CEO Speaks: Dow's New Vow

CEO ANDREW LIVERIS SAYS HE'S TRADING IN THE COMPANY'S TOXIC PAST FOR A GREENER FUTURE

Dow Chemical has spent billions of dollars defending lawsuits derived from its production of dioxin, Agent Orange and other toxic substances. Now CEO Andrew Liveris is determined to turn the $46 billion conglomerate into a pre-eminent eco-friendly operation. TIME's WENDY COLE spoke with Liveris, 52, about going green, how the U.S.'s civil-justice system is dysfunctional and why he's not ready to buy a hybrid car yet.

You're eager to shed Dow's longtime image as an environmental pillager. How can you reclaim credibility?

A vocal minority believes that we're bad guys and all we do is pollute. That's totally inaccurate. Dow Chemical...

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