Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at Dow India goes much beyond community projects – being a responsible corporate citizen and protecting the environment is an inherent part of the sustainability ethos at Dow India, touching every aspect of our business and presence in the sub-region. Every initiative under the ambit of Corporate Social Responsibility at Dow India is strategically aligned to the tenets of our larger CSR philosophy and effectively utilizes not only the monetary contribution, but also our material, technology and employee volunteerism.
Key tenets of Dow India CSR Philosophy:
Jaipur Foot: Since 2005, Dow India has collaborated with the NGO Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayta Samiti (BMVSS) to support people with disabilities. In partnership with Pinnacle Industries and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Dow India developed and delivered an artificial foot that was more robust, light weight and flexible. Around 20,000 limbs are offered free of cost every year through this arrangement and over 700 Dow volunteers have engaged with this project till date.
Mann Deshi Foundation: We partnered with the Mann Deshi Foundation since 2017 years to encourage and empower women entrepreneurs from rural areas of Maharashtra. The partnership kick-started with the launch of a ‘Deshi B-school’ in Chiplun, Lote (Maharashtra). Since then over 10526 women entrepreneurs have registered themselves to obtain first-hand business training at this facility. Strengthening this collaboration, Dow India also supports Mann Deshi in setting up their annual ‘Mann Deshi Mahotsav’ in Mumbai. The festival is a platform for more than 279 women entrepreneurs to reach out to over 100000 customers.
Dow-Agastya Mobile Science Lab: In collaboration with NGO partner Agastya, in 2015 Dow India launched the initiative of mobile science lab with easy, affordable scientific models and experiments aimed to help children understand and apply basic concepts of science, while piquing their curiosity and logical thought. The Mobile Science Lab aims to reach schools without access to a science lab, in rural, remote or underprivileged areas and impact over 10,000 children in the age group of 6-15 years every year.