Dow CEO Jim Fitterling to be awarded the 2024 international palladium medal
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Dow CEO Jim Fitterling to be awarded the 2024 international palladium medal

Dow leverages its deep science background and customer insights to deliver innovative solutions to some of the world's greatest challenges

  • By ICN Bureau | February 07, 2024

The Socié té de Chimie Industrielle will award the 2024 International Palladium Medal to Dow Board Chair and Chief Executive Officer Jim Fitterling for his contributions to the chemical industry and his leadership in enhancing the international aims and objectives of the Socié té de Chimie Industrielle. Fitterling will receive the award at a dinner in his honor on May 8, 2024, at the New York Hilton Midtown.

The International Palladium Medal was established in 1958 and was first presented to Ernest-John Solvay of Belgium in 1961. Subsequent awards have been made to American, French, British, and German recipients biennially.

Jeff Kenton, Chairman of the Socié té de Chimie Industrielle Award Dinner and Marc Reisch, President of the Socié té , commented, "Jim has successfully led Dow since its split from DowDuPont by harnessing innovation and making Dow a more sustainable materials science company. Under his leadership Dow has also taken a leading role in efforts to end plastic waste in the environment. This combination of qualities makes him that rare, distinguished leader who is well matched with the criteria set forth by Socié té de Chimie Industrielle for this prestigious award. In addition to Jim's contributions to the chemical industry for which he receives this honor, he is as an advocate for diversity and inclusion and has supported non-discriminatory policies and workplace diversity."

Dow leverages its deep science background and customer insights to deliver innovative solutions to some of the world's greatest challenges. Since joining the Company in 1984, and throughout his career, Fitterling has helped lead Dow toward its ambition to be the most innovative, customer-centric, inclusive, and sustainable materials science company in the world.

Under Fitterling's leadership, Dow has accelerated environmental sustainability targets to put the Company on a path to achieving carbon neutrality and eliminating plastic waste. Through its Decarbonize & Grow and Transform the Waste strategies, by 2030 Dow will reduce its net annual carbon emissions by 5 million metric tons – a 15% reduction vs. its 2020 baseline – and commercialize 3 million metric tons of circular and renewable solutions annually.

A passionate advocate for inclusion, Fitterling leads Dow's drive to diversify its global talent and create an equitable workplace. He actively serves as Executive Sponsor of Dow's Global African Affinity Network, an Employee Resource Group (ERG), and is widely recognized for his work supporting LGBTQ+ non-discrimination and workplace equality. Fitterling serves on the Out Leadership Global Advisory Board, supporting their work to help CEOs and companies identify and realize the value that's created when all employees feel they belong.

Fitterling is Chair of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW) board, Chair of the FOSSI Advisory Board, member and past Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Manufacturers, and member and past Chair of the Board for The American Chemistry Council.

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