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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 8-K

CURRENT REPORT


Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):
November 3, 2017

THE DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
            
Delaware
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation)


1-3433
(Commission file number)



38-1285128
(IRS Employer Identification No.)



2030 DOW CENTER, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN 48674
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)
Registrant's telephone number, including area code: 989-636-1000
Not applicable
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K Filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

¨ Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

¨ Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)

¨ Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

¨ Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

Emerging growth company ¨

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ¨







Section 8 - Other Events
Item 8.01 Other Events.

The documents listed below (the "Documents") are required to be filed as exhibits to The Dow Chemical Company (the "Company") Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 (the "10-Q"). For administrative convenience and to avoid further increasing the size of the 10-Q, the Company is filing the Documents as exhibits to this optional Current Report on Form 8-K and will incorporate the Documents into the 10-Q by reference hereto.


Section 9 - Financial Statements and Exhibits
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d)
Exhibits.

Exhibit No.
Description
A copy of The Dow Chemical Company Executives' Supplemental Retirement Plan - Restricted and Cadre Benefits, as restated and effective September 1, 2017.
A copy of The Dow Chemical Company Executives' Supplemental Retirement Plan - Supplemental Benefits, as restated and effective September 1, 2017.
A copy of the retirement agreement dated July 12, 2017 between Joseph E. Harlan and The Dow Chemical Company.






 


SIGNATURE

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

THE DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY
Registrant
Date: November 3, 2017

/s/ RONALD C. EDMONDS
Ronald C. Edmonds
Controller and Vice President of Controllers and Tax





EXHIBIT INDEX
 
 
Exhibit No.
Description
A copy of The Dow Chemical Company Executives' Supplemental Retirement Plan - Restricted and Cadre Benefits, as restated and effective September 1, 2017.
A copy of The Dow Chemical Company Executives' Supplemental Retirement Plan - Supplemental Benefits, as restated and effective September 1, 2017.
A copy of the retirement agreement dated July 12, 2017 between Joseph E. Harlan and The Dow Chemical Company.



Exhibit


Exhibit 10(a)(iv)










THE DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY

EXECUTIVES’ SUPPLEMENTAL
RETIREMENT PLAN - RESTRICTED AND CADRE BENEFITS


Restated Effective September 1, 2017











































TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
 
 
Page

 
 
 
 
1

 
 
 
 
3

 
 
 
 
 
1.1.
Agreement and Plan of Merger
3

 
1.2.
Appeals Administrator
3

 
1.3.
Approved Service
3

 
1.4.
Beneficiary
3

 
1.5.
Board
3

 
1.6.
Cadre Benefits
4

 
1.7.
Cadre Employee
4

 
1.8.
Change Of Control
4

 
1.9.
Code
5

 
1.10.
Company
5

 
1.11.
Compensation
5

 
1.12.
DEPP
5

 
1.13.
Dow Controlled Group
6

 
1.14.
Employee
6

 
1.15.
ERISA
6

 
1.16.
Global Pension Relocation Policy
6

 
1.17.
Initial Claims Reviewer
6

 
1.18.
Key Employee
6

 
1.19.
Orion Merger
6

 
1.20.
Participant
7

 
1.21.
Plan
7

 
1.22.
Plan Administrator
7

 
1.23.
Plan Year
7

 
1.24.
Prior Company
7

 
1.25.
Restricted Benefits
7

 
1.26.
Separation From Service Date
7

 
1.27.
Separation From Service or Separates From Service
7

 
1.28.
Spouse
8

 
1.29.
VPHR
8

 
 
 
 
9

 
 
 
 
 
2.1.
Eligibility and Participation
9

 
2.2.
Termination of Active Participation
9

 
 
 
 
10

 
 
 
 
 
3.1.
Calculation of Restricted Benefits
10

 
3.2.
Vesting of Restricted Benefits
11


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3.3.
Cadre Benefits
11

 
3.4.
Benefit Calculations
12

 
3.5.
Duplication of Benefits
12

 
 
 
 
13

 
 
 
 
 
4.1.
Form of Payment
13

 
4.2.
Date of Payment
14

 
4.3.
Optional Lump Sum Distribution for Restricted Benefits and Cadre Benefits
15

 
4.4.
Change Of Control
17

 
4.5.
Benefit Payments Upon Death
17

 
4.6.
Permitted Accelerations of Distribution
17

 
4.7.
Permitted Delays in Distribution
18

 
4.8.
Administrative Provisions Regarding Distributions
19

 
4.9.
Disputed Payments and Refusals To Pay
20

 
 
 
 
21

 
 
 
 
 
5.1.
Source of Funds
21

 
5.2.
General Creditor
21

 
5.3.
Liability of the Company
21

 
5.4.
Assignment
21

 
 
 
 
22

 
 
 
 
 
6.1.
Duties And Powers of the Plan Administrator
22

 
6.2.
Designation of Additional Administrators and Allocation and Delegation of Administrative Responsibilities
22

 
6.3.
Decisions of Administrators
23

 
6.4.
Indemnification
24

 
6.5.
Claim and Review Procedure
24

 
6.6.
Commencement of Legal Action
26

 
6.7.
Forum Selection
27

 
 
 
 
29

 
 
 
 
 
7.1.
Amendment
29

 
7.2.
Termination
29

 
 
 
 
30

 
 
 
 
 
8.1.
Plan Is Binding
30

 
8.2.
Effect of Plan on Employer-Employee Relationship
30

 
8.3.
Governing Law
30

 
8.4.
Tax Withholding
30

 
8.5.
Savings Clause
31

 
8.6.
Notices
31


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8.7.
Waiver
31

 
8.8.
Reliance on Information Provided
31

 
8.9.
Plan Interpretation and Section 409A
31

 
8.10.
Plan Document
31

 
8.11.
Privilege
32

 
8.12.
Rules Of Construction
32



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PREAMBLE

Plan Establishment
On May 14, 1992, The Dow Chemical Company established The Dow Chemical Company Executives’ Supplemental Retirement Plan (the “Executives’ Supplemental Retirement Plan”) as an unfunded program of deferred compensation, which included Part A for non-U.S. service, non-controlled group service and/or non-covered controlled group service and Part B for employees whose benefits under the Dow Employees’ Pension Plan (the “DEPP”) are limited by sections 401(a)(17) and 415 of the Code. The Executives’ Supplemental Retirement Plan was amended and restated several times after its establishment, including to comply with the requirements of section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”) with respect to those amounts that are not grandfathered under section 409A. (The portion of the Executives’ Supplemental Retirement Plan consisting of amounts that were “earned and vested,” within the meaning of section 409A of the Code, prior to 2005 and are therefore exempt from the requirements of section 409A of the Code (“Grandfathered Amounts”) can be found in Appendix A of the document in effect on and before the Closing Date described below.)
In connection with the change of control resulting from the transaction described in the Agreement and Plan of Merger (as defined in Article I below), certain benefits accrued through the closing date of the transaction (the “Closing Date”) were paid to participants in a single lump sum pursuant to Section 4.01(b)(v) of the Executives’ Supplemental Retirement Plan. Effective as of the day after the Closing Date, Part A of the Executives’ Supplemental Retirement Plan was spun off to form this Plan, known as “The Dow Chemical Company Executives’ Supplemental Retirement Plan - Restricted and Cadre Benefits” (the “Plan”), and Part B of the Executives’ Supplemental Retirement Plan was amended, restated and renamed “The Dow Chemical Company Executives’ Supplemental Retirement Plan - Supplemental Benefits.”
Purpose
The purpose of the Plan is to provide certain management and highly compensated employees of The Dow Chemical Company and certain affiliated entities with retirement benefits as set forth herein, including benefits that are not otherwise provided by the DEPP, the Cadre Pension Plan or other plans maintained by The Dow Chemical Company or those affiliated entities.
Effect of Restatement
The changes made by this 2017 Restatement apply to all amounts deferred under the Plan, except:
to the extent otherwise indicated;

to the extent that any change would result in a “material modification” (within the meaning of the regulations under section 409A) of a Grandfathered Amount; or

that the vested accrued benefit of a Participant whose annuity starting date occurred on or before the Closing Date shall be the amount, as reflected in the Plan Administrator’s records, determined pursuant to the terms of the Executives’ Supplemental Retirement Plan in effect on the date of the Participant’s retirement, death or other termination of employment, unless otherwise provided in a subsequent amendment or restatement.


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Compliance With Applicable Law
The Plan is intended to (1) constitute an unfunded program maintained primarily for the purpose of providing deferred compensation for a select group of management or highly compensated employees consistent with the requirements of sections 201(2), 301(a)(3) and 401(a)(1) of ERISA, and (2) comply with section 409A of the Code and official guidance issued thereunder, to the extent legally required. Notwithstanding any other provision of the Plan, the Plan shall be interpreted, operated and administered in a manner consistent with these intentions.


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ARTICLE I

DEFINITIONS

1.1.
Agreement and Plan of Merger

“Agreement and Plan of Merger” shall mean the Agreement and Plan of Merger dated as of December 11, 2015 by and among Diamond-Orion HoldCo, Inc., The Dow Chemical Company, Diamond Merger Sub, Inc., Orion Merger Sub, Inc. and E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, as amended.
1.2.
Appeals Administrator

“Appeals Administrator” shall mean the person, group of persons, or entity responsible for reviewing adverse benefit determinations under the Plan, as described in DOL Reg. section 2560.503-1(h). The Global Benefits Director is the Appeals Administrator, except to the extent a different person, group of persons or entity is designated as the Appeals Administrator pursuant to Section 6.2(a) or the Global Benefits Director delegates his responsibility for deciding appeals to another person, group of persons or entity pursuant to Section 6.2(c).
1.3.
Approved Service

“Approved Service” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 3.1(a).
1.4.
Beneficiary

“Beneficiary” shall mean any legal or natural person or persons designated by a Participant to receive a benefit under the Plan in the event of the Participant’s death. Such designation shall be made in writing in accordance with rules prescribed by the Plan Administrator. The beneficiary of a Participant shall be deemed to be such Participant’s Spouse, if married, unless such Spouse agrees in writing to waive this right, or the Participant’s domestic partner, if the Participant and domestic partner are in an approved domestic partner relationship (as defined in the DEPP). If the Participant is not married or in an approved domestic partner relationship and fails to designate a Beneficiary, the amounts payable, if any, under this Plan due to the death of the Participant shall be paid in the following order: (a) to the children of the Participant; (b) to the beneficiary of the Company Paid Life Insurance of the Participant; (c) to the beneficiary of any Company-sponsored life insurance policy for which the Company pays all or part of the premium of the Participant; or (d) to the estate of the Participant. The written waiver requirement that applies to Spouses of Participants does not apply to domestic partners of Participants.
1.5.
Board

“Board” shall mean the board of directors of The Dow Chemical Company.

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1.6.
Cadre Benefits

“Cadre Benefits” shall mean the benefits described in Section 3.3.
1.7.
Cadre Employee

“Cadre Employee” shall mean an employee who has been authorized by Dow Europe GmbH to participate in the Cadre Pension Plan and who earns compensation while on assignment to the U.S.
1.8.
Change Of Control

A “Change of Control” under the Plan shall be deemed to have occurred on:
(a)
the date that any one person, or more than one person acting as a group, acquires ownership of stock of The Dow Chemical Company that, together with stock held by such person or group, constitutes more than 50 percent of the total fair market value or total voting power of the stock of The Dow Chemical Company;

(b)
the date that a majority of the members of the Board is replaced during any 12-month period by directors whose appointment or election is not endorsed by a majority of the directors before the date of the appointment or election;

(c)
the date that any one person, or more than one person acting as a group, acquires (or has acquired during the 12-month period ending on the date of the most recent acquisition by such person or persons) ownership of stock of The Dow Chemical Company possessing 30 percent or more of the total voting power of the stock of The Dow Chemical Company; or

(d)
the date that any one person, or more than one person acting as a group, acquires (or has acquired during the 12-month period ending on the date of the most recent acquisition by such person or persons) assets from The Dow Chemical Company that have a total gross fair market value equal to or more than 40 percent of the total gross fair market value of all of the assets of The Dow Chemical Company immediately before such acquisition or acquisitions, provided that the following asset transfers shall not result in a Change of Control: (i) a transfer of assets to a stockholder of The Dow Chemical Company in exchange for or with respect to its stock, (ii) a transfer to a corporation, 50 percent or more of the total value or voting power of which is owned directly or indirectly, by The Dow Chemical Company, (iii) a transfer to a person, or more than one person acting as a group, that owns 50 percent or more of the stock of The Dow Chemical Company, or (iv) a transfer to an entity, at least 50 percent of the total value or voting power of which is owned, directly or indirectly, by a person described in clause (iii).

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in subsections 1.8(a) through (d), however, a Change of Control with respect to benefits to which the Participant accrues a legally binding right on or after the closing date of the transaction described in the Agreement and Plan of Merger shall not include: (i) a transfer, sale or disposition of assets from The Dow Chemical Company to a person, corporation

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or other entity that occurs in preparation for or in connection with a Business Separation; (ii) the acquisition, disposition, transfer or distribution of stock of The Dow Chemical Company that occurs in preparation for or in connection with a Business Separation; (iii) a change in the membership of the Board that occurs in preparation for or in connection with a Business Separation; or (iv) any other event, action or transaction involving, or with respect to, The Dow Chemical Company or any of its affiliates or subsidiaries that would otherwise be described in Section 1.8(a) through (d) that occurs in preparation for or in connection with a Business Separation. A “Business Separation” is (A) any event, action or transaction described in or contemplated by (1) “The Intended Business Separations” section of the final proxy statement/prospectus filed by DowDupont Inc. (formerly known as Diamond-Orion HoldCo, Inc.) with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 10, 2016 regarding the separation of the agriculture businesses, specialty products businesses and material sciences businesses into three independent, publicly traded companies following the completion of the Orion Merger, or (2) Section 9.3 and Article X of the bylaws of DowDuPont Inc. as adopted upon the completion of the Orion Merger, and (B) any similar business separation, including any similar event, action or transaction involving the spin-off or split-out of entities or assets from the DowDuPont Inc. controlled group.
This definition of “Change of Control” is intended to satisfy the definition of a “change in the ownership or effective control of a corporation, or a change in the ownership of a substantial portion of the assets of a corporation” as defined in Treas. Reg. § 1.409A-3(i)(5) (or any successor provision thereto), and in no circumstance shall an event be treated as a Change of Control unless this Section 1.8 complies with such requirements.
1.9.
Code

“Code” shall mean the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.
1.10.
Company

“Company” shall mean The Dow Chemical Company and any other entity that is included in the Dow Controlled Group and that is authorized to participate in the Plan by the Board or the Plan Administrator.
1.11.
Compensation

“Compensation” shall mean compensation as defined under the DEPP, without regard to the limitations imposed by section 401(a)(17) of the Code and the definition of compensation under section 415 of the Code.
1.12.
DEPP

“DEPP” shall mean the Dow Employees’ Pension Plan.

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1.13.
Dow Controlled Group

“Dow Controlled Group” shall mean a controlled group of corporations within the meaning of section 414(b) or section 414(c) of the Code or an affiliated service group within the meaning of section 414(m) of the Code with respect to The Dow Chemical Company, and any other entity required to be aggregated with The Dow Chemical Company under section 414(o) of the Code.
1.14.
Employee

“Employee” shall mean someone who is employed by the Company to perform personal services in an employer-employee relationship who receives compensation from the Company, other than a retirement benefit, severance pay, retainer, or fee under contract.
1.15.
ERISA

“ERISA” shall mean the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended.
1.16.
Global Pension Relocation Policy

“Global Pension Relocation Policy” shall mean The Dow Chemical Company’s Global Pension Relocation Policy, as such policy may be amended from time to time.
1.17.
Initial Claims Reviewer

“Initial Claims Reviewer” shall mean the person, group of persons or entity responsible for deciding benefit claims under the Plan, as described in DOL Reg. § 2560.503-1(e) (i.e., first level claims for benefits). The Initial Claims Reviewer is the North America Retirement Programs Leader, except to the extent a different person, group of persons or entity is designated as the Initial Claim Reviewer pursuant to Section 6.2(a) or the North America Retirement Programs Leader delegates her responsibility for deciding claims to another person, group of persons or entity pursuant to Section 6.2(c).
1.18.
Key Employee

“Key Employee” shall mean a Participant who is a key employee within the meaning of Treas. Reg. § 1.409A-1(i), as determined in accordance with the procedures adopted by The Dow Chemical Company.
1.19.
Orion Merger

“Orion Merger” shall mean the transaction described in the Agreement and Plan of Merger.

