Business in Focus – Olympic Edition for Dow Chemical

2nd Vote takes a 2nd Look at Worldwide Olympic Sponsor Dow Chemical.

Dow Chemical is the official Chemistry Company of the Sochi Winter Olympics.  Many of Dow’s products are being used at the games, including products that help keep the ice in playable condition at the Bolshoy Ice Dome.

Dow Chemical has an overall score of 4.5, making it a liberal company.  A breakdown of their scorecard is below (all scores are based on a 10-point scale). To learn how we score, please click here. To view research citations, click here.

2nd Amendment – 5

The Dow Chemical Company Foundation funds the YWCA, a member of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. According to the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, “The insurrectionist ideology promoted by the NRA and other pro-gun groups is corrosive to the democratic values and institutions that protect the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.”

Environment – 2

Dow is a member of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), which supports government mandated regulations, such as cap-and-trade, carbon credits, and carbon capture and storage. According to the USCAP report, A Call For Action, “Cap and Trade is Essential.” It partners with the Nature Conservancy and other environmentalist organizations that support cap and trade policies.

Marriage – 3

Dow has received a 100 score on the Human Rights Campaign’s “Buyer’s Guide.” The Dow Chemical Company supports Tides, an organization that partners with funders to support efforts “to shift the landscape” on same sex marriage. Tides has funded numerous organizations that advocate for same sex marriage.

Pro-Life – 3

The Dow Chemical Company Foundation funds Women’s Way, an organization that advocates for abortion. The Dow Chemical Company Foundation funds Girls Inc., an organization that supports abortion. The Dow Chemical Company significantly funds United Way and Tides, which have funded Planned Parenthood Programs. However, the foundation also supports Pregnancy Help Centers, The Salvation Army, and numerous religious charities.

CEO Activism

The CEO of Dow Chemical is Andrew Liveris. Since 1999, Andrew Liveris has given $40,700 (43%) to five Democrat candidates or committees and $54,150 (57%) to fifteen Republican candidates or committees. Andrew Liveris has contributed to the Republican presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush, Sen. John McCain, and Gov. Mitt Romney and only once to the Democratic presidential campaign of President Barack Obama.

Corporate PAC 

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, DowPAC has given $157,000 (72%) of its campaign contributions to republican candidates and $60,500 (28%) of its campaign contributions to Democrat candidates in 2014 election cycle. DowPAC has given $37,000 to Republican campaign committees and $20,000 to Democrat campaign committees in the 2014 DowPAC historically gives more to Republican candidates in the 2014 election cycle.