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The National Safety Council on October 4 presented The Dow Chemical Company with its 2010 Robert W. Campbell Award at the opening session of the NSC 2010 Congress & Expo, the world’s largest annual safety and health conference.
The Campbell Award recognizes organizations that demonstrate how integration of environmental, health and safety (EH&S) management within business operations is a cornerstone of their corporate success.
“The Campbell Award honors organizations with integrated EH&S management systems that achieve business excellence,” National Safety Council president and CEO Janet Froetscher said. “Dow’s comprehensive commitment to safety excellence includes all of the critical elements, such as management leadership and employee engagement, an integrated safety management system, a risk reduction mindset, and careful measurement. This commitment is further demonstrated by the organization’s ‘Drive to Zero’ safety initiative, which represents an inclusive strategy with detailed execution in all phases of its operations in this move toward zero injuries. Dow seeks to eliminate unplanned events involving personal injury, process safety or the environment. It has everything in place to achieve such a lofty goal.”
“Dow is extremely honored to receive this award, as it demonstrates our long-standing commitment to safety. Maintaining a strong commitment to the environment, health and safety is our top priority and is essential to business success, which ensures our ability to produce products without harm to our employees, communities or environment,” said Andrew Liveris, Dow’s Chairman and CEO. “We operate a ‘safety first, production second’ mindset at Dow, and our ‘Drive to Zero’ global safety goals will always come first.”
Dow is the ninth company to be honored with the Campbell Award. Previous winners include Noble Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, Alcan Inc., DynMcDermott Petroleum Operations, the Bahrain Petroleum Company, Fluor Hanford, Gulf Petrochemicals Industry Company and Schneider Electric North America.
The Campbell Award selection process includes rigorous assessments such as site visits and comprehensive evaluations of an organization’s commitment to EH&S practices and their implementation. The Campbell Award is promoted by an international partnership of 21 organizations that seek nominees worldwide. The Dow story will now be developed into a case study that illustrates Dow’s superior EH&S programs and best practices for use by top business and engineering schools worldwide.
To learn more about Dow’s commitment to safety and the company’s 2015 Sustainability Goals, visit www.dow.com/commitments/.
Underwritten by ExxonMobil Corp. and named for Robert W. Campbell, a safety pioneer and the first president of the National Safety Council, the award recognizes organizations that achieve business excellence by integrating EHS management into their business operating systems. (www.CampbellAward.org)
Dow combines the power of science and technology with the “Human Element” to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world’s most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow’s diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2009, Dow had annual sales of $45 billion and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide. The company’s more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 214 sites in 37 countries across the globe.
About National Safety Council
The National Safety Council (www.nsc.org) saves lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the roads through leadership, research, education and advocacy.