Dow believes in Africa
Dow believes strongly in connecting chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world’s most pressing challenges. These include need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity-relevant challenges across Africa.
We have operated on the continent for over 50 years to help drive business and sustainability. As with many emerging markets, the potential for economic growth in Africa is remarkable. With a population of over one billion people, the continent has recorded significant and consistent economic growth rates over the last 10 years.
In addition, there is a growing shift towards renewable energy sources, increasing opportunities in health and nutrition, and a rapidly growing middle class, all of which complement Dow’s growth strategy.
Ghana’s political and economic track record, as well as its dynamic youthful population, makes it an ideal location from which Dow can build and advance existing partnerships and forge new partnerships in the region. Our vision encompasses a wide range of opportunities that take into consideration the region’s vast geography, natural resources and vibrant economy.
With direct presence on the ground, a broad technology portfolio and industry-leading innovations, Dow is well positioned to meet market needs, serving a broad spectrum of businesses and industries, including insulation and energy efficiency, building and construction, agriculture, packaging, water treatment, as well as the oil and gas sector. Always advancing and growing, the Dow West Africa office boasts a team of energetic and bright local talent.
In 2012, Ghana’s economy grew by an estimated 7.9 per cent, according to the World Bank, with growth rates projected to remain strong into the future, fuelled by a diversifying economy, rising oil & gas production and strong international commodity prices. These are factors that will be conducive to sustaining a positive and sound business environment.
For Dow, sustainability means more than addressing the company’s environmental and social footprint. It also means being a driving force for change. Dow focuses its innovation engine on delivering new technologies that enable customers to deliver differentiated and desirable products to markets, with business-building return on investment, while at the same time reducing its footprint and helping to solve the urgent challenges facing the communities in which it operates.
At the end of the day, we believe in partnering with the countries in which we operate so we can collaborate to create sustainable and impactful solutions.
Drawing upon global knowledge, expertise and experience, Dow is working with a host of local companies in Ghana to find long-term sustainable solutions to the country’s pressing issues and make a positive impact on the community. Sectors addressed include agriculture, construction, and water – all of which are aligned to the country’s national priorities.
Dow works to maintain a strong business presence in the area of water treatment in Ghana. On a global scale, Dow has been an innovator in water separation and purification technologies since the 1940s. Specifically, our reverse osmosis and ultrafiltration membrane technology combined with our ion exchange resins are driving energy-efficiency and cost-saving solutions for water treatment and purification, complementing efforts by the government to boost water supply and management across the country.
Dow has a robust AgroSciences arm which provides a range of products, including insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides, to help farmers achieve the best yield from their crops. Our products and services are designed to solve pressing crop production problems for our customers, boosting productivity to maximum sustainable levels to keep pace with the growing needs of Ghana’s rapidly expanding population.
A Community Partner
In 2013, Dow has continued its worldwide 30-year partnership with Habitat for Humanity International and will provide secure housing for more than 20 families in the Brong Ahafo region of Ghana. As a result of the partnership, these families will benefit from reinforced, secure homes that are able to withstand nature’s elements.
As part of our commitment to understand and address the local community needs, The H.H. Dow Academy – our leadership development programme for high-potential employees, and the Dow Sustainability Corps partnered with local entities in Accra to support them in solving a variety of pressing problems. The Association of Ghana Industries, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, the College of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences and the Accra Polytechnic are among the various organisations benefiting from the initiative and from Dow’s most promising talent.
In 2012, we signed a partnership agreement with Acumen – a non-profit organisation addressing poverty across Africa and South East Asia – to scale innovative social enterprises in East and West Africa. Through direct collaboration, social enterprises in Acumen’s portfolio will gain access to Dow expertise and technical assistance to help accelerate the development and distribution of products and services in the agriculture, water and sanitation and energy sectors.
Through Acumen, Dow was in 2007, introduced to and acquired a significant stake in WaterHealth International a global leader in providing scalable, safe and affordable water solutions to underserved populations. WaterHealth International has developed a unique low-cost business model for the operations, maintenance and quality monitoring of small, decentralised community water purification plants called “WaterHealth Centres”. Today, more than five million people in Ghana, India, Bangladesh and the Philippines have access to pure drinking water thanks to this initiative.
Dow Sustainability Corps
In 2010, Dow Sustainability Corps collaborated with New York-based non-profit organisation, Safe Water Network, to reorganise the distribution of information to help track the flow of water in the country and run efficient and sustainable locally-run filtration stations. The solution created an operation model that provides safe drinking water to approximately 25,000 people throughout Ghana.
In addition, the Dow Sustainability Corps recently deployed its first Dow retiree project, a Ghanaian native working through a collaborative effort with the non-profit Safe Water Team. Aiming to create a sustainable distribution method for moving water filters from established warehouse centres in Siaya, Kenya and regions of Ghana, this initiative allows hundreds of families to receive clean and safe drinking water every day.
We are proud to be here and we look forward to a bright and prosperous future for Ghana and its people.
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