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1.20.
Participant

“Participant” shall mean an Employee who has commenced participation in the Plan under Section 2.1 below and whose participation has not terminated under Section 2.2 below.
1.21.
Plan

“Plan” shall mean The Dow Chemical Company Executives’ Supplemental Retirement Plan - Restricted and Cadre Benefits as set forth herein, together with any and all amendments hereto.
1.22.
Plan Administrator

“Plan Administrator” shall mean the person, group of persons, or entity responsible for administering the Plan as provided in Section 6.1. Each of the Global Benefits Director and the North America Retirement Programs Leader is a Plan Administrator, except to the extent a different person, group of persons or entity is designated as the Plan Administrator pursuant to Section 6.2(a) or the Global Benefits Director or North America Retirement Programs Leader delegates his or her responsibilities to another person, group of persons or entity pursuant to Section 6.2(c).
1.23.
Plan Year

“Plan Year” shall mean the twelve month period beginning January 1 and ending December 31.
1.24.
Prior Company

“Prior Company” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 3.1.
1.25.
Restricted Benefits

“Restricted Benefits” shall mean the benefit described in Section 3.1.
1.26.
Separation From Service Date

A Participant’s “Separation from Service Date” shall mean the date on which the Participant experiences a Separation from Service.
1.27.
Separation From Service or Separates From Service

With respect to benefits to which the Participant accrues a legally binding right on or after the closing date of the transaction described in the Agreement and Plan of Merger, “Separation from Service” or “Separates from Service” shall mean a “separation from service” within the meaning of section 409A of the Code, except that:
a)
In applying section 1563(a)(1), (2), and (3) of the Code for purposes of determining a controlled group of corporations under sections 414(b) and (c) of the Code, and in applying Treas. Reg. § 1.414(c)-2 for purposes of determining trades or businesses that are under common control under section 414(c) of the Code, the language “at least 45 percent” is used instead of “at least 80 percent” each place it appears; and

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b)
The threshold “level of bona fide services” reduction, within the meaning of Treas. Reg. § 1.409A-1(h)(1)(ii), for determining whether a separation of service has taken place shall be less than 50 percent (instead of no more than 20 percent).

With respect to Participants who did not receive a single lump-sum payment in connection with the change of control resulting from the Orion Merger, “Separation from Service” or “Separates from Service” shall mean a “separation from service” within the meaning of section 409A of the Code, except that in applying section 1563(a)(1), (2), and (3) of the Code for purposes of determining a controlled group of corporations under sections 414(b) and (c) of the Code, and in applying Treas. Reg. § 1.414(c)-2 for purposes of determining trades or businesses that are under common control under section 414(c) of the Code, the language “at least 45 percent” is used instead of “at least 80 percent” each place it appears.
1.28.
Spouse

“Spouse” shall mean the person’s legal spouse as determined in accordance with IRS Revenue Ruling 2013-17 and other relevant guidance issued by the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor.
1.29.
VPHR

“VPHR” shall mean the Vice President of The Dow Chemical Company with senior responsibility for Human Resources.


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ARTICLE II

PARTICIPATION

2.1.
Eligibility and Participation

(a)
Each Employee who is determined by the Plan Administrator to be entitled to a Restricted Benefit shall be eligible to participate in the Plan.

(b)
Each Employee who is determined by the Plan Administrator to be subject to the Global Pension Relocation Policy and who was hired by an entity in the Dow Controlled Group prior to January 1, 2008 shall be eligible to participate in the Plan.

(c)
Each Cadre Employee who is determined by the Plan Administrator to have been authorized by Dow Europe GmbH to participate in the Company’s Cadre Pension Plan shall be eligible to participate in the Plan while such employee is on assignment to the U.S.

(d)
Each Employee shall furnish such information and perform such acts as the Company may require in order to maintain such eligibility.
  
2.2.    Termination of Active Participation

An otherwise eligible Employee shall cease to accrue benefits under the Plan upon the earliest of: (i) the Participant’s Separation from Service; (ii) the Participant’s death; (iii) the date the Participant’s employer ceases be part of the Dow Controlled Group; or (iv) written notification issued to the Participant that he or she is no longer eligible to participate in the Plan. Thereafter, participation shall continue only for the purposes of receiving a distribution of the benefits accrued and vested as of the date the Participant ceased to actively participate in the Plan.
If a Participant: (i) whose active participation in the Plan ceases because he has Separated from Service is rehired as an Employee; or (ii) whose active participation in the Plan ceases because he has been transferred to an entity in the Dow Controlled Group that is not a Company returns to employment with a Company, his eligibility to participate in, and benefits earned under, the Plan following his rehire or transfer shall be determined by the Plan Administrator in compliance with applicable Company policies and section 409A of the Code.


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ARTICLE III

RESTRICTED AND CADRE BENEFITS

3.1.
Calculation of Restricted Benefits

(a)
The amount of retirement benefits payable under DEPP to Participants who transfer from (i) a Dow foreign entity to a Dow U.S. entity covered by DEPP, (ii) a controlled group entity that does not participate in DEPP, or (iii) a non-controlled group entity or non-affiliated company (collectively, a “Prior Company”), may not include compensation and service with the Prior Company. The intent of this Section 3.1(a) is to provide Restricted Benefits designed to ensure that Participants, as named by the Plan Administrator, receive (I) eligibility and vesting service under DEPP for such service with a Prior Company, as determined by the Plan Administrator, and/or (II) a pension benefit based on their aggregate service (and compensation) rendered to Dow and the Prior Company, as determined by the Plan Administrator (the “Approved Service”), but that benefits attributable to such Approved Service do not result in a duplication of benefits. However, Restricted Benefits attributable to such Approved Service shall be reduced by the value of any benefit payable under the DEPP or any other tax-qualified retirement savings vehicle sponsored by a member of the Dow Controlled Group that is attributable to such Approved Service. For purposes of calculating the Participant’s Restricted Benefits, the amount of retirement benefits payable under DEPP to Participants with Approved Service shall be calculated as provided in Section 3.1(a)(i), (ii) or (iii), as determined by the Plan Administrator to be applicable to the Participant.

i.
No Proration Method.     Under this method, the Restricted Benefits shall be determined by counting the Approved Service as eligibility and vesting service under DEPP.

ii.
Equivalent Benefits Method. Under this method, the Restricted Benefits shall be determined by using the entire Approved Service as credited service, and such benefit shall be reduced by the accrued benefit under the plan maintained by the Prior Company, as determined under Section 3.1(a)(iv) below.

iii.
Proration Method. Under this method, the Restricted Benefits shall be determined under the proration rules set forth in the Global Pension Relocation Policy, and in accordance with Section 3.1(a)(iv) below.

iv.
Accrued Benefit Under the Prior Plan. The Employee’s accrued benefit under the plan maintained by the Prior Company shall be determined under the terms and provisions of such plan as of the date of the Employee’s transfer to this Plan. To the extent such plan provides a fixed value based on compensation and service (or other factors) earned prior to participation in this Plan, the value shall be fixed and determinable as of the date of transfer. To the extent such plan provides an accrued benefit that is not reasonably ascertainable as of the date of transfer, such benefit shall be determined based on objectively determinable factors set forth under such plan as of the date of transfer (e.g., conversion rate, age or service, interest rates, actuarial assumptions), and shall not be subject to the discretion of any Employee, Company, or Prior Company.


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(b)
The amount of retirement benefits payable under DEPP to Participants who transfer to (i) a Dow foreign entity not covered by DEPP, (ii) a member of the Dow Controlled Group that does not participate in DEPP, or (iii) a non-controlled group entity or non-affiliated company (each, a “Nonparticipating Company”), may not include compensation and service with the Nonparticipating Company. The intent of this Section 3.1(b) is to provide Restricted Benefits designed to ensure that Participants, as named by the Plan Administrator, receive (I) eligibility and vesting service under DEPP for such service with a Nonparticipating Company, as determined by the Plan Administrator, and/or (II) a pension benefit based on their Approved Service, but that benefits attributable to such Approved Service do not result in a duplication of benefits. Any such Restricted Benefits shall be determined under the proration rules set forth in the Global Pension Relocation Policy, and in accordance with the rules in Section 3.1(a)(iv), and shall be reduced by any benefit payable under DEPP or any other tax-qualified retirement savings vehicle sponsored by a member of the Dow Controlled Group that is attributable to such Approved Service.

(c)
For this purpose, the value of the DEPP benefit shall be determined under the terms of DEPP (as modified by Section 3.1(a) above) as in effect on the earlier of Separation from Service or death.     

3.2.
Vesting of Restricted Benefits

A Participant’s vested interest in his or her Restricted Benefit calculated under Section 3.1 (i.e., vesting percentage) shall be determined in accordance with the applicable vesting schedule in the Prior Plan (as described in Section 3.1(a)(iv) as in effect when the Participant transferred from the Prior Plan. Such vested interest shall be determined by aggregating service earned under the Prior Plan and the DEPP.

3.3.
Cadre Benefits

A Cadre Employee on assignment to the United States will receive the same defined benefit accrual schedule with respect to his or her service in the United States as would have applied under the Cadre Pension Plan if such individual had continued working outside of the United States (including death and disability benefits).  This Cadre Benefit shall be determined in accordance with Section 3.4 of the Cadre Pension Plan, based solely on the U.S. credited service, highest consecutive three-year average compensation, and U.S. annual accrual rate; provided, however, that the amount payable under this Plan shall also include any pay roll-up on the Cadre Pension Plan benefit if such benefit is determined using U.S.-sourced compensation. 


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3.4.
Benefit Calculations

(a)
For any Participant, the benefit under this Plan shall be the sum of the value of: (i) Restricted Benefits under Section 3.1, as applicable; and (ii) Cadre Benefits under Section 3.3, as applicable, minus (iii) the benefit paid to the Participant in connection with the change of control resulting from the Orion Merger and any other benefit paid to the Participant from the Plan.

(b)
Except as otherwise provided in the Plan, actuarial equivalence under the Plan shall be determined using the applicable actuarial factors in the DEPP as of the determination date.

3.5.
Duplication of Benefits

There shall be no duplication of benefits payable under this Plan and under any other plan sponsored by the Company, except as otherwise determined to be appropriate by the Plan Administrator. If a Participant, Spouse or other Beneficiary, or alternate payee, if any, shall be eligible for a benefit under any such plan other and shall also be eligible for a benefit hereunder based upon the same period of service by the Participant, then the amount of such other benefit due or paid to such Participant, Spouse or other Beneficiary (or the actuarial equivalent thereof where necessary or appropriate) shall be deducted from the benefit payable hereunder for such period of service, except as otherwise determined by the Plan Administrator. The Plan Administrator is further authorized to offset any benefit due hereunder as a result of benefits due or paid to a Participant, Spouse or other Beneficiary under another plan sponsored by the Company.


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ARTICLE IV

DISTRIBUTION OF RESTRICTED AND CADRE BENEFITS

4.1.
Form of Payment

(a)
Annuity Options

Subject to the special rules provided in this Section 4.1, a Participant’s vested Restricted Benefits and Cadre Benefits shall be payable in one of the actuarially equivalent life annuities described below. In the event the Participant does not select a form of payment, the following default provisions will apply. If a Participant is married or has a domestic partner (as defined in the DEPP) when the Participant Separates from Service, then the Participant’s vested Restricted Benefits and Cadre Benefits shall be paid in the form of a 100% joint and survivor annuity. If a Participant does not have a Spouse or domestic partner when the Participant Separates from Service, then the Participant’s vested Restricted Benefits and Cadre Benefits shall be paid in the form of a single life annuity. A Participant may elect an optional form of payment from the list of actuarially equivalent life annuities (within the meaning of Treas. Reg. section 1.409A-2(b)(2)(ii)) described below. The election of an optional form of payment by the Participant shall be made without regard to the timing or form of payment elected by the Participant under the DEPP and must occur prior to the month in which benefit payments under the Plan are scheduled to commence.
The optional forms of payment are:

A.    Single life annuity

B.    50% joint and survivor annuity

C.    100% joint and survivor annuity

For Restricted Benefits, to the extent the Participant is eligible to elect it, any of the three options described above - single life annuity, 50% joint and survivor annuity, or 100% joint and survivor annuity - with a Guaranteed Payout Option.
The Guaranteed Payout Option is an additional option elected in conjunction with one of the life annuities otherwise available as a form of distribution under the Plan. The Guaranteed Payout Option provides reduced benefits that are payable monthly during the Participant's and surviving annuitant's lifetime(s), with any remaining guaranteed payout amount paid in the form of a single lump sum payment in the first month following the death of the last annuitant. Unless a Participant has (i) accrued less than 10 years of Eligibility or Vesting Service (as determined under the Dow Employees' Pension Plan) and (ii) is considered Totally Disabled as defined under the Dow Employees' Pension Plan, a Participant may elect the Guaranteed Payout Option.

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The amount of the guaranteed payout shall equal the excess, if any, of (i) the Participant's account balance from a vested Restricted Benefit determined on the date the Participant Separates from Service over (ii) the sum of all monthly benefits payments made before the date of death of the last annuitant to die. The Guaranteed Payout amount shall be paid to the Participant's remaining Beneficiary as determined in Section 1.4.

(b)
Small Benefits

Notwithstanding the provisions in this Section 4.1, if the present value of a Participant’s vested Restricted Benefits (if any) and vested Cadre Benefits (if any) as of the date the Participant Separates from Service is equal to or less than $100,000, such benefits will instead be paid as a single lump sum payment at the time provided in Section 4.2(b). If a Participant has a benefit under this Plan and The Dow Chemical Company Executives’ Supplemental Retirement Plan - Supplemental Benefits, such benefits will be aggregated for purposes of determining if the $100,000 threshold is met, to the extent required by section 409A of the Code. This Section 4.1(b) shall apply, to the extent permitted by 409A of the Code, with respect to benefits to which the Participant accrues a legally binding right on or after the closing date of the transaction described in the Agreement and Plan of Merger.
4.2.
Date of Payment

(a)
Annuities

Subject to the delay for Key Employees, vested Restricted Benefits and vested Cadre Benefits shall be payable commencing in the first month following the Participant’s Separation from Service.
(b)
Small Benefits

Subject to the delay for Key Employees, a Participant’s vested Restricted Benefits and vested Cadre Benefits that satisfy the description of small benefits in Section 4.1(b) shall be paid as a single lump sum in the third month following the Participant’s Separation from Service.
(c)
Delay for Key Employees

Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event the Participant is a Key Employee, then upon the Participant’s Separation from Service, distribution of the Participant’s vested Restricted Benefit and vested Cadre Benefits shall be delayed until the seventh month following the date of the Participant’s Separation from Service (or if earlier, the date of the Participant’s death). Amounts otherwise payable to the Participant during such period of delay shall be accumulated and paid in the seventh month following the Participant’s Separation from Service, along with interest on the delayed payments.    

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4.3.
Optional Lump Sum Distribution for Restricted Benefits and Cadre Benefits

(a)
Eligibility and Payment

Notwithstanding any other provision of the Plan, a Participant who is eligible for Restricted Benefits or Cadre Benefits may receive such benefits in the form of a Lump Sum Distribution if the Participant meets the eligibility requirements of this Section 4.3. A “Lump Sum Distribution” is a single payment that is payable in the amount, on the terms and under the conditions set forth in this Section 4.3.
(i)
Eligibility

A Participant shall be eligible to elect a Lump Sum Distribution only if he meets the written eligibility requirements that are established by The Dow Chemical Company (acting through the VPHR or another officer, employee or committee to whom this responsibility is delegated), and that are in effect on the date the Participant submits his election pursuant to this Section 4.3. A Participant shall be notified in writing of his eligibility to elect a Lump Sum Distribution.
(ii)
Election of Lump Sum Distribution

A Participant who is eligible and wishes to elect a Lump Sum Distribution shall make his election in writing, on a form provided by the Plan Administrator for such purpose, and shall submit his election to the Plan Administrator at least 12 months before his Separation from Service Date.
In the event such Participant Separates from Service prior to the 12-month anniversary of the date he submitted his written election, his election shall be disregarded and his benefit shall be payable, if at all, in accordance with Section 4.1.
(iii)
Payment Date

A Lump Sum Distribution validly elected under this Section 4.3 shall be paid on the first day of the first month following the fifth anniversary of the Participant’s Separation from Service Date. For the avoidance of doubt, such date of payment is intended to comply, and shall be construed to comply, with section 409A(a)(4)(C)(ii) of the Code.
(iv)
Death

If a Participant who has validly elected a Lump Sum Distribution dies after Separation from Service but before such Lump Sum Distribution is paid to him, his Beneficiary shall be paid an amount based on the Lump Sum Distribution determined under this Section 4.3. Such amount shall be paid on the first day of the month immediately following the month in which the Participant’s death occurs.

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If a Participant who has elected a Lump Sum Distribution dies before Separation from Service, his election shall be void and his Beneficiary shall receive the payment set forth in Section 4.5(a).
If a Participant dies after receiving a Lump Sum Distribution, no death benefit shall be payable from the Plan on his behalf.
(v)
No Other Payments

Any amount paid to a Participant or his Beneficiary under this Section 4.3 shall represent the full benefit payable under the Plan to such Participant or Beneficiary, and shall be in lieu of any other payment that otherwise would have been made under the terms of the Plan.
(b)
Amount of Lump Sum Distribution

If a Participant is eligible for a Lump Sum Distribution under Section 4.3(a), the amount of his Lump Sum Distribution shall equal the sum of his Restricted Lump Sum Benefit and his Cadre Lump Sum Benefit, increased with interest from the Participant’s Lump Sum Determination Date through the payment date at the rate of return, compounded monthly, under the Ten-Year U.S. Treasury Note Plus Fund established under The Dow Chemical Company Elective Deferral Plan (Post-2004) (the “EDP”), or the comparable fund under the EDP if the Ten-Year U.S. Treasury Note Plus Fund is no longer offered under the EDP.
For purposes of these calculations:
(i)
Lump Sum Determination Date. The Participant’s Lump Sum Determination Date is the first day of the month immediately following the month in which such Participant’s Separation from Service Date occurs.

(ii)
Restricted Benefit. If a Participant is eligible for Restricted Benefits, his Restricted Lump Sum Benefit shall equal the net value of his Restricted Benefit expressed as an account balance, minus the benefit paid to the Participant in connection with the change of control resulting from the Orion Merger and minus any other benefit paid to the Participant from the Plan. Such amount shall be determined as of the Participant’s Lump Sum Determination Date by the Plan’s actuaries in accordance with Section 3.1 and such rules as may be prescribed by the Plan Administrator.

