Dow Chemical

InfluenceMap Score
D-
Performance Band
45%
Organisation Score
42%
Relationship Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Chemicals
Head​quarters:
Midland, United States
Brands and Associated Companies
Dow AgroSciences, Union Carbide, Rohm and Haas, ANGUS Chemical Company

Climate Lobbying Overview: Dow appears to take a mostly negative approach to climate change policy, with high engagement. The company stance appears to have become more positive in its top-line positions since 2018, although it retains memberships of numerous trade associations which lobby negatively on climate change policy and holds powerful positions within many of these groups.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Dow appears to support emissions reductions consistent with IPCC demands, stating support for limiting temperature increase to 1.5°C or well below 2°C in its 2019 Sustainability Report. In 2021, the CEO Jim Fitterling advocated for “durable policies and investments” and a carbon pricing policy in the US to respond to climate change. The CEO, in the same article in 2021, supported the US rejoining the UN Paris Agreement.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: The CEO of Dow Chemical in 2021 advocated for an emissions trading system in the US as an effective policy to reduce carbon emissions. However, in 2018 a spokesperson for the company was reported in Bloomberg as not supporting policymaker intervention in the EU ETS to increase the price of emissions allowances. In March 2021 in a joint email to EU Vice President Timmermans, sourced from a freedom of information request, Dow opposed a national carbon tax in the Netherlands, strongly advocating that action should be taken at the European level instead of national level. In 2019 on Dow’s corporate website, the company stated broad support for energy efficiency policies and standards.

Positioning on Energy Transition: The CEO in 2021 stated support for the transition to a net-zero economy and advocated for policies to decarbonize the energy sector. However, he did not appear to take a clear position on high carbon sources in the energy mix, stating that “manufacturers require constant, very high temperatures to make products, which today can only be provided by coal, gas, hydrogen or nuclear energy”, but following this with the statement “we will need all forms of clean energy to transform across all sectors.” Dow in 2020 tweeted support for industry wide innovation in low-carbon hydrogen and in a corporate blog in 2020 advocated for increased renewable energy in the energy mix.

Industry Association Governance: Dow is a member of several trade associations which take negative positions on climate change policy, including the American Petroleum Institute and the Business Council of Australia. The company is on the board of several associations negatively lobbying on climate policy such as the American Fuel and Petrochemical Association, and the CEO of Dow is Chair of the American Chemistry Council. Dow disclosed a partial list of its trade association memberships in its 2019 Sustainability Report but did not disclose their climate policy positions nor how it influences these groups. The company has not published a review of misalignments with trade associations as of February 2021.

QUERIES
DATA SOURCES
Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures
Communication of Climate Science
1 2 NS 2 2 1 NS
Alignment with IPCC on Climate Action
1 1 NA -1 NS NS NS
Supporting the Need for Regulations
0 1 NS NS 1 0 NS
Support of UN Climate Process
1 2 NS -1 2 2 NS
Transparency on Legislation
-1 NA 0 NA NA NA NS
Carbon Tax
NS -1 NS -2 NS NS NS
Emissions Trading
-2 -1 0 -1 -1 1 NS
Energy and Resource Efficiency
1 0 1 -2 2 NS NS
Renewable Energy
-1 0 0 -2 2 -1 NS
Energy Transition & Zero Carbon Technologies
1 1 1 -1 1 0 -1
GHG Emission Regulation
-1 1 0 -2 0 NS NS
Disclosure on Relationships
-1 NS -2 NA NA NA NS
Strength of Relationship
STRONG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEAK
 
49%
 
49%
 
27%
 
27%
 
26%
 
26%
 
57%
 
57%
 
25%
 
25%
 
47%
 
47%
 
44%
 
44%
 
51%
 
51%
 
23%
 
23%
 
46%
 
46%
 
45%
 
45%
 
67%
 
67%
 
42%
 
42%
 
43%
 
43%
 
44%
 
44%
 
73%
 
73%
 
45%
 
45%

How to Read our Relationship Score Map

In this section, we depict graphically the relationships the corporation has with trade associations, federations, advocacy groups and other third parties who may be acting on their behalf to influence climate change policy. Each of the columns above represents one relationship the corporation appears to have with such a third party. In these columns, the top, dark section represents the strength of the relationship the corporation has with the influencer. For example if a corporation's senior executive also held a key role in the trade association, we would deem this to be a strong relationship and it would be on the far left of the chart above, with the weaker ones to the right. Click on these grey shaded upper sections for details of these relationships. The middle section contains a link to the organization score details of the influencer concerned, so you can see the details of its climate change policy influence. Click on the middle sections for for details of the trade associations. The lower section contains the organization score of that influencer, the lower the more negatively it is influencing climate policy.