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Dow's Sustainability Efforts Recognized with 2016 Label Life Award by UPM Raflatac

Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, was awarded the Label Life Sustainability Award 2016 by UPM Raflatac, one of the world’s leading producers of self-adhesive label materials. Dow was recognized for its best-in-class sustainability practices across the industry’s value chain.

Dow’s Marco Amici, EMEA Sustainability marketing leader Packaging, and Courtney Fretz, EMEA sales director for Dow Adhesives, presented The Dow Chemical Sustainability Footprint Tool© that helps Dow employees and other players in the industry bring sustainability into the innovation process and assess cost-benefits before real investment is undertaken.

“This simple tool helps evaluate innovation projects through different dimensions of sustainability: social, economic, organizational, greenhouse gas emissions, water and resource efficiency,” states Marco Amici. “It also facilitates sustainability education across the company as well as collaboration throughout the whole value chain. I believe all these features combined were key to win this prestigious recognition.”

During the event, hosted at UPM Raflatac’s Wrocław factory in Poland, all four Label Life Awards finalists were faced with a round of rigorous questioning from jury members – among them UPM Raflatac high-level executives, WWF Poland’s Head of Conservation, and a renowned Professor in Corporate Environmental Management from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Other finalists were DRT, Henkel and Mondi.

Dana Mosora, Director for Sustainability and Advocacy for Dow’s Packaging and Specialty Plastics, EMEA, comments: “Recognizing Dow’s legacy of innovation, leadership and action in sustainability, this award is yet another proof point that proves that strong team collaboration and a sophisticated, yet applicable concept, we can move the needle to achieve sustainable growth.”

About the Label Life Awards by UPM Raflatac
UPM Raflatac’s Label Life concept has been developed to help stakeholders understand the social and environmental impact of labels through the whole life cycle. Inaugurated in 2015, the UPM Raflatac Label Life Awards recognize strong performance in responsible sourcing from the company’s suppliers and are dedicated to suppliers who develop sustainable business practices which are safe and friendly for the environment and beneficial to society.

About Dow
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company is driving innovations that extract value from material, polymer, chemical and biological science to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, clean energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's integrated, market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 180 countries and in high-growth sectors such as packaging, electronics, water, coatings and agriculture. In 2015, Dow had annual sales of nearly $49 billion and employed approximately 49,500 people worldwide. The Company's more than 6,000 product families are manufactured at 179 sites in 35 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted.

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