(iii)
Cadre Benefit. If a Participant is eligible for Cadre Benefits, his Cadre Lump Sum Benefit shall equal the net value of his Cadre benefit expressed as an account balance, minus the benefit paid to the Participant in connection with the change of control resulting from the Orion Merger and any other benefit paid to the Participant from the Plan. Such amount shall be determined as of the Participant’s Lump Sum Determination Date by the Plan’s actuaries in accordance with Section 3.3 and such rules as may be prescribed by the Plan Administrator.


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4.4.
Change Of Control

Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event of a Change of Control, a Participant’s vested Restricted Benefits and vested Cadre Benefits accrued under this Plan shall become payable immediately and shall be paid as a single lump sum payment within 90 days after the Change of Control, provided that the Participant shall not be able to designate the tax year in which such lump sum payment will occur. This section 4.4 shall not apply to Participants who are employees of Dow Corning Corporation in the case of a Change of Control that occurs prior to January 1, 2018.
4.5.
Benefit Payments Upon Death

(a)
Death Prior to Commencement of Benefit Payments

In the event of a Participant’s death before the month in which benefit payments commence under Section 4.2, death benefits equal to the Participant’s vested Restricted Benefits and vested Cadre Benefits shall be paid in the first month following the month in which the Participant dies. The death benefit shall be payable in a lump sum to the Participant’s Beneficiary.
(b)
Death after Commencement of Benefit Payments

In the event of a Participant’s death after benefit payments have commenced under Section 4.2, the death benefit, if any, payable hereunder shall be paid in accordance with the applicable form of payment specified in Section 4.1(a) and any optional form of payment elected by the Participant (if applicable).
4.6.
Permitted Accelerations of Distribution

A Participant’s benefits shall be paid earlier than the date(s) specified in Sections 4.2, 4.3 or 4.4 under the following circumstances, each only to the extent permitted under section 409A of the Code:
(a)
Ethics Agreement. To the extent necessary for the Participant to comply with an ethics agreement with the Federal government, and to the extent reasonably necessary to avoid the violation of applicable Federal, state or local ethics law or conflicts of interest law, to the extent permitted by Treas. Reg. § 1.409A-3(j)(4)(iii);

(b)
Income Tax Obligations. To comply with state, local or foreign tax obligations that apply to amounts deferred under the Plan before the amounts are paid or made available to the Participant, to the extent permitted by Treas. Reg. § 1.409A-3(j)(4)(xi);


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(c)
FICA Obligations. To the extent necessary to pay FICA tax on compensation deferred under the Plan and to pay federal state, local or foreign income tax at the source on wages resulting from the payment of such FICA tax, to the extent permitted by Treas. Reg. § 1.409A-3(j)(4)(vi);

(d)
Section 409A Violations. To the extent required to be included in income as a result of a violation of section 409A of the Code, to the extent permitted by Treas. Reg. § 1.409A-3(j)(4)(vii);

(e)
Debt Owed to the Company. To the extent necessary to satisfy a debt of the Participant to the Company and to the extent permitted by Treas. Reg. § 1.409A-3(j)(4)(xiii), where (i) such debt is incurred in the ordinary course of the employee-employer relationship, (ii) the entire amount used to satisfy such debt in any fiscal year of the Company does not exceed $5,000 and (iii) the offset against such debt is made at the same time and in the same amount as such debt otherwise would have been due and collected from the Participant;

(f)
Disputed Amounts. To the extent of any settlement between the Company and the Participant of an arm’s length bona fide dispute as to the Participant’s right to a deferred compensation amount under the Plan, and to the extent permitted by Treas. Reg. § 1.409A-3(j)(4)(xiv), provided that such settlement amount is at least 25 percent less than the present value of the disputed amount and is not made at the same time as or proximate to a downturn in the financial health of the Employer; and

(g)
Other Permissible Circumstances. In the sole discretion of the Plan Administrator, under any other circumstance permitted under section 409A of the Code.

4.7.
Permitted Delays in Distribution

Notwithstanding any other provision of the Plan to the contrary, amounts payable hereunder may be delayed after the date(s) specified under this Article 4 under the following circumstances, each to the extent permitted under section 409A of the Code:
(a)
§ 162(m). Payment may be delayed if the Company reasonably anticipates that if a payment were made as scheduled, the Company’s deduction with respect to such payment would not be permitted under section 162(m) of the Code, provided that payment shall be made upon the earlier of (i) the earliest date upon which the Company reasonably anticipates that the Company’s deduction of the payment will not be limited or eliminated by the application of section 162(m) of the Code and (ii) if the Participant experiences a Separation from Service, as soon as practicable following such Separation from Service in the calendar year of such Separation from Service (or, if later, no later than 2½ months following Separation from Service), subject to the delay, if applicable, set forth in Section 4.2(c).


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(b)
Federal Securities Laws. Payment may be delayed if the Company reasonably anticipates that the making of a payment would violate Federal securities laws or other applicable law, provided that the payment is made at the earliest date at which the Company reasonably anticipates that the making of the payment will not cause such violation; and

(c)
Other Events as Permitted by § 409A. Payment may be delayed upon such other events or conditions as may be permitted in regulations or other guidance issued under section 409A of the Code.

4.8.
Administrative Provisions Regarding Distributions

(a)
Domestic Relations Orders. Upon receipt of a valid domestic relations order, as determined by the Plan Administrator pursuant to Treas. Reg. § 1.409A-3(j)(4)(ii) and the domestic relations order procedures applicable to the Plan (the “Procedures”), that requires distribution of all or a portion of a Participant’s vested benefit under the Plan to an alternate payee, the required distribution(s) shall be paid to the alternate payee in accordance with such order, to the extent not already paid to a Participant or Beneficiary. Except as otherwise provided in the Procedures, however, a domestic relations order shall be valid with respect to the Plan only if it is a shared payment order (i.e., it assigns to an alternate payee all or a portion of the benefit payments that will be paid to the Participant if, as and when they are paid to the Participant). References in the Plan to Participants shall include alternate payees to the extent required by an applicable valid domestic relations order.

(b)
Incompetence. If the Plan Administrator determines that any person entitled to receive benefits hereunder is not physically or mentally capable of electing the time or form, or receiving or acknowledging receipt, of benefits under the Plan, the Plan Administrator may make benefit payments to the court-appointed legal guardian of the such person, to an individual who has become the legal guardian of such person by operation of state law, or to another individual whom the Plan Administrator determines is the appropriate person to receive such benefits on behalf of the person entitled to receive benefits.

(c)
Unclaimed Payments and Lost or Missing Participants. Benefits that the Plan is unable to pay because a Participant, Beneficiary, Spouse, domestic partner or other intended recipient has not been located, and benefit payments made by checks that are not cashed or deposited or by electronic funds transfers or other payment methods that are not completed and any benefits to which such benefit payments relate, shall be forfeited if the Plan is not able to locate the intended recipient, or the payment is not completed, within one year after the Plan first attempts to make the payment. The Plan Administrator is entitled to rely on the last address provided to the Plan by the intended recipient and has no obligation to search for or ascertain such individual’s whereabouts.

(d)
Incorrect Payment of Benefits. If the Plan Administrator determines in its sole discretion that the Plan made an overpayment of the amount of any benefits due any payee under the Plan, and that a correction is necessary or desirable under the law, then to the extent permitted by section 409A of the Code, the Plan may recover the amounts either by requiring the payee to return the excess to the Plan, by reducing any future Plan payments to the payee or by any other method deemed reasonable by the Plan Administrator.


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(e)
Administrative Delay. The Plan Administrator may make payment on any day later than the date specified in the Plan as a result of administrative delay to the extent that such payment is treated as being paid on the date specified in the Plan under Treas. Reg. section 1.409A-3(d), which generally permits payment to be made later within the same calendar year, or, if later, within 2½ months following the date specified in the Plan, provided that the Participant is not permitted to designate the taxable year of payment.

4.9.
Disputed Payments and Refusals To Pay

If a Participant or Beneficiary believes he is entitled to have received a benefit but has not received payment, the Participant or Beneficiary must accept any payment made under the Plan and make prompt, reasonable, good faith efforts to collect the remaining portion of the payment, as determined under Treas. Reg. § 1.409A-3(g). For this purpose (and as determined under such regulation), efforts to collect the payment will be presumed not to be prompt, reasonable, good faith efforts unless the Participant or Beneficiary provides notice to the Plan Administrator within 90 days of the latest date upon which the payment could have been timely made in accordance with the terms of the Plan and the regulations under section 409A of the Code, and unless, if not paid, the Participant or Beneficiary takes further enforcement measures within 180 days after such latest date. The requirements of this Section 4.9 shall be in addition to, and shall not supersede or be superseded by, the provisions of Section 6.5.


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ARTICLE V

FINANCING OF BENEFITS

5.1.
Source of Funds

The entire cost of providing benefits under the Plan shall be paid by the Company out of its current operating budget, and the Company shall not be required under any circumstances to fund its obligations under the Plan. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company may, at its sole option, informally fund its obligations under the Plan in whole or in part by the creation of book reserves, the establishment of a grantor trust, the purchase of insurance and other assets, or by other means. In no event shall any Participant or Beneficiary have any incidents of ownership of any such insurance contracts or other assets. In addition, no Participant or Beneficiary shall be named a beneficiary under any such insurance contract. If the Company informally funds the Plan, in whole or in part, the manner of such informal funding and the continuance or discontinuance of such informal funding shall be in the sole discretion of the Company.
5.2.
General Creditor

Participants and Beneficiaries shall be regarded as unsecured general creditors of the Company with respect to any rights derived by the Participants and Beneficiaries from the existence of the Plan. Title to and beneficial ownership of any Company assets (including any assets that may be held in trust) which may be used to satisfy the Company’s obligation for payment of benefits shall remain solely that of the Company.
5.3.
Liability of the Company

Nothing in this Plan shall constitute the creation of a trust or other fiduciary relationship between the Company, its agents, representatives or other employees dealing with the Plan and any Participant, Beneficiary or other person. The obligations of the Company under the Plan shall be limited to an unfunded and unsecured promise to pay.
5.4.
Assignment

Except as provided in Section 4.8(a) (regarding domestic relations orders), no benefit under the Plan shall be subject in any manner to anticipation, alienation, sale, transfer, assignment, pledge, encumbrance or charge, and any such attempt shall be void; nor shall any such benefit be in any manner liable for or subject to the debts, contracts, liabilities, engagements except as may be legally required.
This Section 5.4 shall not prevent the obligations and rights of the Company under this Plan to be encumbered in the event of the Company’s insolvency, however.


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ARTICLE VI

PLAN ADMINISTRATION

6.1.
Duties And Powers of the Plan Administrator

The Plan Administrator shall be responsible for the administration of the Plan and shall have the exclusive power and authority to control and manage the operation and administration of the Plan. However, any discretionary actions regarding Section 16 Employees, as defined by the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and determined by the Plan Administrator, are reserved for the Board.
The principal duty of the Plan Administrator shall be to see that the Plan is carried out in accordance with its terms. Except as provided in Sections 6.2 and 6.5, the responsibility and authority of the Plan Administrator shall include, but shall not be limited to, the following duties and powers:

(a)
To promulgate and enforce such rules and regulations and prescribe the use of such forms as he shall deem necessary or appropriate for the proper and efficient administration of the Plan;

(b)
To interpret the Plan and to resolve any possible ambiguities, inconsistencies and omissions therein or therefrom;

(c)
To decide all questions of fact arising under the Plan;

(d)
To prepare and disseminate communications to Participants and Beneficiaries as are necessary or appropriate to properly administer the Plan; and

(e)
To retain third party administrators, consultants, accountants, actuaries and other individuals or entities as he deems necessary or advisable to assist him in fulfilling his responsibilities under the Plan, consistent with The Dow Chemical Company’s guidelines on hiring and retention of outside service providers, monitor the performance of such individuals and entities, decide whether to discontinue the services of such individuals and entities, and make payment to such individuals and entities in accordance with the terms of the Plan; and

(f)
To settle or compromise any claim or dispute involving the Plan and enforce any release of a claim against the Plan or any covenant not to sue the Plan.

6.2.
Designation of Additional Administrators and Allocation and Delegation of Administrative Responsibilities

(a)
Designation of additional administrators. The Dow Chemical Company, as the Plan sponsor, may designate one or more persons, groups of persons, or entities to serve as the Plan Administrator, Initial Claims Reviewer or Appeals Administrator, in addition to or in lieu of the Plan Administrator, Initial Claims Reviewer or Appeals Administrator named in the plan document, through an action of the Board or through a written designation signed by the VPHR or the Global Benefits Director each acting individually, or such other person as the Board shall designate. Any such designation shall set forth in general or specific terms such designee’s responsibilities and authority, and the designee shall acknowledge in writing that he or it has agreed to take on such responsibility.


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(b)
Allocation of administrative responsibilities. The Plan Administrators may allocate their administrative responsibilities in a written document delineating the responsibilities and authority assigned to each administrator and, if applicable, the period for which such allocation shall be in effect. Similarly, if the Initial Claims Reviewer or the Appeals Administrator consists of more than one person, group of persons or entity, such Initial Claims Reviewer or Appeals Administrator may allocate its administrative responsibilities among such persons, groups of persons or entities in a written document delineating the responsibilities and authority assigned to each and, if applicable, the period for which such allocation shall be in effect.

(c)
Delegation of administrative responsibilities. The Plan Administrators, Initial Claims Reviewer and Appeals Administrator may designate other persons, groups of persons or entities to carry out their responsibilities under the Plan in a writing that sets forth the responsibilities assigned to the delegee and, if applicable, the period for which such delegation shall be in effect. Any such designation shall set forth in general or specific terms the delegee’s responsibilities and authority, and the delegee shall acknowledge in writing that he or it has agreed to take on such responsibility.

(d)
Authority of additional administrators and delegees. Unless the instrument designating an administrator or delegating authority to a delegee specifies otherwise, the designee or delegee shall have the same discretionary powers in carrying out such allocated or delegated responsibility as the allocator or delegor would have if it had carried out the responsibility itself, and the provisions of Section 6.3 shall apply to the administrator or delegee.

6.3.
Decisions of Administrators

(a)
The Plan Administrator, Initial Claims Reviewer and Appeals Administrator shall have the sole and absolute discretion to interpret Plan documents, make findings of fact and decide any matters arising with respect to their assigned duties and powers under the Plan, and may adopt such rules and procedures as they deem necessary, desirable or appropriate to carry out their responsibilities under the Plan. In particular: (i) the Plan Administrator shall have the sole and absolute discretion to decide administrative issues and to exercise the duties and powers set forth in Section 6.1 and shall have such discretionary power as may be necessary in order to carry out those duties and powers; and (ii) the Initial Claims Reviewer and Appeals Administrator shall have the sole and absolute discretion to decide claims and appeals as described in Section 6.5 and to exercise the duties and powers set forth in Section 6.5, and shall have such discretionary power as may be necessary in order to carry out those duties and powers.


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(b)
The determinations and rules of the Plan Administrator, Initial Claims Reviewer and Appeals Administrator or other administrator upon any question of fact, interpretation, definition or procedure relating to the Plan or any other matter relating to the Plan shall be conclusive and binding on all persons having an interest in the Plan, except that (i) the determinations of the Initial Claims Reviewer are subject to review by the Appeals Administrator; and (ii) the determinations of the Initial Claims Reviewer and the Appeals Administrator are subject to the interpretations of the Plan document by the Plan Administrator. If challenged in court, the determinations of the Plan Administrator, Initial Claims Reviewer and Appeals Administrator shall not be subject to de novo review and shall not be overturned unless proven to be arbitrary and capricious based upon the evidence presented to or considered by Plan Administrator, Initial Claims Reviewer or Appeals Administrator at the time of its determination.

6.4.
Indemnification

The Plan Administrator, Initial Claims Reviewer, Appeals Administrator, any delegee of the Plan Administrator, Initial Claims Reviewer or Appeals Administrator (irrespective of whether such delegation is provided in writing, orally or by action), and any officer, employee, or former employee of a Company who acts on behalf of the Plan Administrator, Initial Claims Reviewer, Appeals Administrator, or delegee with respect to the Plan, is entitled to all indemnification rights provided to a person in these roles under The Dow Chemical Company’s Bylaws (and any future enhancements to those rights), including indemnification under Section 6.1 and Section 6.2 of The Dow Chemical Company’s Bylaws (or any successor provisions thereto). Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing in this indemnification provision extends any indemnification rights to any third-party service providers, except for any indemnification rights that may be provided in written contracts between The Dow Chemical Company or the Plan and such third-party service providers.
6.5.
Claim and Review Procedure

(a)
Initial Claims. If the Initial Claims Reviewer receives a written claim for benefits from a Participant or other individual, the Initial Claims Reviewer shall review such claim in accordance with this Section 6.5. If the Initial Claims Reviewer determines that such claim should be denied in whole or in part, the Initial Claims Reviewer shall, in writing, notify such claimant within 90 days of receipt of such claim that his claim has been denied, unless special circumstances require an extension of time for processing. If an extension is required, the Initial Claims Reviewer shall give the claimant written notice and reason for the need for extension and the date by which a decision is expected within the original 90-day period. In no event shall the decision take longer than 180 days after receipt of the claim. If the claim is denied, the Initial Claims Reviewer shall set forth in writing the specific reasons for such denial and such notification shall:

i.
state the reason why the claim is being denied;

ii.
set forth the pertinent sections of the Plan relied upon;


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iii.
if applicable, set forth an explanation of any additional material or information necessary for the claimant to perfect his claim and an explanation of why such material or information is necessary; and

iv.
set forth an explanation of how the claimant can obtain review of such denial, including a statement of the claimant’s right to bring a civil action following an adverse benefit determination.

