Dow India Harnesses Global Leadership Program to Address Social Challenges in Mumbai

Through 6th Annual ‘Leadership in Action’ Program, company engages 43 global employees to address demanding local challenges. Company leaders collaborate with NGOs to support ‘Sustainable Affordable Housing’, ‘Environmental Cleanup’, ‘Diversity and Inclusion’, ‘Circular Economy’, ‘Education and Career Readiness’.

Mumbai - October 01, 2018 - Dow Chemical International Pvt. Ltd. (Dow India), concluded the 6th edition of company’s global ‘Leadership in Action (LIA)’ initiative last month. Aligned to company’s long-term commitments to advance a sustainable planet and society, this initiative intersects investments in Global Citizenship, 2025 Sustainability Goals; and Human Resource’s pool of top talent to build sustainable communities around the world. To date, LIA has engaged more than 240 employees who have worked with 42 NGOs to benefit communities in the Philippines, Ghana, Ethiopia, Indonesia and Vietnam.

After the initiative kicked off in May of this year, the participants focused on five months of virtual pro-bono consulting on seven projects with strategic non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in India. 43 company leaders from around the globe, spent the last week in Mumbai, as pinnacle of their collaboration in India. They focused on projects to address pressing local challenges related to sustainable housing, environmental cleanup, diversity and inclusion, circular economy, and education and career readiness as part of the sixth-annual program. The projects were rolled out in partnership with Pyxera Global.

Addressing company representative, John Kolmer, Human Resources Manager, Global Leadership Development, said “We want to develop leaders of tomorrow who are well-versed with diverse global communities and understand market realities. The Leadership in Action program continues to be one of our flagship programs,and has proven to help transform the way we develop superior leaders by introducing them to real world challenges, giving them learning experiences that test their ability to lead courageously, collaborate effectively, and deliver innovative solutions that generate value.”

“The Leadership in Action program is aligned to our commitment to enable human progress by solving some of the most pressing problems of our society. We invest in the leaders of tomorrow, and they in turn invest in the company of tomorrow. India, being the hot-spot for development right now, presented ample opportunities for our LIA members to collaborate with NGO partners and advance change”, said Sudhir Shenoy, CEO, Dow India.

He further added, “I would like to thank the participants of LIA for creating strong in-country relationships which pave the way for human progress, market growth and business opportunities. The causes addressed by the global teams, will be furthered by local champions in months to come.”

Here are the details of the partner NGOs and the projects undertaken by them:

  • Habitat for Humanity India: With the help of LIA participants, Habitat is looking to develop, through research, a strategic plan to cultivate alternative low-cost housing materials and construction (leveraging from techniques used around the globe).
  • Mann Deshi Foundation is seeking the help to create a distribution channel and logistics roadmap to address customer demand throughout the year. The Foundation also needs an infrastructural blueprint of processes and resources to make this project affordable and viable.
  • Indian Mouth and Foot Painting Artists asked assessment of possible marketing opportunities to increase revenue, so the organization can further support disabled artists in India, both new and existing.
  • Pratha and LIA participants worked towards developing a comprehensive process document and three-year strategic plan that will support the scaling and replicating of the Suvidha Center model and will serve to standardize sanitation service centers within urban slums across the city.
  • Sampurn(e)arth Environment Solution explored decentralized solutions to waste management that will grow the circular economy, positively impact the social wellbeing of Indian citizens and will also have positive economic viability.
  • Trailblazers Foundation and LIA develop a plan to digitize their content and teaching pedagogy and make them accessible online as learning modules.
  • United Way Mumbai sought support their campaign, Clean Shores Mumbai (creating a visible change in the cleanliness of Mumbai’s beaches) by designing methodology for tracking, measuring, and effectively communicating the initiative's impact, leading to increased community awareness and ultimately community participation.

About Dow India:
Dow Chemical International Private Limited (Dow India) 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 the intersection of chemical, physical and biological sciences to help address many of India's most challenging problems including the need for clean water, clean energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. With 800+ employees in locations spread across the country, Dow India is continually finding ways to make people's lives healthier, safer and more convenient through exploring sustainable solutions based on technology development and application research in areas of infrastructure, transportation, energy, consumer and, lifestyle.
As a responsible corporate citizen, the company uses its technology expertise and employee volunteerism to partner with the communities in which it operates. Dow continues to support Jaipur Foot through free distribution of prosthetic limbs along with BMVSS, building homes for the underprivileged through 'Habitat for Humanity', supporting scientific thought and environmental awareness among the future generations through ‘Multiply the Message’ and ‘Mobile Science Lab’ programs along with social empowerment through ‘Mann Deshi Foundation’. For more, visit /