Dow Inc.



Dow Chemical is one of the three largest chemical companies in the world.* Founded in 1897, it is headquartered in Midland, Michigan. It became infamous for its production of Agent Orange and napalm and in the 1970s, two key ingredients in the weapons used in the U.S. war in Vietnam. Agent Orange is a chemical defoliant designed to kill plants and trees while napalm is an explosive that sticks to its targets. Dow joined other companies in paying out $180 million in compensation to U.S. military veterans who suffered health problems from Agent Orange but fought successfully to defeat a 2005 lawsuit by Vietnamese victims who suffered lasting illnesses and birth defects. 


Commodity chemical manufacturing.


Top 5 Offense Groups (Groups Defined)Penalty TotalNumber of Records
environment-related offenses$269,110,701174
financial offenses$1,900,0003
employment-related offenses$930,5833
safety-related offenses$829,09660
competition-related offenses$706,0003

(September 29, 2022)

Number of Records
Total Penalties
$273,955,380 (September 29, 2022)
Individual Records & Summaries
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Information in this section is drawn from the Violation Tracker database produced by the Corporate Research Project of Good Jobs First in Washington DC. It is the most comprehensive source of data on business violations of laws and regulations in the United States. For specific examples of misconduct, please click on the links.


Article Archive

Largest Sources of Cancer-Causing Ethylene Oxide Go Unnoticed

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Bloomberg Law
Amena Saiyid

Chemical plants in Louisiana and Texas release far more of the cancer-causing ethylene oxide gas than the Sterigenics medical sterilizer plant in Illinois, which snagged national headlines this year and was shut down by state regulators.

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Videos & Podcasts
DuPont: The Most Evil Business in the World
Holy Rosery Cemetery next to Dow Chemical in St Charles Parish - Video by Julie Dermansky


What caused a leak at Dow Chemical in La Porte?
Dow Chemical: On A Path To Poison The World
Dow Chemical: Destroying Our World
Protest against Dow Chemicals Olympic sponsorship
Activists protest against Dow chemicals plant in SAfrica
Bhopal Gas Tragedy: Victims protest, burn effigy of Dow Chemical CEO
DuPont Poisoning The World {BBC Documentary}


Other Key Sources
  • Corporate Rap Sheet on Dow IncCorporate Rap Sheets, which detail corporate wrongdoing by some of the world's largest companies, are written by Philip Mattera, who heads the Corporate Research Project of Good Jobs First in the U.S.
  • Mirador's profile on Dow Inc - Mirador is a project of the France-based NGO Research Group for an Alternative Economic Strategy (GRESEA), which monitors abuse carried out by the largest multinational corporations in France and the world.


Recent & Ongoing Campaigns
Campaigners dressed as wolves invade Davos in protest against ISDS ‘corporate courts’

CIDSE | January 23, 2019

*Action is taking place on January 23rd at 1 pm, in front of the Davos Library*. Campaigners dressed as corporate wolves will invade the streets of Davos, on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF), to protest the rights of corporations to sue governments under controversial “Investor State Dispute Settlement” (ISDS) provisions.

Pompton Lakes residents rally to oppose controversial cleanup plan

James M O'neil | North Jersey | October 12, 2017

Holding signs that said “DuPont clean up your mess” and “Don’t pinch pennies on our health,” a group of Pompton Lakes residents held a small rally Thursday, exhorting neighbors to voice their displeasure with a proposal to dilute contaminated groundwater beneath their homes by pumping clean water into the ground.

Protesters greet DuPont shareholders

Jeff Montgomery, and Esteban Parra | Delaware Online | May 13, 2015

The drama over DuPont's board of directors easily overshadowed a protest Wednesday outside the DuPont Co.'s shareholder meeting – an annual event that in the past has seen angry activists occupy a factory water tower and rappel down the Hotel du Pont.

DOW Chemical Anti Vietnam War Protests

Michigan in the World | March 26, 2015

On college campuses across the country, anti-war activists protested corporations, who were contracted by the government to make products for the military.

Major Investigations
& Lawsuits
Dow Chemical pesticide Chlorpyrifos caused kids’ brain damage, California lawsuits say

Associated Press | Chicago Sun Times | July 13, 2021

It’s approved for use on more than 80 food crops, including oranges, berries, grapes, soybeans almonds and walnuts, but California banned the sale of the pesticide last year and ended spraying this year.