The claimant may submit written comments, documents, records and other information relating to the claim for benefits. Further, the claimant shall be provided, upon request, and free of charge, reasonable access to, and copies of, all documents, records and other information relevant to the claimant’s claim for benefits.
(b)
Appeals. Within 60 days after receipt by the claimant of such notice, such claimant may request, by mailing or delivery of written notice to the Appeals Administrator, a review by the Appeals Administrator of the decision denying the claim. If the claimant fails to request such a review within such 60-day period, it shall be conclusively determined for all purposes of this Plan that the denial of such claim by the Initial Claims Reviewer is correct.

The Appeals Administrator shall notify a claimant of its determination on appeal within a reasonable period of time, but not later than 60 days after receipt of the claimant’s request for review, unless the Appeals Administrator determines that special circumstances require an extension of time for processing the appeal. If the Appeals Administrator determines that an extension of time for processing the appeal is required, written notice of the extension shall be furnished to the claimant prior to the termination of the initial 60-day period. In no event shall such extension exceed a period of 60 days from the end of the initial period. The extension notice shall indicate: (i) the special circumstances necessitating the extension and (ii) the date by which the Appeals Administrator expects to render a determination.
If the claim is denied, the Appeals Administrator shall set forth in writing the specific reasons for such denial and such notification shall:
(i)
state the reason for denial of the claim;

(ii)
set forth the pertinent Sections of the Plan relied upon; and

(iii)
state that the claimant may bring a civil action under ERISA section 502(a) in federal court, provided the claimant institutes such legal proceeding within the time periods provided in Section 6.6.

The claimant shall be provided, upon request, and free of charge, reasonable access to, and copies of, all documents, records and other information relevant to the claimant’s claim for benefits.

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A claim for a benefit under this Section 6.5 shall include any Applicable Claim as defined in Section 6.6.
6.6.
Commencement of Legal Action

(a)
An Applicable Claim may not be filed in any court until the claimant has exhausted the claims review procedures described in Section 6.5, and unless such claim or action is filed in a court with jurisdiction over such claim or action no later than the earlier of: (I) 180 days after the mailing or delivery of the adverse determination by the Appeals Administrator; or (II) one year after:

(i)
in the case of a claim or action to recover benefits allegedly due to the claimant under the terms of the Plan or to clarify the claimant’s rights to future benefits under the terms of the Plan, the earliest of (i) the date the first benefit payment was actually made, (ii) the date the first benefit payment was allegedly due, and (iii) the date the Plan first repudiated its alleged obligation to provide such benefits (regardless of whether such repudiation occurred before or during the administrative review process),

(ii)
in the case of a claim or action to enforce an alleged right under the Plan (other than a right to benefits which are subject to Section 6.6 (a)(i)), the date the Initial Claims Reviewer or Appeals Administrator first denied the claimant’s request to exercise such right, regardless of whether such denial occurred during the administrative review process,

(iii)
in the case of any other claim or action described in Section 6.6 (b)(iv), the earliest date on which the claimant knew or should have known of the material facts on which such claim or action is based, regardless of whether the claimant was aware of the legal theory underlying the claim or action,

provided that if a request for administrative review, timely made in accordance with Section 6.5, is pending before the Initial Claims Reviewer or Appeals Administrator when the period described in this Section 6.6 expires, the deadline for filing such claim or action in a court with proper jurisdiction shall be extended to the date that is 180 days after the mailing or delivery of the adverse determination by the Appeals Administrator.
The period described by this Section 6.6 is hereafter referred to as the “Applicable Limitations Period.” The Applicable Limitations Period replaces and supersedes any limitations period ending at a later time that might otherwise be deemed applicable under state or federal law in the absence of this Section 6.6. Except as provided in the following two sentences, a claim or action filed after the expiration of the Applicable Limitations Period shall be deemed time-barred. The Applicable Limitations Period may be extended by the VPHR or his designee in his sole discretion upon a showing of exceptional circumstances that, in the opinion of the VPHR or his designee provide good cause for an extension. The exercise of this discretion is committed solely to the VPHR or his designee, and is not subject to review.

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(b)
For purposes of this Section 6.6, an Applicable Claim is:

(i)
a claim or action to recover benefits allegedly due under the provisions of the Plan or by reason of any law,

(ii)
a claim or action to clarify rights to future benefits under the Plan,

(iii)
a claim or action to enforce rights under the Plan, or

(iv)
any other claim or action that (i) relates to the Plan, and (ii) seeks a remedy, ruling, or judgment of any kind against the Plan, the Company, the Plan Administrator, the Initial Claims Reviewer, the Appeals Administrator or any delegee of the Plan Administrator, Initial Claims Reviewer or Appeals Administrator, or any officer, employee, or former employee of The Dow Chemical Company or any entity within the Dow Controlled Group or other person who acts on behalf of the Plan.

(c)
In the event of any Applicable Claim brought by or on behalf of two or more claimants, this Section 6.6, including the Applicable Limitations Period, shall apply separately with respect to each claimant.

6.7.
Forum Selection

(a)
To the fullest extent permitted by law, any putative class action lawsuit relating to the Plan, the lawfulness of any Plan provision, the administration of the Plan or the performance or non-performance of a Plan Administrator, Initial Claims Reviewer, Appeals Administrator, their delegees or any officer, employee or former employee of The Dow Chemical Company or any entity within the Dow Controlled Group or other persons who act on their behalf with respect to the Plan shall be filed in one of the following jurisdictions: (i) the jurisdiction in which the Plan is principally administered, which is currently within the territorial boundaries of the Northern Division of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan; or (ii) the jurisdiction in which the largest number of putative class members resides (or if that jurisdiction cannot be determined, the jurisdiction in which the largest number of class members is reasonably believed to reside).

(b)
If any putative class action within the scope of paragraph (a) above is filed in a jurisdiction other than one of those described in paragraph (a), or if any non-class action filed in such a jurisdiction is subsequently amended or altered to include class action allegations, then the Plan, all parties to such action that are related to the Plan, including all alleged Participants and Beneficiaries, shall take all necessary steps to have the action removed to, transferred to or re-filed in a jurisdiction described in paragraph (a). Such steps may include, but are not limited to, (i) a joint motion to transfer the action; or (ii) a joint motion to dismiss the action without prejudice to its re-filing in a jurisdiction described in paragraph (a), with any applicable time limits or statutes of limitations applied as if the suit or class action allegation had originally been filed or asserted in a jurisdiction described in paragraph (a) at the same time that it was filed or asserted in a jurisdiction not described therein.


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(c)
This provision does not relieve any putative class member from any obligation existing under the Plan or by law to exhaust administrative remedies before initiating litigation.


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ARTICLE VII

AMENDMENT AND TERMINATION OF THE PLAN

7.1.
Amendment

The Dow Chemical Company reserves the right amend the Plan at any time, with or without notice, retroactively or prospectively, to the full extent permitted by law. An action to amend the Plan may be taken by: (1) resolution of the Board; (2) action of the Benefits Governance and Finance Committee, the President, Chief Financial Officer, VPHR, or Global Benefits Director, each acting individually; or (3) action of any other person or persons duly authorized by the Board to take such action.
Notwithstanding the foregoing: (i) an amendment that affects only Section 16 Employees, as defined by the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and determined by the Plan Administrator, shall not be valid unless it is adopted or approved by the Board; (ii) any amendment shall have prospective application only and shall not reduce a Participant’s right to benefits accrued and vested under the Plan as of the effective date of such amendment; and (iii) no amendment of the Plan shall apply to amounts that were earned and vested (within the meaning of section 409A of the Code and regulations thereunder) under the Plan prior to 2005, unless the amendment specifically provides that it applies to such amounts. The purpose of this restriction is to prevent a Plan amendment from resulting in an inadvertent “material modification” to amounts that are “grandfathered” and exempt from the requirements of section 409A of the Code.
Any amendment of the Plan must be reviewed by an attorney in The Dow Chemical Company’s Legal Department.
The authority of the Benefits Governance and Finance Committee, the President, Chief Financial Officer, VPHR, and Global Benefits Director to amend the Plan under this Section 7.1 may not be delegated.
7.2.
Termination

The Board reserves the right to terminate the Plan, subject to the conditions set forth in this Section 7.2. A plan termination pursuant to this Section 7.2 shall be performed in a manner consistent with the requirements of section 409A of the Code and any regulations or other applicable guidance issued thereunder.
Except as provided in this Section 7.2, no termination of the Plan shall reduce a Participant’s right to benefits accrued and vested under the Plan as of the effective date of such termination. Upon termination of the Plan, distributions shall be made to Participants and Beneficiaries in the manner and at the time described in Article IV, unless the Company determines in its sole discretion that all such amounts shall be distributed upon termination in accordance with the requirements of section 409A of the Code. Upon termination of the Plan, no further benefit accruals shall be permitted.


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ARTICLE VIII

MISCELLANEOUS

8.1.
Plan Is Binding

This Plan shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the Company, its successors, Participants, Beneficiaries, and their respective successors, assigns, heirs, personal representatives, executors, administrators, and legatees.
8.2.
Effect of Plan on Employer-Employee Relationship

(a)
Nothing contained herein shall in any manner affect any employment relationship between the Company and any Employee or other individual, nor shall anything contained herein be construed to enlarge upon or to add, directly or indirectly, to the employment rights of any individual, except the right to become eligible to become a Participant under the Plan subject to and as provided in the Plan document.

(b)
The action of the Company in creating or amending the Plan or any other action, either by the Company or by its employees, contemplated hereunder shall not be construed to constitute or evidence any employer-employee relationship between the Company and its employees. The Company shall have the absolute right at any time to deal with any of its employees from the standpoint of the employer-employee relationship as if the Plan had never been created.

8.3.
Governing Law

The Plan shall be administered, construed and enforced in accordance with ERISA, and to the extent that ERISA has not preempted the laws of the State of Texas, the laws of the State of Texas shall apply, excluding any conflicts or choice of law rule or principle that might otherwise refer construction or interpretation of this provision to the substantive law of another jurisdiction.
8.4.
Tax Withholding

The Company shall have the right to withhold taxes from any payments made pursuant to the Plan, or make such other provisions as it deems necessary or appropriate to satisfy its obligations to withhold federal, state, local or foreign income or other taxes incurred by reason of payments pursuant to the Plan. In lieu thereof, the Company shall have the right, to the extent permitted by section 409A of the Code and other provisions of law, to withhold the amount of such taxes from any other sums due or to become due from the Company to the Participant or any Beneficiary, upon such terms and conditions as the Company may prescribe.

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8.5.
Savings Clause

If any provision of the Plan should be held illegal or invalid for any reason, such illegality or invalidity shall not affect the remaining parts of the Plan, and the Plan shall be construed and enforced as if such illegal or invalid provision had never been inserted herein.
8.6.
Notices

No notice, election or communication in connection with the Plan made or submitted by any Participant, Employee, claimant or other person shall be effective unless duly executed and filed with the Plan Administrator in the form and manner required by the Plan Administrator.
8.7.
Waiver

No term, condition, or provision of the Plan shall be deemed waived unless the purported waiver is in writing signed by the Plan Administrator. No waiver signed by the Plan Administrator shall be deemed a continuing waiver unless so specifically stated in the writing, and any such waiver shall operate only for the stated period and only as to the specific term, condition, or provision waived.
8.8
Reliance on Information Provided

The Company, Plan Administrator, Initial Claims Reviewer, Appeals Administrator, and any person to whom the Plan’s operation or administration is delegated may rely conclusively on any advice, opinion, valuation, or other information furnished by any actuary, accountant, appraiser, legal counsel, or physician whom such entity or person engages or employs. A good faith action or omission based on this reliance is binding on all parties, and no liability can be incurred for it except as the law requires.
8.9.
Plan Interpretation and Section 409A

Notwithstanding the other provisions hereof, to the extent legally required, the Plan shall be construed and interpreted to comply with section 409A of the Code and if necessary, any provision shall be held null and void to the extent such provision (or part thereof) fails to comply with section 409A of the Code or regulations thereunder. However, in no event shall the Plan, the Plan Administrator, the Initial Claims Reviewer, the Appeals Administrator, their delegees, the Company, its officers, directors, employees, former employees, parents, subsidiaries, or affiliates be liable for any additional tax, interest, or penalty incurred by a Participant, Beneficiary or any other person as a result of the Plan’s failure to satisfy the requirements of section 409A of the Code, or as a result of the Plan’s failure to satisfy any other applicable requirements for the deferral of tax.
8.10.
Plan Document

(a)
Scrivener’s errors. The Plan shall be applied and interpreted without regard to any scrivener’s error in this instrument. The determination whether a scrivener’s error has occurred shall be made by the VPHR in the exercise of his best judgment and sole discretion, based on his understanding of the intent of The Dow Chemical Company as settlor of the Plan, and taking into account such evidence, written or oral, as he deems appropriate or helpful. The VPHR is authorized to correct any scrivener’s errors he discovers in this instrument, retroactively or prospectively.


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(b)
Plan document controls over prior agreements. Notwithstanding the provisions of any agreement that was entered into with a Participant on or before December 31, 2008, the terms of the Plan shall control the accrual of any benefits and the payment of any benefits under this Plan. The terms of the Plan shall supersede the applicable terms of any such agreements that purported to control the accrual and payment of nonqualified deferred compensation benefits under this Plan.

8.11.
Privilege

If The Dow Chemical Company or other Company (or a person or entity acting on behalf of The Dow Chemical Company or other Company) or a Plan Administrator, Initial Claims Reviewer, Appeals Administrator, any delegee of the Plan Administrator, Initial Claims Reviewer or Appeals Administrator, or any officer, employee, or former employee of The Dow Chemical Company or any entity within the Dow Controlled Group (an “Advisee”) engages an attorney, accountant, actuary, consultant, or other person or entity to advise the Advisee on issues related to the Plan or the Advisee’s responsibilities under the Plan (an “Advisor”):
(a)
The Advisor’s client is the Advisee and not any Participant, Employee, Beneficiary, Spouse or domestic partner, alternate payee, claimant, or other person;  

(b)
The Advisee shall be entitled to preserve the attorney-client privilege and any other privilege accorded to communications with the Advisor, and all other rights to maintain confidentiality, to the full extent permitted by law; and

(c)
No Participant, Employee, Beneficiary, Spouse or domestic partner, alternate payee, claimant, or other person shall be permitted to review any communication between the Advisee and any of its or his Advisors with respect to whom a privilege applies, unless mandated by a court order.

8.12.
Rules Of Construction

For purposes of the Plan, unless the contrary is clearly indicated by the context:
(a)
the use of the masculine gender in this Plan shall also include within its meaning the feminine gender and vice versa;

(b)
the use of the singular shall also include within its meaning the plural and vice versa;


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(c)
the word “include” shall mean to include, but not to be limited to;

(d)
any reference to a statute or section of a statute shall further be a reference to any successor or amended statute or section, and any regulations or other guidance of general applicability issued thereunder;

(e)
the title of an officer, employee, or entity used in this Plan (including, but not limited to, the title(s) referred to in the definitions of Plan Administrator, Initial Claims Reviewer, and Appeals Administrator), means the respective officer, employee, or entity of The Dow Chemical Company and means any successor title to such position as such title may be changed from time to time;

(f)
references to a Plan Administrator, Appeals Administrator, Initial Claims Reviewer, officer or employee of the Company, or other person or entity with responsibility or authority under the Plan shall include delegees (if any) of such entity or person, with respect to such entity’s or person’s delegated responsibilities; and

(g)
the captions and headings of each article, section, paragraph, and other provision of the Plan are for convenience and reference only and are not to be considered in interpreting the terms and conditions of the Plan.

[SIGNATURE PAGE FOLLOWS]


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*
*
*
 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Global Benefits Director of Dow, who has been authorized and empowered by The Dow Chemical Company to amend and restate the Plan, has caused this restatement of the Plan to be executed on the date written below.


