Dow produces 63 SIN List substances (including six persistent chemicals), with 13 of these officially recognised as chemicals of high concern by the EU. The company has a method in place to screen and assess the sustainability of…
Dow produces 63 SIN List substances, 13 of which are included on the REACH Candidate List, with three of them also found on the REACH Authorisation List. The company produces six persistent chemicals. Persistent chemicals are particularly problematic since they do not break down, but instead accumulate in humans and the environment. Because of this, persistent chemicals should be of extra concern for investors. Substances that are not considered a problem today could become huge liabilities in the future.
Dow has a method in place to screen and assess the sustainability of its products and includes the intrinsic hazards of ingredients in the screening process. The company does not follow the principles of green chemistry or use the GreenScreen assessment tool, nor does it exclude substances with toxic properties from new products. It does, however, actively market safer alternatives on its website.
The Michigan-based company shares chemical safety information on its website but does not have a phase-out strategy for hazardous substances. Dow Inc. is a member of Responsible Care and follows voluntary standards such as a Code of Conduct and a Supplier Code of Conduct.