Parents Sue Chlorpyrifos Makers Corteva, Dow Over Child’s Autism

Emily Dooley | Bloomberg Law | October 28, 2020

The farmworker parents of a girl with autism, obesity, and vision problems are suing Dow Chemical Co., Corteva, a California town, and two pesticide application companies, claiming that exposure to the powerful insecticide chlorpyrifos led to her significant health problems.

Dow Chemical agrees to $77 million settlement in pollution lawsuit

Sebastien Malo | Reuters | November 11, 2019

Dow Chemical Co has reached a $77 million deal with the federal government, the state of Michigan and a Native American tribe to fund environmental restoration projects to resolve a lawsuit accusing it of releasing hazardous substances for decades from a Michigan facility.

Dow Chemical settles SEC charges for failing to report ex-CEO's perks

Joshua Schneyer | Reuters | July 3, 2018

A three-year U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation found that Dow Chemical failed to properly disclose around $3 million in perks for former Chief Executive Andrew Liveris, ranging from personal use of company aircraft to sporting events and dues Dow paid to a charity Liveris chaired

Dow Chemical settles price-fixing case after Justice Scalia's death

Anet Josline Pinto | Reuters | February 26, 2016

Dow Chemical Co DOW.N agreed to pay $835 million to settle a decade-long lawsuit on price fixing, saying it had less chance of winning its petition at the Supreme Court after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Environmental Impact
Fatal chemical leak at a Texas chemicals facility

Rebecca Trager | Chemistry World | July 29, 2021

What caused 45 tonnes of a mixture including acetic acid to be released at La Porte, US, killing 2 and hospitalising 30, remains unclear

Shelter in place order issued in La Porte after chemical leak

Kris TV | July 21, 2021

Emergency officials in La Porte have issued a shelter in place order after a chemical leak in the city.

Dow Chemical pushes Trump to ignore evidence its pesticides damage 1,800 critically endangered animal species

Michael Bisecker | Independent | April 20, 2017

Dow Chemical is pushing the Trump administration to scrap the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species.

DuPont ordered to pay $2 million after jurors found ‘actual malice’ in suit over chemical linked to cancer

Berkeley Lovelace Jr. | CNBC | December 13, 2016

DuPont was ordered on Wednesday to pay $2 million after a jury found the company liable for diseases linked to a Teflon-making chemical, Reuters reported.

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Employment Practices
& Relations
Names of 2 killed in Texas chemical plant leak released

Independent | July 29, 2021

Authorities have released the names of two workers who died in a chemical leak at a Houston-area plant that also injured dozens of others

Workers Protest Lockout At Dow Chemical Plant In Deer Park

Florian Martin | Houston Public Media | April 25, 2019

Workers have been silently picketing outside the Dow chemical facility on Tidal Road in Deer Park since Monday, when the company locked out about 240 workers without pay or benefits.


Corporate Headquarters
2211 H.H. DOW WAY, MIDLAND MI 48674-2030
Most Recent Gross Revenue
$60.129 billion (2022) | source
Most Recent Net Revenue
$6.649 billion (2022) | source
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    Tax Havens
    & Evasion
    Supreme Court rejects Dow over $1 billion tax deduction claim

    Lawrence Hurley | Reuters | January 9, 2017

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear Dow Chemical Co's DOW.N bid to revive its claim to more than $1 billion in tax deductions based on partnerships the company entered into that lower courts said were created primarily to avoid tax liability and had no legitimate business purpose.

    Legalized Tax Fraud: How Top US Corporations Continue to Profit Through Offshore Tax Havens

    Bernie Sanders | Senate Press Release  | May 17, 2015

    The Business Roundtable (BRT), a coalition of CEOs from 201 of America’s biggest companies, are supportive of raising the retirement age for Social Security and Medicare to 70, cutting Social Security benefits, lowering the corporate tax rate, and adopting a “territorial” tax system that exempts the offshore profits of American corporations from U.S. taxes.

    Dow Chemical Loses $1 Billion Tax Shelter Case

    Accounting Today | February 27, 2013

    The Justice Department has won a tax shelter case involving Dow Chemical, in which the company was accused of creating approximately $1 billion in phony tax deductions in a scheme designed by Goldman Sachs and lawyers at King & Spalding.

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