/s/ BRYAN JENDRETZKE
 
 
Bryan Jendretzke
 
 
Global Benefits Director
 
 
The Dow Chemical Company
 
 
 
 
 
Reviewed by Plan Administrator:
 
/s/ MARIA CURRERI
 
 
Maria Curreri
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reviewed by Legal Department:
 
/s/ BRITA JOHNSON
 
 
Brita Johnson

Dated: August 31, 2017


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Exhibit


Exhibit 10(a)(v)






THE DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY

EXECUTIVES’ SUPPLEMENTAL
RETIREMENT PLAN - SUPPLEMENTAL BENEFITS


Restated Effective September 1, 2017











































TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
 
 
Page

 
 
 
 
1

 
 
 
 
3

 
 
 
 
 
1.1.
Agreement and Plan of Merger
3

 
1.2.
Appeals Administrator
3

 
1.3.
Beneficiary
3

 
1.4.
Benefit Conversion Factor
3

 
1.5.
Board
3

 
1.6.
Change Of Control
4

 
1.7.
Code
5

 
1.8.
Company
5

 
1.9.
Compensation
5

 
1.10.
DEPP
5

 
1.11.
Dow Controlled Group
5

 
1.12.
Dow Corning Appendix
5

 
1.13.
DEPP Component
6

 
1.14.
DEPP Component Supplemental Retirement Benefits
6

 
1.15.
Employee
6

 
1.16.
ERISA
6

 
1.17.
Initial Claims Reviewer
6

 
1.18.
Key Employee
6

 
1.19.
Orion Merger
6

 
1.20.
Participant
6

 
1.21.
Plan
7

 
1.22.
Plan Administrator
7

 
1.23.
Plan Year
7

 
1.24.
PPA Component
7

 
1.25.
PPA Component Supplemental Retirement Benefits
7

 
1.26.
Rohm And Haas Appendix
7

 
1.27.
Separation From Service Date
7

 
1.28.
Separation From Service or Separates From Service
7

 
1.29.
Spouse
8

 
1.30.
VPHR
8

 
 
 
 
9

 
 
 
 
 
2.1.
Eligibility and Participation
9

 
2.2.
Termination of Active Participation
9

 
 
 
 
10

 
 
 
 
 
3.1.
DEPP Component Supplemental Retirement Benefits
10


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3.2.
PPA Component Supplemental Retirement Benefits
10

 
3.3.
Actuarial Equivalence
11

 
3.4.
Duplication of Benefits
11

 
 
 
 
12

 
 
 
 
 
4.1.
Form of Payment of Supplemental Retirement Benefits
12

 
4.2.
Date of Payment Of Supplemental Retirement Benefits
13

 
4.3.
Optional Lump Sum Distribution for DEPP Component Supplemental Retirement Benefits
14

 
4.4.
Change of Control
16

 
4.5.
Benefit Payments Upon Death
16

 
4.6.
Permitted Accelerations of Distribution
17

 
4.7.
Permitted Delays in Distribution
18

 
4.8.
Administrative Provisions Regarding Distributions
18

 
4.9.
Disputed Payments and Refusals To Pay
19

 
 
 
 
20

 
 
 
 
 
5.1.
Source of Funds
20

 
5.2.
General Creditor
20

 
5.3.
Liability of the Company
20

 
5.4.
Assignment
20

 
 
 
 
21

 
 
 
 
 
6.1.
Duties And Powers of the Plan Administrator
21

 
6.2.
Designation of Additional Administrators and Allocation and Delegation of Administrative Responsibilities
21

 
6.3.
Decisions of Administrators
22

 
6.4.
Indemnification
23

 
6.5.
Claim and Review Procedure
23

 
6.6.
Commencement of Legal Action
25

 
6.7.
Forum Selection
26

 
 
 
 
28

 
 
 
 
 
7.1.
Amendment
28

 
7.2.
Termination
28

 
 
 
 
29

 
 
 
 
 
8.1.
Plan Is Binding
29

 
8.2.
Effect of Plan on Employer-Employee Relationship
29

 
8.3.
Governing Law
29

 
8.4.
Tax Withholding
29

 
8.5.
Savings Clause
30

 
8.6.
Notices
30


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8.7.
Waiver
30

 
8.8.
Reliance on Information Provided
30

 
8.9.
Plan Interpretation and Section 409A
30

 
8.10.
Plan Document
30

 
8.11.
Privilege
31

 
8.12.
Rules Of Construction
31



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PREAMBLE

Plan Establishment
On May 14, 1992, The Dow Chemical Company established The Dow Chemical Company Executives’ Supplemental Retirement Plan (the “Executives’ Supplemental Retirement Plan”) as an unfunded program of deferred compensation, which included Part A for non-U.S. service, non-controlled group service and/or non-covered controlled group service and Part B for employees whose benefits under the Dow Employees’ Pension Plan (the “DEPP”) are limited by sections 401(a)(17) and 415 of the Code. The Executives’ Supplemental Retirement Plan has been amended and restated several times since its establishment, including to comply with the requirements of section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, (the “Code”) with respect to those amounts that are not grandfathered under section 409A. (The portion of the Executives’ Supplemental Retirement Plan consisting of amounts that were “earned and vested,” within the meaning of section 409A of the Code, prior to 2005 and are therefore exempt from the requirements of section 409A of the Code (“Grandfathered Amounts”) can be found in Appendix A of the document in effect on and before the Closing Date described below.)
In connection with the change of control resulting from the transaction described in the Agreement and Plan of Merger (as defined in Article I below), certain benefits accrued through the closing date of the transaction (the “Closing Date”) were paid to participants in a single lump sum pursuant to Section 4.01(b)(v) of the Executives’ Supplemental Retirement Plan. Effective on the day after Closing Date, Part A of the Executives’ Supplemental Retirement Plan was spun off to form The Dow Chemical Company Executives’ Supplemental Retirement Plan - Restricted and Cadre Benefits. Part B of the Plan, renamed “The Dow Chemical Company Executives’ Supplemental Retirement Plan - Supplemental Benefits,” is amended as set forth in this restatement, effective as of the day after the Closing Date.
Purpose
The purpose of The Dow Chemical Company Executives’ Supplemental Retirement Plan - Supplemental Benefits (the “Plan”) is to provide certain management and highly compensated employees of The Dow Chemical Company and certain affiliated entities with retirement benefits that would otherwise be provided by the DEPP, but for the limitations imposed by sections 401(a)(17) and 415 of the Code, and that are not otherwise provided by any other plan maintained by The Dow Chemical Company or those affiliated entities.
Effect of Restatement
The changes made by this 2017 Restatement apply to all amounts deferred under the Executives’ Supplemental Retirement Plan, except:
to the extent otherwise indicated;

to the extent that any change would result in a “material modification” (within the meaning of the regulations under section 409A) of a Grandfathered Amount; or


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that the vested accrued benefit of a Participant whose annuity starting date occurred on or before the Closing Date shall be the amount, as reflected in the Plan Administrator’s records, determined pursuant to the terms of the Executives’ Supplemental Retirement Plan in effect on the date of the Participant’s retirement, death or other termination of employment, unless otherwise provided in a subsequent amendment or restatement.

Compliance With Applicable Law
The Plan is intended to (1) constitute an unfunded program maintained primarily for the purpose of providing deferred compensation for a select group of management or highly compensated employees consistent with the requirements of sections 201(2), 301(a)(3) and 401(a)(1) of ERISA, and (2) comply with section 409A of the Code and official guidance issued thereunder. Notwithstanding any other provision of the Plan, the Plan shall be interpreted, operated and administered in a manner consistent with these intentions.


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ARTICLE I

DEFINITIONS

1.1.
Agreement and Plan of Merger

“Agreement and Plan of Merger” shall mean the Agreement and Plan of Merger dated as of December 11, 2015 by and among Diamond-Orion HoldCo, Inc., The Dow Chemical Company, Diamond Merger Sub, Inc., Orion Merger Sub, Inc. and E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, as amended.
1.2.
Appeals Administrator

“Appeals Administrator” shall mean the person, group of persons, or entity responsible for reviewing adverse benefit determinations under the Plan, as described in DOL Reg. section 2560.503-1(h). The Global Benefits Director is the Appeals Administrator, except to the extent a different person, group of persons or entity is designated as the Appeals Administrator pursuant to Section 6.2(a) or the Global Benefits Director delegates his responsibility for deciding appeals to another person, group of persons or entity pursuant to Section 6.2(c).
1.3.
Beneficiary

“Beneficiary” shall mean any legal or natural person or persons designated by a Participant to receive a benefit under the Plan in the event of the Participant’s death. Such designation shall be made in writing in accordance with rules prescribed by the Plan Administrator. The beneficiary of a Participant shall be deemed to be such Participant’s Spouse, if married, unless such Spouse agrees in writing to waive this right, or the Participant’s domestic partner, if the Participant and domestic partner are in an approved domestic partner relationship (as defined in the DEPP). If the Participant is not married or in an approved domestic partner relationship and fails to designate a Beneficiary, the amounts payable, if any, under this Plan due to the death of the Participant shall be paid in the following order: (a) to the children of the Participant; (b) to the beneficiary of the Company Paid Life Insurance of the Participant; (c) to the beneficiary of any Company-sponsored life insurance policy for which the Company pays all or part of the premium of the Participant; or (d) to the estate of the Participant. The written waiver requirement that applies to Spouses of Participants does not apply to domestic partners of Participants.
1.4.
Benefit Conversion Factor

“Benefit Conversion Factor” shall mean the Benefit Conversion Factor as such term is defined in the DEPP.
1.5.
Board

“Board” shall mean the board of directors of The Dow Chemical Company.

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1.6.
Change Of Control

A “Change of Control” under the Plan shall be deemed to have occurred on:
(a)
the date that any one person, or more than one person acting as a group, acquires ownership of stock of The Dow Chemical Company that, together with stock held by such person or group, constitutes more than 50 percent of the total fair market value or total voting power of the stock of The Dow Chemical Company;

(b)
the date that a majority of the members of the Board is replaced during any 12-month period by directors whose appointment or election is not endorsed by a majority of the directors before the date of the appointment or election;

(c)
the date that any one person, or more than one person acting as a group, acquires (or has acquired during the 12-month period ending on the date of the most recent acquisition by such person or persons) ownership of stock of The Dow Chemical Company possessing 30 percent or more of the total voting power of the stock of The Dow Chemical Company; or

(d)
the date that any one person, or more than one person acting as a group, acquires (or has acquired during the 12-month period ending on the date of the most recent acquisition by such person or persons) assets from The Dow Chemical Company that have a total gross fair market value equal to or more than 40 percent of the total gross fair market value of all of the assets of The Dow Chemical Company immediately before such acquisition or acquisitions, provided that the following asset transfers shall not result in a Change of Control: (i) a transfer of assets to a stockholder of The Dow Chemical Company in exchange for or with respect to its stock, (ii) a transfer to a corporation, 50 percent or more of the total value or voting power of which is owned directly or indirectly, by The Dow Chemical Company, (iii) a transfer to a person, or more than one person acting as a group, that owns 50 percent or more of the stock of The Dow Chemical Company, or (iv) a transfer to an entity, at least 50 percent of the total value or voting power of which is owned, directly or indirectly, by a person described in clause (iii).

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in subsections 1.6(a) through (d), however, a Change of Control with respect to benefits to which the Participant accrues a legally binding right on or after the closing date of the transaction described in the Agreement and Plan of Merger shall not include: (i) a transfer, sale or disposition of assets from The Dow Chemical Company to a person, corporation or other entity that occurs in preparation for or in connection with a Business Separation; (ii) the acquisition, disposition, transfer or distribution of stock of The Dow Chemical Company that occurs in preparation for or in connection with a Business Separation; (iii) a change in the membership of the Board that occurs in preparation for or in connection with a Business Separation; or (iv) any other event, action or transaction involving, or with respect to, The Dow Chemical Company or any of its affiliates or subsidiaries that would otherwise be described in Section 1.6(a) through (d) that occurs in preparation for or in connection with a Business Separation. A “Business Separation” is (A) any event, action or transaction described in or contemplated by (1) “The Intended Business Separations” section of the final proxy statement/prospectus filed by DowDupont Inc. (formerly known as Diamond-Orion HoldCo, Inc.) with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 10, 2016 regarding the separation of the agriculture businesses, specialty products businesses and material sciences businesses into three independent, publicly traded companies following the completion of the Orion Merger, or (2) Section 9.3 and Article X of the bylaws of DowDuPont Inc. as adopted upon the completion of the Orion Merger, and (B) any similar business separation, including any similar

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event, action or transaction involving the spin-off or split-out of entities or assets from the DowDuPont Inc. controlled group.
This definition of “Change of Control” is intended to satisfy the definition of a “change in the ownership or effective control of a corporation, or a change in the ownership of a substantial portion of the assets of a corporation” as defined in Treas. Reg. § 1.409A-3(i)(5) (or any successor provision thereto), and in no circumstance shall an event be treated as a Change of Control unless this Section 1.6 complies with such requirements.
1.7.
Code

“Code” shall mean the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.
1.8.
Company

“Company” shall mean The Dow Chemical Company and any other entity that is included in the Dow Controlled Group and that is authorized to participate in the Plan by the Board or the Plan Administrator.
1.9.
Compensation

“Compensation” shall mean compensation as defined under the DEPP, without regard to the limitations imposed by section 401(a)(17) of the Code and the definition of compensation under section 415 of the Code.
1.10
DEPP

“DEPP” shall mean the Dow Employees’ Pension Plan.
1.11.
Dow Controlled Group

“Dow Controlled Group” shall mean a controlled group of corporations within the meaning of section 414(b) or section 414(c) of the Code or an affiliated service group within the meaning of section 414(m) of the Code with respect to The Dow Chemical Company, and any other entity required to be aggregated with The Dow Chemical Company under section 414(o) of the Code.
1.12.
Dow Corning Appendix

“Dow Corning Appendix” shall mean the Appendix to the DEPP that generally applies to employees of the Dow Corning Corporation and its subsidiaries who were first hired by the Dow Corning Corporation or its subsidiaries before October 1, 2016.

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1.13.
DEPP Component

“DEPP Component” shall mean benefits accrued under the provisions contained in the DEPP applicable to the DEPP component of the DEPP.
1.14.
DEPP Component Supplemental Retirement Benefits

“DEPP Component Supplemental Retirement Benefits” shall mean the benefits accrued by Participants in accordance with Section 3.1 of the Plan that would have been provided under the DEPP Component but for the limitations in sections 401(a)(17) and 415 of the Code.
1.15
Employee

“Employee” shall mean someone who is employed by the Company to perform personal services in an employer-employee relationship who receives compensation from the Company, other than a retirement benefit, severance pay, retainer, or fee under contract.
1.16.
ERISA

“ERISA” shall mean the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended.
1.17.
Initial Claims Reviewer

“Initial Claims Reviewer” shall mean the person, group of persons or entity responsible for deciding benefit claims under the Plan, as described in DOL Reg. § 2560.503-1(e) (i.e., first level claims for benefits). The Initial Claims Reviewer is the North America Retirement Programs Leader, except to the extent a different person, group of persons or entity is designated as the Initial Claim Reviewer pursuant to Section 6.2(a) or the North America Retirement Programs Leader delegates her responsibility for deciding claims to another person, group of persons or entity pursuant to Section 6.2(c).
1.18.
Key Employee

“Key Employee” shall mean a Participant who is a key employee within the meaning of Treas. Reg. § 1.409A-1(i), as determined in accordance with the procedures adopted by The Dow Chemical Company.
1.19.
Orion Merger

“Orion Merger” shall mean the transaction described in the Agreement and Plan of Merger.
1.20.
Participant

“Participant” shall mean an Employee who has commenced participation in the Plan under Section 2.1 below and whose participation has not terminated under Section 2.2 below.

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1.21
Plan

“Plan” shall mean The Dow Chemical Company Executives’ Supplemental Retirement Plan - Supplemental Benefits as set forth herein, together with any and all amendments hereto.
1.22
Plan Administrator

“Plan Administrator” shall mean the person, group of persons, or entity responsible for administering the Plan as provided in Section 6.1. Each of the Global Benefits Director and the North America Retirement Programs Leader is a Plan Administrator, except to the extent a different person, group of persons or entity is designated as the Plan Administrator pursuant to Section 6.2(a) or the Global Benefits Director or North America Retirement Programs Leader delegates his or her responsibilities to another person, group of persons or entity pursuant to Section 6.2(c).
1.23.
Plan Year

“Plan Year” shall mean the twelve month period beginning January 1 and ending December 31.
1.24.
PPA Component

“PPA Component” shall mean benefits accrued under the provisions contained in the DEPP applicable to the Personal Pension Account or PPA component of the DEPP.
1.25.
PPA Component Supplemental Retirement Benefits

“PPA Component Supplemental Retirement Benefits” shall mean the benefits accrued by Participants in accordance with Section 3.2 of the Plan that would have been provided under the PPA Component but for the limitations in sections 401(a)(17) and 415 of the Code.
1.26.
Rohm And Haas Appendix

“Rohm and Haas Appendix” shall mean Appendix I to the DEPP that generally applies to participants, beneficiaries, and alternate payees in the Rohm and Haas Company Retirement Plan on December 30, 2015 who became participants, beneficiaries, and alternate payees of the DEPP on that date.
1.27.
Separation From Service Date

A Participant’s “Separation from Service Date” shall mean the date on which the Participant experiences a Separation from Service.
1.28.
Separation From Service or Separates From Service

With respect to benefits to which the Participant accrues a legally binding right on or after the closing date of the transaction described in the Agreement and Plan of Merger, “Separation from Service” or “Separates from Service” shall mean a “separation from service” within the meaning of section 409A of the Code, except that:

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a)
In applying section 1563(a)(1), (2), and (3) of the Code for purposes of determining a controlled group of corporations under sections 414(b) and (c) of the Code, and in applying Treas. Reg. § 1.414(c)-2 for purposes of determining trades or businesses that are under common control under section 414(c) of the Code, the language “at least 45 percent” is used instead of “at least 80 percent” each place it appears; and

b)
The threshold “level of bona fide services” reduction, within the meaning of Treas. Reg. § 1.409A-1(h)(1)(ii), for determining whether a separation of service has taken place shall be less than 50 percent (instead of no more than 20 percent).

With respect to Participants who did not receive a single lump-sum payment in connection with the change of control resulting from the Orion Merger, “Separation from Service” or “Separates from Service” shall mean a “separation from service” within the meaning of section 409A of the Code, except that in applying section 1563(a)(1), (2), and (3) of the Code for purposes of determining a controlled group of corporations under sections 414(b) and (c) of the Code, and in applying Treas. Reg. § 1.414(c)-2 for purposes of determining trades or businesses that are under common control under section 414(c) of the Code, the language “at least 45 percent” is used instead of “at least 80 percent” each place it appears.
1.29.
Spouse

“Spouse” shall mean the person’s legal spouse as determined in accordance with IRS Revenue Ruling 2013-17 and other relevant guidance issued by the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor.
1.30.
VPHR

“VPHR” shall mean the Vice President of The Dow Chemical Company with senior responsibility for Human Resources.


