EMEAI Sustainability Leader at The Dow Chemical Company
Óonagh McArdle is the EMEAI Sustainability Leader for Dow. Óonagh joined Dow in 2012 in the Integrated Supply Chain team in which she was pivotical in creating the ISC Sustainability Strategy Dow has today – as part of this strategy Óonagh led the implementation of their End-to-End Transparency goal within their supply chains, ensuring Dow supported the needs and expectations of their customers in relation to Environmental, Social and Governance Transparency. She also developed Dow’s Green Transportation Strategy to ensure safe, secure and sustainable logistics and collaboration with carriers to achieve this. Óonagh also led a number of projects with Dow customers to identify more sustainable alternatives to reduce carbon footprint within their logistical supply chains which included collaborative projects with customers such as Unilver and P&G – winning a Dow WRAP Award in 2014 for her work on payload optimisation to reduce carbon footprint with zero implementation costs to do so within Dow’s internal suppy chain network between Germany and the Netherlands.
In her role as EMEAI Sustainability Leader Óonagh continues to support Dow businesses across the region, guiding Dow businesses to embed sustainable business models and engage further with their value chain, harnessing innovative solutions and expertise to transition Dow and Dow customers to a more sustainable future.
As an advocator of employee engagement and promoting the business value of sustainability, Óonagh is the EMEAI Sustainability Network Leader and a Dow Social Media Ambassador.
Prior to Dow, Óonagh worked as a Consultant for PwC and prior to PwC worked for a number of local governmental agencies including Public Health; Environmental Agency and Agro-Food and Biosciences Institute.
Óonagh was selected as one of Sustainable Nation Ireland’s ’40 under 40′ Sustainability Leaders of the future in Ireland in 2016, in 2017 she was selected as 1 of 15 ‘Influential Women in Irish Logistics, Transport and Supply Chain 2017’ by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and was a winner of the CEF 2017 Sustainability Leadership Development Program.
Óonagh is a graduate of Queen’s University Belfast where she completed her degree in Geography & Sociology, going on to complete her post-graduate studies in Environmental Engineering and in 2017 obtained a MBA with specialisation in Sustainability Management with SUMAS Business School, Switzerland.