In January 2011, The Nature Conservancy and The Dow Chemical Company announced a breakthrough collaboration—one that will help Dow and the business community recognize, value and incorporate nature into global business goals, decisions and strategies.
Over the course of six years, scientists from The Nature Conservancy and Dow will work together at three pilot sites to implement and refine models that support corporate decision-making related to the value and resources nature provides. Together, we are choosing sites that will be distributed around the world—and at each site, we will be looking for opportunities to take what we’ve learned there and transfer knowledge globally. These sites will serve as a “living laboratories”— places where we will validate and test our methods and models so they can be used to inform more sustainable business decisions at Dow and hopefully influence the decision-making and business practices of other companies.
This Collaboration is an example of how companies and organizations from different sectors can work together to make real change happen. Our intention is that it will serve as a model for how other companies can incorporate the value of nature into their decision-making, and increase investment in protecting the planet’s natural systems and the services they provide.
Our site selection criteria (which looked at regions with both conservation and business priorities), helped us identify Dow’s Texas Operations in Freeport as the first pilot location to begin testing and applying the science of valuing nature. Information on the results of our analysis in Freeport can be found below. The second pilot site is located in Santa Vitória, Brazil, at the site of a cooperating joint venture company, Santa Vitoria Acucar eAlcool Ltda. (SVVA), formed by Dow and Mitsui & Co. Ltd. We are working together to identify the remaining pilot site and will have more details in 2015.
Dow is also a member of the Conservancy's Business Council.
Learn more about what the Collaboration accomplished in 2014.
Our update on where our collaboration stood in April 2014 and the next steps to come.
Learn more about what the Collaboration accomplished in 2013.
Learn more about what the Nature Conservancy and Dow collaboration accomplished in 2012.
Learn about the first pilot site and review the first year of the collaboration.
Progress and Pilot Sites
Q&A with Conservancy scientist Sheila Reddy on Dow's 2025 Valuing Nature sustainability goal.
Conservancy Chief Scientist Peter Kareiva shares why the Collaboration study has big implications for corporate sustainability.
Research finds that incorporating nature into man-made infrastructure can improve businesses' resilience - and bring additional economic, environmental and social benefits.
Interested in how this Collaboration came to be? Want to know more details on how we chose the pilot sites?
Review Dow’s global sustainability commitment and hear from their leadership on why valuing nature is so important to their business.
See how the Conservancy's Lead Scientist, Jennifer Molnar believes Dow's Valuing Nature Goal will lead to fundamental changes to how business decisions are made.
Collaboration scientists are studying how forests could remove smog-causing ozone at lower costs than high-tech approaches.
Learn about how we are using cutting-edge science to help companies, like Dow, incorporate the value of nature into business decision-making.
Get a behind the scenes look at the science of the Dow Collaboration with our Director of Sustainability Science, Jennifer Molnar.
News and Events
Read more about the collaboration in the news.
Together we have presented at events around the world. See where the future will take us.