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ARTICLE II

PARTICIPATION

2.1.
Eligibility and Participation

(a)
Except to the extent otherwise determined by the Board or the Plan Administrator, an Employee shall be eligible to participate in the Plan if his benefits under the DEPP are limited by sections 401(a)(17) and 415 of the Code and he is part of a select group of management or highly compensated employees.

(b)
An Employee of the Rohm and Haas Company or its subsidiaries shall be eligible to participate in the Plan, however, only if his benefit under the DEPP is determined under the main body of the DEPP. An Employee of the Rohm and Haas Company or its subsidiaries whose benefit under the DEPP is determined under the Rohm and Haas Appendix shall not be eligible to participate in the Plan.

(c)
An Employee of Dow Corning Corporation or its subsidiaries shall be eligible to participate in the Plan, however, only if his benefit under the DEPP is determined under the main body of the DEPP. An Employee of Dow Corning Corporation or its subsidiaries whose benefit under the DEPP is determined under the Dow Corning Appendix shall not be eligible to participate in the Plan.

(d)
Each Employee shall furnish such information and perform such acts as the Company may require in order to maintain such eligibility.

2.2.
Termination of Active Participation

An otherwise eligible Employee shall cease to accrue benefits under the Plan upon the earliest of: (i) the Participant’s Separation from Service; (ii) the Participant’s death; (iii) the date the Participant’s employer ceases be part of the Dow Controlled Group; or (iv) written notification issued to the Participant that he or she is no longer eligible to participate in the Plan. Thereafter, participation shall continue only for the purposes of receiving a distribution of the benefits accrued and vested as of the date the Participant ceased to actively participate in the Plan.
If a Participant: (i) whose active participation in the Plan ceased because he Separated from Service is later rehired as an Employee; or (ii) whose active participation in the Plan ceased because he was transferred to an entity in the Dow Controlled Group that is not a Company later returns to employment with a Company, his eligibility to participate in, and benefits earned under, the Plan following his rehire or return shall be determined in accordance with Section 2.1 of the Plan and the applicable terms of the DEPP.


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ARTICLE III

SUPPLEMENTAL RETIREMENT BENEFITS

3.1.
DEPP Component Supplemental Retirement Benefits

(a)
In general. The amount of a Participant’s DEPP Component Supplemental Retirement Benefit equals:

(i)
the amount that would be payable to or on behalf of the Participant under the DEPP Component if the provisions of the DEPP providing for the limitation of benefits in accordance with sections 401(a)(17) and 415 of the Code were inapplicable

minus:
(ii)
the sum of (I) the benefit payable to or on behalf of the Participant under the DEPP, (II) the benefit paid to the Participant from the Plan in connection with the change of control resulting from the Orion Merger, and (III) any other benefit paid to the Participant under the Plan.

(b)
Vesting. A Participant’s vested interest in his or her DEPP Component Supplemental Retirement Benefit calculated under this Section 3.1 (i.e., vesting percentage) shall be determined in accordance with the applicable vesting schedule in the DEPP.

3.2.
PPA Component Supplemental Retirement Benefits

(a)
Amount. The amount of PPA Component Supplemental Retirement Benefits payable to a Participant equals the benefit which would be payable to or on behalf of the Participant under the PPA Component of the DEPP if Compensation as defined in Section 1.9 were substituted for compensation as defined in the DEPP and the provisions of the DEPP providing for the limitation of benefits in accordance with Code sections 415 and 401(a)(17) were inapplicable, less the benefit actually payable to or on behalf of the Participant under the DEPP.

(b)
Effect of Orion Merger. With respect to Participants who received a single lump-sum payment in connection with the change of control resulting from the Orion Merger, the amount of PPA Component Supplemental Retirement Benefits shall be calculated under the formula set forth in Section 3.2(a) using only Pay Credits and Interest Credits (as each term is defined in the DEPP) that have accrued after such change of control.

(c)
Vesting. A Participant’s vested interest in his or her PPA Component Supplemental Retirement Benefit calculated under this Section 3.2 (i.e., vesting percentage) shall be determined in accordance with the applicable vesting schedule in the DEPP.


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3.3
Actuarial Equivalence

Except as otherwise provided in the Plan, actuarial equivalence under the Plan shall be determined using the applicable actuarial factors in the DEPP as of the determination date.
3.4.
Duplication of Benefits

There shall be no duplication of benefits payable under this Plan and under any other plan sponsored by the Company, except as otherwise determined to be appropriate by the Plan Administrator. If a Participant, Spouse or other Beneficiary, or alternate payee, if any, shall be eligible for a benefit under any such plan other and shall also be eligible for a benefit hereunder based upon the same period of service by the Participant, then the amount of such other benefit due or paid to such Participant, Spouse or other Beneficiary (or the actuarial equivalent thereof where necessary or appropriate) shall be deducted from the benefit payable hereunder for such period of service, except as otherwise determined by the Plan Administrator. The Plan Administrator is further authorized to offset any benefit due hereunder as a result of benefits due or paid to a Participant, Spouse or other Beneficiary under another plan sponsored by the Company.


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ARTICLE IV

DISTRIBUTION OF SUPPLEMENTAL RETIREMENT BENEFITS

4.1.
Form of Payment of Supplemental Retirement Benefits

(a)
DEPP Component Supplemental Retirement Benefits

Subject to the special rules provided in this Section 4.1, a Participant’s vested DEPP Component Supplemental Retirement Benefits shall be payable in one of the actuarially equivalent life annuities described below. In the event the Participant does not select a form of payment, the following default provisions will apply. If a Participant is married or has a domestic partner (as defined in the DEPP) when the Participant Separates from Service, then the Participant’s vested DEPP Component Supplemental Retirement Benefits shall be paid in the form of a 100% joint and survivor annuity. If a Participant does not have a Spouse or domestic partner when the Participant Separates from Service, then the Participant’s vested DEPP Component Supplemental Retirement Benefits shall be paid in the form of a single life annuity. A Participant may elect an optional form of payment from the list of actuarially equivalent life annuities (within the meaning of Treas. Reg. section 1.409A-2(b)(2)(ii)) described below. The election of an optional form of payment by the Participant shall be made without regard to the timing or form of payment elected by the Participant under the DEPP and must occur prior to the month in which benefit payments under the Plan are scheduled to commence.
The optional forms of payment are:

A.    Single life annuity

B.    50% joint and survivor annuity

C.    100% joint and survivor annuity

 
To the extent the Participant is eligible to elect it, any of the three options described above - single life annuity, 50% joint and survivor annuity, or 100% joint and survivor annuity - with a Guaranteed Payout Option.
The Guaranteed Payout Option is an additional option elected in conjunction with one of the life annuities otherwise available as a form of distribution under the Plan. The Guaranteed Payout Option provides reduced benefits that are payable monthly during the Participant's and surviving annuitant's lifetime(s), with any remaining guaranteed payout amount paid in the form of a single lump sum payment in the first month following the death of the last annuitant. Unless a Participant has (i) accrued less than 10 years of Eligibility or Vesting Service (as determined under the Dow Employees' Pension Plan) and (ii) is considered Totally Disabled as defined under the Dow Employees' Pension Plan, a Participant may elect the Guaranteed Payout Option.
The amount of the guaranteed payout shall equal the excess, if any, of (i) the Participant's account balance from a vested DEPP Component Supplemental Retirement Benefit determined on the date the Participant Separates from Service over (ii) the sum of all monthly

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benefits payments made before the date of death of the last annuitant to die. The Guaranteed Payout amount shall be paid to the Participant's remaining Beneficiary as determined in Section 1.3.
(b)
PPA Component Supplemental Retirement Benefits

A Participant’s vested PPA Component Supplemental Retirement Benefits payable under the Plan shall be paid in the form of a single lump sum payment following the Participant’s Separation from Service. Payment of the PPA Component Supplemental Retirement Benefit shall be made without regard to the timing or form of payment elected by the Participant under the DEPP.
(c)
Small Benefits

Notwithstanding the provisions in this Section 4.1, if the present value of a Participant’s vested DEPP Component Supplemental Retirement Benefits as of the date the Participant Separates from Service is equal to or less than $100,000, such benefits will instead be paid as a single lump sum payment at the time provided in Section 4.2(c). If a Participant has a benefit under this Plan and The Dow Chemical Company Executives’ Supplemental Retirement Plan - Restricted and Cadre Benefits, such benefits will be aggregated for purposes of determining if the $100,000 threshold is met, to the extent required by section 409A of the Code. This Section 4.1(c) shall apply, to the extent permitted by 409A of the Code, with respect to benefits to which the Participant accrues a legally binding right on or after the closing date of the transaction described in the Agreement and Plan of Merger.
4.2.
Date of Payment Of Supplemental Retirement Benefits

(a)
DEPP Component Supplemental Retirement Benefits

Subject to the delay for Key Employees, vested DEPP Component Supplemental Retirement Benefits accrued under the Plan shall be payable commencing in the first month following the Participant’s Separation from Service.
(b)
PPA Component Supplemental Retirement Benefits

A Participant’s vested PPA Component Supplemental Retirement Benefits accrued under the Plan shall be payable in the seventh month following the Participant’s Separation from Service.

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(c)
Small Benefits

Subject to the delay for Key Employees, a Participant’s vested DEPP Component Supplemental Retirement Benefits that satisfy the description of small benefits in Section 4.1(c) shall be paid as a single lump sum in the third month following the Participant’s Separation from Service.
(d)
Delay for Key Employees

Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event the Participant is a Key Employee, then upon the Participant’s Separation from Service, distribution of the Participant’s vested DEPP Component Supplemental Retirement Benefits shall be delayed until the seventh month following the date of the Participant’s Separation from Service (or if earlier, the date of the Participant’s death). Amounts otherwise payable to the Participant during such period of delay shall be accumulated and paid in the seventh month following the Participant’s Separation from Service, along with interest on the delayed payments.    
4.3.
Optional Lump Sum Distribution for DEPP Component Supplemental Retirement Benefits

(a)
Eligibility and Payment.

Notwithstanding any other provision of the Plan, a Participant who is eligible for DEPP Component Supplemental Retirements Benefit may receive such benefits in the form of a Lump Sum Distribution if the Participant meets the eligibility requirements of this Section 4.3. A “Lump Sum Distribution” is a single payment that is payable in the amount, on the terms and under the conditions set forth in this Section 4.3.
(i)
Eligibility

A Participant shall be eligible to elect a Lump Sum Distribution only if he meets the written eligibility requirements that are established by The Dow Chemical Company (acting through the VPHR or another officer, employee or committee to whom this responsibility is delegated), and that are in effect on the date the Participant submits his election pursuant to this Section 4.3. A Participant shall be notified in writing of his eligibility to elect a Lump Sum Distribution.
(ii)
Election of Lump Sum Distribution

A Participant who is eligible and wishes to elect a Lump Sum Distribution shall make his election in writing, on a form provided by the Plan Administrator for such purpose, and shall submit his election to the Plan Administrator at least 12 months before his Separation from Service Date.
In the event such Participant Separates from Service prior to the 12-month anniversary of the date he submitted his written election, his election shall be disregarded and his benefit shall be payable, if at all, in accordance with Section 4.1.

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(iii)
Payment Date

A Lump Sum Distribution validly elected under this Section 4.3 shall be paid on the first day of the first month following the fifth anniversary of the Participant’s Separation from Service Date. For the avoidance of doubt, such date of payment is intended to comply, and shall be construed to comply, with section 409A(a)(4)(C)(ii) of the Code.
(iv)
Death

If a Participant who has validly elected a Lump Sum Distribution dies after Separation from Service but before such Lump Sum Distribution is paid to him, his Beneficiary shall be paid an amount based on the Lump Sum Distribution determined under this Section 4.3. Such amount shall be paid on the first day of the month immediately following the month in which the Participant’s death occurs.
If a Participant who has elected a Lump Sum Distribution dies before Separation from Service, his election shall be void and his Beneficiary shall receive the payment set forth in Section 4.5(a).
If a Participant dies after receiving a Lump Sum Distribution, no death benefit shall be payable from the Plan on his behalf.
(v)
No Other Payments

Any amount paid to a Participant or his Beneficiary under this Section 4.3 shall represent the full benefit payable under the Plan to such Participant or Beneficiary, and shall be in lieu of any other payment that otherwise would have been made under the terms of the Plan.
(b)
Amount of Lump Sum Distribution.

If a Participant is eligible for a Lump Sum Distribution under Section 4.3(a), the amount of his Lump Sum Distribution shall equal his DEPP Lump Sum Benefit, increased with interest from the Participant’s Lump Sum Determination Date through the payment date at the rate of return, compounded monthly, under the Ten-Year U.S. Treasury Note Plus Fund established under The Dow Chemical Company Elective Deferral Plan (Post-2004) (the “EDP”), or the comparable fund under the EDP if the Ten-Year U.S. Treasury Note Plus Fund is no longer offered under the EDP.
The Participant’s Lump Sum Determination Date is the first day of the month immediately following the month in which such Participant’s Separation from Service Date occurs.

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The Participant’s DEPP Lump Sum Benefit equals:
(i)
The amount of the Participant’s Current Formula Benefit calculated as provided in Article IV of DEPP as of his Separation from Service Date, but determined: (A) by using Compensation as defined in this Plan rather than compensation as defined in DEPP; (B) without regard to the benefit limitations under Code section 415; and (C) before the application of the Benefit Conversion Factor or the crediting of any interest under DEPP

minus:
(ii)
The amount of the Participant’s Current Formula Benefit calculated as provided in Article IV of DEPP as of his Separation from Service Date but before the application of the Benefit Conversion Factor or the crediting of any interest under DEPP,

(iii)
The benefit paid to the Participant from the Plan in connection with the change of control resulting from the Orion Merger, and

(iv)
Any other benefit paid to the Participant under the Plan.

4.4.
Change of Control

Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event of a Change of Control, a Participant’s vested DEPP Component Supplemental Retirement Benefit and vested PPA Component Supplemental Retirement Benefits accrued under this Plan shall become payable immediately and shall be paid as a single lump sum payment within 90 days after the Change of Control, provided that the Participant shall not be able to designate the tax year in which such lump sum payment will occur. This section 4.4 shall not apply to Participants who are employees of Dow Corning Corporation in the case of a Change of Control that occurs prior to January 1, 2018.
4.5.
Benefit Payments Upon Death

(a)
Death Prior to Commencement of Benefit Payments

In the event of a Participant’s death before the month in which benefit payments commence under Section 4.2, death benefits equal to the Participant’s vested DEPP Component Supplemental Retirement Benefits, and vested PPA Component Supplemental Retirement Benefits shall be paid in the first month following the month in which the Participant dies. The death benefit shall be payable in a lump sum to the Participant’s Beneficiary.
(b)
Death after Commencement of Benefit Payments

In the event of a Participant’s death after benefit payments have commenced under Section 4.2, the death benefit, if any, payable hereunder shall be paid in accordance with the applicable form of payment specified in Section 4.1(a) and any optional form of payment elected by the Participant (if applicable).

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4.6
Permitted Accelerations of Distribution

A Participant’s benefits shall be paid earlier than the date(s) specified in Sections 4.2, 4.3, or 4.4 under the following circumstances, each only to the extent permitted under section 409A of the Code:
(a)
Ethics Agreement. To the extent necessary for the Participant to comply with an ethics agreement with the Federal government, and to the extent reasonably necessary to avoid the violation of applicable Federal, state or local ethics law or conflicts of interest law, to the extent permitted by Treas. Reg. § 1.409A-3(j)(4)(iii);

(b)
Income Tax Obligations. To comply with state, local or foreign tax obligations that apply to amounts deferred under the Plan before the amounts are paid or made available to the Participant, to the extent permitted by Treas. Reg. § 1.409A-3(j)(4)(xi);

(c)
FICA Obligations. To the extent necessary to pay FICA tax on compensation deferred under the Plan and to pay federal state, local or foreign income tax at the source on wages resulting from the payment of such FICA tax, to the extent permitted by Treas. Reg. § 1.409A-3(j)(4)(vi);

(d)
Section 409A Violations. To the extent required to be included in income as a result of a violation of section 409A of the Code, to the extent permitted by Treas. Reg. § 1.409A-3(j)(4)(vii);

(e)
Debt Owed to the Company. To the extent necessary to satisfy a debt of the Participant to the Company and to the extent permitted by Treas. Reg. § 1.409A-3(j)(4)(xiii), where (i) such debt is incurred in the ordinary course of the employee-employer relationship, (ii) the entire amount used to satisfy such debt in any fiscal year of the Company does not exceed $5,000 and (iii) the offset against such debt is made at the same time and in the same amount as such debt otherwise would have been due and collected from the Participant;

(f)
Disputed Amounts. To the extent of any settlement between the Company and the Participant of an arm’s length bona fide dispute as to the Participant’s right to a deferred compensation amount under the Plan, and to the extent permitted by Treas. Reg. § 1.409A-3(j)(4)(xiv), provided that such settlement amount is at least 25 percent less than the present value of the disputed amount and is not made at the same time as or proximate to a downturn in the financial health of the Employer; and

(g)
Other Permissible Circumstances. In the sole discretion of the Plan Administrator, under any other circumstance permitted under section 409A of the Code.


