Corporate Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, The Dow Chemical Company
Dr. Neil C. Hawkins serves as the Chief Sustainability Officer and Corporate Vice President for Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) for The Dow Chemical Company, where he is in his 29th year of service. Hawkins is a global leader in sustainable business practices, EH&S management, and public policy platforms for global sustainable development. He led Dow’s 2025 Sustainability Goals development, which aim to help chart a new course for business in global sustainable development.
During his tenure, he has been the architect of many groundbreaking collaborations, including the Dow/Nature Conservancy Collaboration on valuing nature in business decisions, which won the Harvard Roy Family Award for Environmental Partnership, as well as the innovative Dow Sustainability Graduate Fellows Program at the University of Michigan.
Hawkins is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR); a member of the International Olympics Committee (IOC) Sustainability and Legacy Commission; chairman of WBCSD’s Green and Natural Infrastructure committee; a member of the CEO Advisory Board for Procter and Gamble; a Board Trustee of the Erb Family Foundation; and a member of the Committee on Global Policy and Government Affairs of the National Academies of the USA (NAS). Through NAS, he co-authored Sustainability and the U.S. EPA also known as the Green Book.
He was appointed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as the first business representative to the High Level Group of the GEO-6 global environment assessment. Since 2016, Hawkins has served at the request of Michael Bloomberg and Mark Carney as one of the few industry executives on the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures.
Hawkins earned the Corporate EcoForum’s 2012 C.K. Prahalad Award for sustainability leadership by an individual, and has been named one of the top 30 most influential sustainability voices on social media by The Guardian.
During his Dow career, Hawkins has served in many roles, including EH&S and Sustainability leadership at the business, site and enterprise levels; R&D; Public and Government Affairs; and Operations. He holds doctoral and master’s degrees from the Harvard University School of Public Health, as well as an undergraduate degree from Georgia Tech. He and his family are very active in advocacy for individuals with disabilities and are strong supporters of community and professional theatre, including The Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, Michigan. Hawkins has two daughters and resides in Midland, Michigan.