Fireside Chat: Dow’s ESG Program and our Path to Zero

  • Offering an overview of some of the challenges an organization like Dow faces when it sets itself on the Path to Zero
  • Walking through Dow’s planning and decision-making to transform how we do business, and how our successes fuel investment and support of continuous improvement
  • Discussing the important of people as catalysts for positive change: From top down and bottom up, how are we encouraging and developing the new ideas and initiatives that are making the difference?
  • How do new tools and technologies fit into the large conversation of our journey on the Path to Zero?
  • Showcasing Dow’s sustainability program in action based on real-world examples. What can we do today that we couldn’t do five years ago?
  • What are we going to be able to do five years from now that we are working on today?

John Sampson
SVP Operations, Manufacturing, & Engineering

John Sampson is Senior Vice President, Operations, Manufacturing & Engineering for Dow. In this role, Sampson presides over the Operations Leadership Team (OLT) and is accountable for the global Operations organization consisting of more than 22,000 employees worldwide. He is a member of Dow’s Leadership Team (LT), responsible for executing the Company’s strategy in addition to the Operations Team (OT), accountable for the Company’s productivity and performance. John is a member of the North Star Team chartered to drive Dow’s Customer Experience and Employee Experience to advance the evolution of Dow’s operating model. In addition, John serves as the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sadara Chemical Company.

Sampson recently served as a corporate officer at Olin Corporation, with executive oversight for managing the M&E, Manufacturing Services, Safety/Health & Environmental and Technology Center of Olin’s Chemical businesses. Prior to joining Olin in 2015, Sampson had a long career with Dow, beginning in 1983 in Louisiana in Polymers Research & Development.

He moved into the Manufacturing organization in 1988 and throughout his Dow career, held a wide range of positions. He was a business manufacturing leader and led sites in the U.S. and Europe including Dow’s Rhine Center facility in Germany and France from 2004 2007. He served as the global business director for Chlor Alkali and in 2011, he was named Manufacturing vice president, Chemicals & Energy. He was later named vice president of Environment, Health & Safety Operations for Dow.

John previously served on the Board of Governors for Argonne National Laboratory, the Steering Committee and the Advisory Committee of the National Safety Council’s Campbell Institute, the Board of Directors for Ducks Unlimited and was Vice Chair of the Chlorine Institute. John currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Midland Community Center and the Michigan Baseball Operations Board. John serves as executive sponsor of Dow’s Global Labor Relations Network and serves as executive sponsor of Dow’s Disability Employee Network (DEN), designed to
improve attraction, retention and advancement of employees with disabilities.

John holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Louisiana State University.

John is married and has one daughter. The family enjoys traveling and spending time with friends.