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4.7.
Permitted Delays in Distribution

Notwithstanding any other provision of the Plan to the contrary, amounts payable hereunder may be delayed after the date(s) specified under this Article 4 under the following circumstances, each to the extent permitted under section 409A of the Code:
(a)
§ 162(m). Payment may be delayed if the Company reasonably anticipates that if a payment were made as scheduled, the Company’s deduction with respect to such payment would not be permitted under section 162(m) of the Code, provided that payment shall be made upon the earlier of (i) the earliest date upon which the Company reasonably anticipates that the Company’s deduction of the payment will not be limited or eliminated by the application of section 162(m) of the Code and (ii) if the Participant experiences a Separation from Service, as soon as practicable following such Separation from Service in the calendar year of such Separation from Service (or, if later, no later than 2½ months following Separation from Service), subject to the delay, if applicable, set forth in Section 4.2(d).

(b)
Federal Securities Laws. Payment may be delayed if the Company reasonably anticipates that the making of a payment would violate Federal securities laws or other applicable law, provided that the payment is made at the earliest date at which the Company reasonably anticipates that the making of the payment will not cause such violation; and

(c)
Other Events as Permitted by § 409A. Payment may be delayed upon such other events or conditions as may be permitted in regulations or other guidance issued under section 409A of the Code.

4.8.
Administrative Provisions Regarding Distributions

(a)
Domestic Relations Orders. Upon receipt of a valid domestic relations order, as determined by the Plan Administrator pursuant to Treas. Reg. § 1.409A-3(j)(4)(ii) and the domestic relations order procedures applicable to the Plan (the “Procedures”), that requires distribution of all or a portion of a Participant’s vested benefit under the Plan to an alternate payee, the required distribution(s) shall be paid to the alternate payee in accordance with such order, to the extent not already paid to a Participant or Beneficiary. Except as otherwise provided in the Procedures, however, a domestic relations order shall be valid with respect to the Plan only if it is a shared payment order (i.e., it assigns to an alternate payee all or a portion of the benefit payments that will be paid to the Participant if, as and when they are paid to the Participant). References in the Plan to Participants shall include alternate payees to the extent required by an applicable valid domestic relations order.

(b)
Incompetence. If the Plan Administrator determines that any person entitled to receive benefits hereunder is not physically or mentally capable of electing the time or form, or receiving or acknowledging receipt, of benefits under the Plan, the Plan Administrator may make benefit payments to the court-appointed legal guardian of the such person, to an individual who has become the legal guardian of such person by operation of state law, or to another individual whom the Plan Administrator determines is the appropriate person to receive such benefits on behalf of the person entitled to receive benefits.


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(c)
Unclaimed Payments and Lost or Missing Participants. Benefits that the Plan is unable to pay because a Participant, Beneficiary, Spouse, domestic partner or other intended recipient has not been located, and benefit payments made by checks that are not cashed or deposited or by electronic funds transfers or other payment methods that are not completed and any benefits to which such benefit payments relate, shall be forfeited if the Plan is not able to locate the intended recipient, or the payment is not completed, within one year after the Plan first attempts to make the payment. The Plan Administrator is entitled to rely on the last address provided to the Plan by the intended recipient and has no obligation to search for or ascertain such individual’s whereabouts

(d)
Incorrect Payment of Benefits. If the Plan Administrator determines in its sole discretion that the Plan made an overpayment of the amount of any benefits due any payee under the Plan, and that a correction is necessary or desirable under the law, then to the extent permitted by section 409A of the Code, the Plan may recover the amounts either by requiring the payee to return the excess to the Plan, by reducing any future Plan payments to the payee or by any other method deemed reasonable by the Plan Administrator.

(e)
Administrative Delay. The Plan Administrator may make payment on any day later than the date specified in the Plan as a result of administrative delay to the extent that such payment is treated as being paid on the date specified in the Plan under Treas. Reg. section 1.409A-3(d), which generally permits payment to be made later within the same calendar year, or, if later, within 2½ months following the date specified in the Plan, provided that the Participant is not permitted to designate the taxable year of payment.

4.9.
Disputed Payments and Refusals To Pay

If a Participant or Beneficiary believes he is entitled to have received a benefit but has not received payment, the Participant or Beneficiary must accept any payment made under the Plan and make prompt, reasonable, good faith efforts to collect the remaining portion of the payment, as determined under Treas. Reg. § 1.409A-3(g). For this purpose (and as determined under such regulation), efforts to collect the payment will be presumed not to be prompt, reasonable, good faith efforts unless the Participant or Beneficiary provides notice to the Plan Administrator within 90 days of the latest date upon which the payment could have been timely made in accordance with the terms of the Plan and the regulations under section 409A of the Code, and unless, if not paid, the Participant or Beneficiary takes further enforcement measures within 180 days after such latest date. The requirements of this Section 4.9 shall be in addition to, and shall not supersede or be superseded by, the provisions of Section 6.5.


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ARTICLE V

FINANCING OF BENEFITS

5.1.
Source of Funds

The entire cost of providing benefits under the Plan shall be paid by the Company out of its current operating budget, and the Company shall not be required under any circumstances to fund its obligations under the Plan. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company may, at its sole option, informally fund its obligations under the Plan in whole or in part by the creation of book reserves, the establishment of a grantor trust, the purchase of insurance and other assets, or by other means. In no event shall any Participant or Beneficiary have any incidents of ownership of any such insurance contracts or other assets. In addition, no Participant or Beneficiary shall be named a beneficiary under any such insurance contract. If the Company informally funds the Plan, in whole or in part, the manner of such informal funding and the continuance or discontinuance of such informal funding shall be in the sole discretion of the Company.
5.2
General Creditor

Participants and Beneficiaries shall be regarded as unsecured general creditors of the Company with respect to any rights derived by the Participants and Beneficiaries from the existence of the Plan. Title to and beneficial ownership of any Company assets (including any assets that may be held in trust) which may be used to satisfy the Company’s obligation for payment of benefits shall remain solely that of the Company.
5.3.
Liability of the Company

Nothing in this Plan shall constitute the creation of a trust or other fiduciary relationship between the Company, its agents, representatives or other employees dealing with the Plan and any Participant, Beneficiary or other person. The obligations of the Company under the Plan shall be limited to an unfunded and unsecured promise to pay.
5.4.
Assignment

Except as provided in Section 4.8(a) (regarding domestic relations orders), no benefit under the Plan shall be subject in any manner to anticipation, alienation, sale, transfer, assignment, pledge, encumbrance or charge, and any such attempt shall be void; nor shall any such benefit be in any manner liable for or subject to the debts, contracts, liabilities, engagements except as may be legally required.
This Section 5.4 shall not prevent the obligations and rights of the Company under this Plan to be encumbered in the event of the Company’s insolvency, however.


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ARTICLE VI
PLAN ADMINISTRATION
6.1.
Duties And Powers of the Plan Administrator

The Plan Administrator shall be responsible for the administration of the Plan and shall have the exclusive power and authority to control and manage the operation and administration of the Plan. However, any discretionary actions regarding Section 16 Employees, as defined by the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and determined by the Plan Administrator, are reserved for the Board.
The principal duty of the Plan Administrator shall be to see that the Plan is carried out in accordance with its terms. Except as provided in Sections 6.2 and 6.5, the responsibility and authority of the Plan Administrator shall include, but shall not be limited to, the following duties and powers:
(a)
To promulgate and enforce such rules and regulations and prescribe the use of such forms as he shall deem necessary or appropriate for the proper and efficient administration of the Plan;

(b)
To interpret the Plan and to resolve any possible ambiguities, inconsistencies and omissions therein or therefrom;

(c)
To decide all questions of fact arising under the Plan;

(d)
To prepare and disseminate communications to Participants and Beneficiaries as are necessary or appropriate to properly administer the Plan; and

(e)
To retain third party administrators, consultants, accountants, actuaries and other individuals or entities as he deems necessary or advisable to assist him in fulfilling his responsibilities under the Plan, consistent with The Dow Chemical Company’s guidelines on hiring and retention of outside service providers, monitor the performance of such individuals and entities, decide whether to discontinue the services of such individuals and entities, and make payment to such individuals and entities in accordance with the terms of the Plan; and

(f)
To settle or compromise any claim or dispute involving the Plan and enforce any release of a claim against the Plan or any covenant not to sue the Plan.

6.2.
Designation of Additional Administrators and Allocation and Delegation of Administrative Responsibilities

(a)
Designation of additional administrators. The Dow Chemical Company, as the Plan sponsor, may designate one or more persons, groups of persons, or entities to serve as the Plan Administrator, Initial Claims Reviewer or Appeals Administrator, in addition to or in lieu of the Plan Administrator, Initial Claims Reviewer or Appeals Administrator named in the plan document, through an action of the Board or through a written designation signed by the VPHR or the Global Benefits Director each acting individually, or such other person as the Board shall designate. Any such designation shall set forth in general or specific terms such designee’s responsibilities and authority, and the designee shall acknowledge in writing that he or it has agreed to take on such responsibility.


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(b)
Allocation of administrative responsibilities. The Plan Administrators may allocate their administrative responsibilities in a written document delineating the responsibilities and authority assigned to each administrator and, if applicable, the period for which such allocation shall be in effect. Similarly, if the Initial Claims Reviewer or the Appeals Administrator consists of more than one person, group of persons or entity, such Initial Claims Reviewer or Appeals Administrator may allocate its administrative responsibilities among such persons, groups of persons or entities in a written document delineating the responsibilities and authority assigned to each and, if applicable, the period for which such allocation shall be in effect.

(c)
Delegation of administrative responsibilities. The Plan Administrators, Initial Claims Reviewer and Appeals Administrator may designate other persons, groups of persons or entities to carry out their responsibilities under the Plan in a writing that sets forth the responsibilities assigned to the delegee and, if applicable, the period for which such delegation shall be in effect. Any such designation shall set forth in general or specific terms the delegee’s responsibilities and authority, and the delegee shall acknowledge in writing that he or it has agreed to take on such responsibility.

(d)
Authority of additional administrators and delegees. Unless the instrument designating an administrator or delegating authority to a delegee specifies otherwise, the designee or delegee shall have the same discretionary powers in carrying out such allocated or delegated responsibility as the allocator or delegor would have if it had carried out the responsibility itself, and the provisions of Section 6.3 shall apply to the administrator or delegee.

6.3.
Decisions of Administrators

(a)
The Plan Administrator, Initial Claims Reviewer and Appeals Administrator shall have the sole and absolute discretion to interpret Plan documents, make findings of fact and decide any matters arising with respect to their assigned duties and powers under the Plan, and may adopt such rules and procedures as they deem necessary, desirable or appropriate to carry out their responsibilities under the Plan. In particular: (i) the Plan Administrator shall have the sole and absolute discretion to decide administrative issues and to exercise the duties and powers set forth in Section 6.1 and shall have such discretionary power as may be necessary in order to carry out those duties and powers; and (ii) the Initial Claims Reviewer and Appeals Administrator shall have the sole and absolute discretion to decide claims and appeals as described in Section 6.5 and to exercise the duties and powers set forth in Section 6.5, and shall have such discretionary power as may be necessary in order to carry out those duties and powers.


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(b)
The determinations and rules of the Plan Administrator, Initial Claims Reviewer and Appeals Administrator or other administrator upon any question of fact, interpretation, definition or procedure relating to the Plan or any other matter relating to the Plan shall be conclusive and binding on all persons having an interest in the Plan, except that (i) the determinations of the Initial Claims Reviewer are subject to review by the Appeals Administrator; and (ii) the determinations of the Initial Claims Reviewer and the Appeals Administrator are subject to the interpretations of the Plan document by the Plan Administrator. If challenged in court, the determinations of the Plan Administrator, Initial Claims Reviewer and Appeals Administrator shall not be subject to de novo review and shall not be overturned unless proven to be arbitrary and capricious based upon the evidence presented to or considered by Plan Administrator, Initial Claims Reviewer or Appeals Administrator at the time of its determination.

6.4.
Indemnification

The Plan Administrator, Initial Claims Reviewer, Appeals Administrator, any delegee of the Plan Administrator, Initial Claims Reviewer or Appeals Administrator (irrespective of whether such delegation is provided in writing, orally or by action), and any officer, employee, or former employee of a Company who acts on behalf of the Plan Administrator, Initial Claims Reviewer, Appeals Administrator, or delegee with respect to the Plan, is entitled to all indemnification rights provided to a person in these roles under The Dow Chemical Company’s Bylaws (and any future enhancements to those rights), including indemnification under Section 6.1 and Section 6.2 of The Dow Chemical Company’s Bylaws (or any successor provisions thereto). Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing in this indemnification provision extends any indemnification rights to any third-party service providers, except for any indemnification rights that may be provided in written contracts between The Dow Chemical Company or the Plan and such third-party service providers.
6.5.
Claim and Review Procedure

(a)
Initial Claims. If the Initial Claims Reviewer receives a written claim for benefits from a Participant or other individual, the Initial Claims Reviewer shall review such claim in accordance with this Section 6.5. If the Initial Claims Reviewer determines that such claim should be denied in whole or in part, the Initial Claims Reviewer shall, in writing, notify such claimant within 90 days of receipt of such claim that his claim has been denied, unless special circumstances require an extension of time for processing. If an extension is required, the Initial Claims Reviewer shall give the claimant written notice and reason for the need for extension and the date by which a decision is expected within the original 90-day period. In no event shall the decision take longer than 180 days after receipt of the claim. If the claim is denied, the Initial Claims Reviewer shall set forth in writing the specific reasons for such denial and such notification shall:

(i)
state the reason why the claim is being denied;

(ii)
set forth the pertinent sections of the Plan relied upon;


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(iii)
if applicable, set forth an explanation of any additional material or information necessary for the claimant to perfect his claim and an explanation of why such material or information is necessary; and

(iv)
set forth an explanation of how the claimant can obtain review of such denial, including a statement of the claimant’s right to bring a civil action following an adverse benefit determination.

The claimant may submit written comments, documents, records and other information relating to the claim for benefits. Further, the claimant shall be provided, upon request, and free of charge, reasonable access to, and copies of, all documents, records and other information relevant to the claimant’s claim for benefits.
(b)
Appeals. Within 60 days after receipt by the claimant of such notice, such claimant may request, by mailing or delivery of written notice to the Appeals Administrator, a review by the Appeals Administrator of the decision denying the claim. If the claimant fails to request such a review within such 60-day period, it shall be conclusively determined for all purposes of this Plan that the denial of such claim by the Initial Claims Reviewer is correct.

The Appeals Administrator shall notify a claimant of its determination on appeal within a reasonable period of time, but not later than 60 days after receipt of the claimant’s request for review, unless the Appeals Administrator determines that special circumstances require an extension of time for processing the appeal. If the Appeals Administrator determines that an extension of time for processing the appeal is required, written notice of the extension shall be furnished to the claimant prior to the termination of the initial 60-day period. In no event shall such extension exceed a period of 60 days from the end of the initial period. The extension notice shall indicate: (i) the special circumstances necessitating the extension and (ii) the date by which the Appeals Administrator expects to render a determination.
If the claim is denied, the Appeals Administrator shall set forth in writing the specific reasons for such denial and such notification shall:
(i)
state the reason for denial of the claim;

(ii)
set forth the pertinent Sections of the Plan relied upon; and

(iii)
state that the claimant may bring a civil action under ERISA section 502(a) in federal court, provided the claimant institutes such legal proceeding within the time periods provided in Section 6.6.

The claimant shall be provided, upon request, and free of charge, reasonable access to, and copies of, all documents, records and other information relevant to the claimant’s claim for benefits.

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A claim for a benefit under this Section 6.5 shall include any Applicable Claim as defined in Section 6.6.
6.6.
Commencement of Legal Action

(a)
An Applicable Claim may not be filed in any court until the claimant has exhausted the claims review procedures described in Section 6.5, and unless such claim or action is filed in a court with jurisdiction over such claim or action no later than the earlier of: (I) 180 days after the mailing or delivery of the adverse determination by the Appeals Administrator; or (II) one year after:

(i)
in the case of a claim or action to recover benefits allegedly due to the claimant under the terms of the Plan or to clarify the claimant’s rights to future benefits under the terms of the Plan, the earliest of (i) the date the first benefit payment was actually made, (ii) the date the first benefit payment was allegedly due, and (iii) the date the Plan first repudiated its alleged obligation to provide such benefits (regardless of whether such repudiation occurred before or during the administrative review process),

(ii)
in the case of a claim or action to enforce an alleged right under the Plan (other than a right to benefits which are subject to Section 6.6(a)(i)), the date the Initial Claims Reviewer or Appeals Administrator first denied the claimant’s request to exercise such right, regardless of whether such denial occurred during the administrative review process,

(iii)
in the case of any other claim or action described in Section 6.6 (b)(iv), the earliest date on which the claimant knew or should have known of the material facts on which such claim or action is based, regardless of whether the claimant was aware of the legal theory underlying the claim or action,

provided that if a request for administrative review, timely made in accordance with Section 6.5, is pending before the Initial Claims Reviewer or Appeals Administrator when the period described in this Section 6.6 expires, the deadline for filing such claim or action in a court with proper jurisdiction shall be extended to the date that is 180 days after the mailing or delivery of the adverse determination by the Appeals Administrator.
The period described by this Section 6.6 is hereafter referred to as the “Applicable Limitations Period.” The Applicable Limitations Period replaces and supersedes any limitations period ending at a later time that might otherwise be deemed applicable under state or federal law in the absence of this Section 6.6. Except as provided in the following two sentences, a claim or action filed after the expiration of the Applicable Limitations Period shall be deemed time-barred. The Applicable Limitations Period may be extended by the VPHR or his designee in his sole discretion upon a showing of exceptional circumstances that, in the opinion of the VPHR or his designee provide good cause for an extension. The exercise of this discretion is committed solely to the VPHR or his designee, and is not subject to review.

