In 2011, The Nature Conservancy and The Dow Chemical Company set out together to to achieve an ambitious goal: demonstrating that building nature’s value into business strategy could lead to better outcomes for companies and conservation.
We have not only helped build the case for why businesses should invest in nature; we have developed the tools and practices to assess business projects as they relate to nature.
- Research showing that forests could be used to reduce air pollution and that natural solutions could help protect business assets from storm damage and mitigate risks associated with a water shortages.
- In early 2016, the collaboration released the ESII Tool, designed to help corporate, government, and organization decision makers rapidly assess the value of nature to a business or community.
This work is an example of how companies and organizations from different sectors can work together to make real change happen. We hope our efforts can serve as a model for how other companies can incorporate nature into their business practices and increase investment in protecting nature’s valuable resources.
To learn more about the latest accomplishments of the collaboration between The Nature Conservancy and Dow, please see our 2015 Annual Report: Year in Review.
Read the Collaboration's latest accomplishments in our 2015 Annual Report.
Learn more about what the Collaboration accomplished in 2014.
Click to read our April 2014 update.
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.
Review Dow’s global sustainability commitment and hear from their leadership on why valuing nature is so important to their business.
Research finds that incorporating nature into man-made infrastructure can improve businesses' resilience - and bring additional economic, environmental and social benefits.
Conservancy Chief Scientist Peter Kareiva shares why the Collaboration study has big implications for corporate sustainability.
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.
Get a behind the scenes look at the science of the Dow Collaboration with our Director of Sustainability Science, Jennifer Molnar.
Learn about how we are using cutting-edge science to help companies, like Dow, incorporate the value of nature into business decision-making.
Collaboration scientists are studying how forests could remove smog-causing ozone at lower costs than high-tech approaches.