we hope to receive a later response of the local network members to this report about the recommendation we have made.