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(b)
For purposes of this Section 6.6, an Applicable Claim is:

(i)
a claim or action to recover benefits allegedly due under the provisions of the Plan or by reason of any law,

(ii)
a claim or action to clarify rights to future benefits under the Plan,

(iii)
a claim or action to enforce rights under the Plan, or

(iv)
any other claim or action that (i) relates to the Plan, and (ii) seeks a remedy, ruling, or judgment of any kind against the Plan, the Company, the Plan Administrator, the Initial Claims Reviewer, the Appeals Administrator or any delegee of the Plan Administrator, Initial Claims Reviewer or Appeals Administrator, or any officer, employee, or former employee of The Dow Chemical Company or any entity within the Dow Controlled Group or other person who acts on behalf of the Plan.
 
(c)
In the event of any Applicable Claim brought by or on behalf of two or more claimants, this Section 6.6, including the Applicable Limitations Period, shall apply separately with respect to each claimant.

6.7.
Forum Selection

(a)
To the fullest extent permitted by law, any putative class action lawsuit relating to the Plan, the lawfulness of any Plan provision, the administration of the Plan or the performance or non-performance of a Plan Administrator, Initial Claims Reviewer, Appeals Administrator, their delegees or any officer, employee or former employee of The Dow Chemical Company or any entity within the Dow Controlled Group or other persons who act on their behalf with respect to the Plan shall be filed in one of the following jurisdictions: (i) the jurisdiction in which the Plan is principally administered, which is currently within the territorial boundaries of the Northern Division of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan; or (ii) the jurisdiction in which the largest number of putative class members resides (or if that jurisdiction cannot be determined, the jurisdiction in which the largest number of class members is reasonably believed to reside).

(b)
If any putative class action within the scope of paragraph (a) above is filed in a jurisdiction other than one of those described in paragraph (a), or if any non-class action filed in such a jurisdiction is subsequently amended or altered to include class action allegations, then the Plan, all parties to such action that are related to the Plan, including all alleged Participants and Beneficiaries, shall take all necessary steps to have the action removed to, transferred to or re-filed in a jurisdiction described in paragraph (a). Such steps may include, but are not limited to, (i) a joint motion to transfer the action; or (ii) a joint motion to dismiss the action without prejudice to its re-filing in a jurisdiction described in paragraph (a), with any applicable time limits or statutes of limitations applied as if the suit or class action allegation had originally been filed or asserted in a jurisdiction described in paragraph (a) at the same time that it was filed or asserted in a jurisdiction not described therein.


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(c)
This provision does not relieve any putative class member from any obligation existing under the Plan or by law to exhaust administrative remedies before initiating litigation.


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ARTICLE VII

AMENDMENT AND TERMINATION OF THE PLAN

7.1.
Amendment

The Dow Chemical Company reserves the right amend the Plan at any time, with or without notice, retroactively or prospectively, to the full extent permitted by law. An action to amend the Plan may be taken by: (1) resolution of the Board; (2) action of the Benefits Governance and Finance Committee, the President, Chief Financial Officer, VPHR, or Global Benefits Director, each acting individually; or (3) action of any other person or persons duly authorized by the Board to take such action.
Notwithstanding the foregoing: (i) an amendment that affects only Section 16 Employees, as defined by the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and determined by the Plan Administrator, shall not be valid unless it is adopted or approved by the Board; (ii) any amendment shall have prospective application only and shall not reduce a Participant’s right to benefits accrued and vested under the Plan as of the effective date of such amendment; and (iii) no amendment of the Plan shall apply to amounts that were earned and vested (within the meaning of section 409A of the Code and regulations thereunder) under the Plan prior to 2005, unless the amendment specifically provides that it applies to such amounts. The purpose of this restriction is to prevent a Plan amendment from resulting in an inadvertent “material modification” to amounts that are “grandfathered” and exempt from the requirements of section 409A of the Code.
Any amendment of the Plan must be reviewed by an attorney in The Dow Chemical Company’s Legal Department.
The authority of the Benefits Governance and Finance Committee, the President, Chief Financial Officer, VPHR, and Global Benefits Director to amend the Plan under this Section 7.1 may not be delegated.
7.2.
Termination

The Board reserves the right to terminate the Plan, subject to the conditions set forth in this Section 7.2. A plan termination pursuant to this Section 7.2 shall be performed in a manner consistent with the requirements of section 409A of the Code and any regulations or other applicable guidance issued thereunder.
Except as provided in this Section 7.2, no termination of the Plan shall reduce a Participant’s right to benefits accrued and vested under the Plan as of the effective date of such termination. Upon termination of the Plan, distributions shall be made to Participants and Beneficiaries in the manner and at the time described in Article IV, unless the Company determines in its sole discretion that all such amounts shall be distributed upon termination in accordance with the requirements of section 409A of the Code. Upon termination of the Plan, no further benefit accruals shall be permitted.


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ARTICLE VIII

MISCELLANEOUS

8.1.
Plan Is Binding

This Plan shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the Company, its successors, Participants, Beneficiaries, and their respective successors, assigns, heirs, personal representatives, executors, administrators, and legatees.
8.2.
Effect of Plan on Employer-Employee Relationship

(a)
Nothing contained herein shall in any manner affect any employment relationship between the Company and any Employee or other individual, nor shall anything contained herein be construed to enlarge upon or to add, directly or indirectly, to the employment rights of any individual, except the right to become eligible to become a Participant under the Plan subject to and as provided in the Plan document.

(b)
The action of the Company in creating or amending the Plan or any other action, either by the Company or by its employees, contemplated hereunder shall not be construed to constitute or evidence any employer-employee relationship between the Company and its employees. The Company shall have the absolute right at any time to deal with any of its employees from the standpoint of the employer-employee relationship as if the Plan had never been created.

8.3.
Governing Law

The Plan shall be administered, construed and enforced in accordance with ERISA, and to the extent that ERISA has not preempted the laws of the State of Texas, the laws of the State of Texas shall apply, excluding any conflicts or choice of law rule or principle that might otherwise refer construction or interpretation of this provision to the substantive law of another jurisdiction.
8.4.
Tax Withholding

The Company shall have the right to withhold taxes from any payments made pursuant to the Plan, or make such other provisions as it deems necessary or appropriate to satisfy its obligations to withhold federal, state, local or foreign income or other taxes incurred by reason of payments pursuant to the Plan. In lieu thereof, the Company shall have the right, to the extent permitted by section 409A of the Code and other provisions of law, to withhold the amount of such taxes from any other sums due or to become due from the Company to the Participant or any Beneficiary, upon such terms and conditions as the Company may prescribe.

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8.5.
Savings Clause

If any provision of the Plan should be held illegal or invalid for any reason, such illegality or invalidity shall not affect the remaining parts of the Plan, and the Plan shall be construed and enforced as if such illegal or invalid provision had never been inserted herein.
8.6.
Notices

No notice, election or communication in connection with the Plan made or submitted by any Participant, Employee, claimant or other person shall be effective unless duly executed and filed with the Plan Administrator in the form and manner required by the Plan Administrator.
8.7.
Waiver

No term, condition, or provision of the Plan shall be deemed waived unless the purported waiver is in writing signed by the Plan Administrator. No waiver signed by the Plan Administrator shall be deemed a continuing waiver unless so specifically stated in the writing, and any such waiver shall operate only for the stated period and only as to the specific term, condition, or provision waived.
8.8.
Reliance on Information Provided

The Company, Plan Administrator, Initial Claims Reviewer, Appeals Administrator, and any person to whom the Plan’s operation or administration is delegated may rely conclusively on any advice, opinion, valuation, or other information furnished by any actuary, accountant, appraiser, legal counsel, or physician whom such entity or person engages or employs. A good faith action or omission based on this reliance is binding on all parties, and no liability can be incurred for it except as the law requires.
8.9.
Plan Interpretation and Section 409A

Notwithstanding the other provisions hereof, the Plan shall be construed and interpreted to comply with section 409A of the Code and if necessary, any provision shall be held null and void to the extent such provision (or part thereof) fails to comply with section 409A of the Code or regulations thereunder. However, in no event shall the Plan, the Plan Administrator, the Initial Claims Reviewer, the Appeals Administrator, their delegees, the Company, its officers, directors, employees, former employees, parents, subsidiaries, or affiliates be liable for any additional tax, interest, or penalty incurred by a Participant, Beneficiary or any other person as a result of the Plan’s failure to satisfy the requirements of section 409A of the Code, or as a result of the Plan’s failure to satisfy any other applicable requirements for the deferral of tax.
8.10
Plan Document

(a)
Scrivener’s errors. The Plan shall be applied and interpreted without regard to any scrivener’s error in this instrument. The determination whether a scrivener’s error has occurred shall be made by the VPHR in the exercise of his best judgment and sole discretion, based on his understanding of the intent of The Dow Chemical Company as settlor of the Plan, and taking into account such evidence, written or oral, as he deems appropriate or helpful. The VPHR is authorized to correct any scrivener’s errors he discovers in this instrument, retroactively or prospectively.


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(b)
Plan document controls over prior agreements. Notwithstanding the provisions of any agreement that was entered into with a Participant on or before December 31, 2008, the terms of the Plan shall control the accrual of any benefits and the payment of any benefits under this Plan. The terms of the Plan shall supersede the applicable terms of any such agreements that purported to control the accrual and payment of nonqualified deferred compensation benefits under this Plan.
 
8.11.
Privilege

If The Dow Chemical Company or other Company (or a person or entity acting on behalf of The Dow Chemical Company or other Company) or a Plan Administrator, Initial Claims Reviewer, Appeals Administrator, any delegee of the Plan Administrator, Initial Claims Reviewer or Appeals Administrator, or any officer, employee, or former employee of The Dow Chemical Company or any entity within the Dow Controlled Group (an “Advisee”) engages an attorney, accountant, actuary, consultant, or other person or entity to advise the Advisee on issues related to the Plan or the Advisee’s responsibilities under the Plan (an “Advisor”):
(a)
The Advisor’s client is the Advisee and not any Participant, Employee, Beneficiary, Spouse or domestic partner, alternate payee, claimant, or other person;  

(b)
The Advisee shall be entitled to preserve the attorney-client privilege and any other privilege accorded to communications with the Advisor, and all other rights to maintain confidentiality, to the full extent permitted by law; and

(c)
No Participant, Employee, Beneficiary, Spouse or domestic partner, alternate payee, claimant, or other person shall be permitted to review any communication between the Advisee and any of its or his Advisors with respect to whom a privilege applies, unless mandated by a court order.

8.12.
Rules Of Construction

For purposes of the Plan, unless the contrary is clearly indicated by the context:
(a)
the use of the masculine gender in this Plan shall also include within its meaning the feminine gender and vice versa;

(b)
the use of the singular shall also include within its meaning the plural and vice versa;


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(c)
the word “include” shall mean to include, but not to be limited to;

(d)
any reference to a statute or section of a statute shall further be a reference to any successor or amended statute or section, and any regulations or other guidance of general applicability issued thereunder;

(e)
the title of an officer, employee, or entity used in this Plan (including, but not limited to, the title(s) referred to in the definitions of Plan Administrator, Initial Claims Reviewer, and Appeals Administrator), means the respective officer, employee, or entity of The Dow Chemical Company and means any successor title to such position as such title may be changed from time to time;

(f)
references to a Plan Administrator, Appeals Administrator, Initial Claims Reviewer, officer or employee of the Company, or other person or entity with responsibility or authority under the Plan shall include delegees (if any) of such entity or person, with respect to such entity’s or person’s delegated responsibilities; and

(g)
the captions and headings of each article, section, paragraph, and other provision of the Plan are for convenience and reference only and are not to be considered in interpreting the terms and conditions of the Plan.

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Global Benefits Director of Dow, who has been authorized and empowered by The Dow Chemical Company to amend and restate the Plan, has caused this restatement of the Plan to be executed on the date written below.


/s/ BRYAN JENDRETZKE
 
 
Bryan Jendretzke
 
 
Global Benefits Director
 
 
The Dow Chemical Company
 
 
 
 
 
Reviewed by Plan Administrator:
 
/s/ MARIA CURRERI
 
 
Maria Curreri
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reviewed by Legal Department:
 
/s/ BRITA JOHNSON
 
 
Brita Johnson

Dated: August 31, 2017


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Exhibit


Exhibit 10(g)(i)
TERMINATION GENERAL RELEASE
This Termination General Release (the “Release”) sets forth the terms of agreement by and between the parties as further described below:
1.
The Parties

A.“The Employee” means Joseph E. Harlan, Employee ID U547959, an individual who resides at 4209 Verano Drive, Austin, Texas 78735.

B.“Dow” or the “Company” means The Dow Chemical Company, a Delaware corporation, with its corporate offices located at 2030 Dow Center, Midland, Michigan 48674; and any of its past, present and future affiliates, subsidiaries, officers, directors, employees, and shareholders, and all of its and their respective heirs, successors, and assigns.

C.The Employee and Dow shall be collectively referred to as the Parties (“Parties”).

2.
Termination of Employment Relationship

A.The Parties will end their employment relationship on December 31, 2017 (the “Termination Date”). Unless otherwise indicated in this Release, the Termination Date shall be December 31, 2017, or, if the Employee separates from the Company on a date other than December 31, 2017, the Termination Date will be the actual date on which the employment relationship between the Parties is terminated.

B.The Company may relieve Employee of all duties and place the Employee on administrative leave prior to the Termination Date upon notice. Should this occur, then during such administrative leave, Employee will no longer be authorized to transact business or incur any expenses, obligations and liabilities on behalf of the Company after the earlier of being placed on administrative leave or the Termination Date. The Company reserves the right to end the period of any such administrative leave and return the Employee to work at its discretion. Employee acknowledges the following: (i) receipt of all compensation and benefits due through the Termination Date as a result of services performed for the Company with the receipt of a final paycheck except as provided in this Release; (ii) Employee has reported to the Company any and all work-related injuries incurred during employment; (iii) the Company properly provided any leave of absence because of Employee’s or a family member’s health condition and Employee has not been subjected to any improper treatment, conduct or actions due to a request for or taking such leave; (iv) Employee has provided the Company with written notice of any and all concerns regarding suspected ethical and compliance issues or violations on the part of the Company or any released person or entity; and (v) Employee has provided the Company with written notice of any other complaints, claims, or actions against the Company or any released person or entity.

3.
Transition Assistance Benefits

The transition assistance benefits which Employee will receive if Employee signs, returns and does not revoke this Release in a timely manner consist of the following:



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A.U. S. Severance Plan. Employee is eligible to receive under The Dow Chemical Company U.S. Severance Plan (the “Severance Plan”): (a) a lump sum severance payment of $788,829.00 (less deductions or withholdings required by law or by agreement between the Parties and any outstanding amounts Employee owes to the Company, including but not limited to any outstanding balance owed on any housing or relocation loans), and (b) any other additional benefits that are available to the Employee under the Severance Plan.

Employee understands that payment will be made at the times and in the form set forth in the Summary Plan Description for the Severance Plan.

B.Supplemental Amount. Employee is eligible to receive a supplemental severance payment in the amount of $431,010.00 (less deductions or withholdings required by law or by agreement between the Parties and any outstanding amounts Employee owes to the Company, including but not limited to any outstanding balance owed on any housing or relocation loans).

Employee understands that payment will be made at the same time as the severance payment described in paragraph 3.A, above.
C.Long-Term Incentive Awards. The vesting of outstanding stock options, deferred and performance shares will continue subject to the other original grant terms and conditions. However, there will be no proration, and Employee will be permitted to exercise his stock options for the full original term. Employee will be released from Company’s insider list as soon as is practicable after the 2017 second quarter earnings release.

D.2017 Performance Award. Employee will be eligible for the full 2017 Performance Award, conditioned on the actual 2017 Performance Award Program result and subject to the terms and conditions of the 2017 Performance Award Program.

E.Medical Coverage. Employee may elect to extend Employee’s medical coverage (but not dental coverage) at the active premium rates as described in the document entitled “Information About Your Immediate Medical and Dental Options” (the “Medical Information Document”). Employee must make such election in accordance with the requirements set forth in the Medical Information Document.

4.Full and Final Release. In consideration for the transition assistance benefits described above, Employee releases and discharges the Company from all claims (including claims for attorney's fees and costs), demands and causes of action, known or unknown, which Employee may have or claim to have, arising out of, or in any way relating to, Employee’s employment or termination of Employee’s employment with the Company, whether based on any act or omission to act. This includes, but is not limited to, claims of negligence, intentional misconduct, breach of contract (whether written or oral), violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) (as amended), violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) (as amended), violation of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) (as amended), violation of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) (as amended), violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (as amended), National Labor Relations Act (as amended), claims arising under any other federal, state or local laws, executive orders, regulations, directives, codes, common law, constitutional provision or public policy prohibiting employment discrimination based on age, color, race, gender/sex, sexual preference/orientation, height, weight, marital status, national origin, mental or physical disability, religious affiliation, veteran status or any other forms of discrimination, and claims based on any other laws, executive orders, regulations, directives, codes, common law, constitutional provision or public policy affecting relations between employers and employees, including claims growing out of the Company's termination of its employees.

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5.Exceptions to the Release. This Release does not waive any claims (A) for unemployment or workers’ compensation, (B) for vested or other rights to which the Employee may be entitled under the Company’s employee benefit plans on the date Employee signs this Release that cannot legally be waived, (C) that may arise after Employee signs this Release, (D) for reimbursement of expenses under the Company’s expense reimbursement policies, or (E) which cannot be released by private agreement. In addition, nothing in this Release, including but not limited to the acknowledgements, Full and Final Release, and provisions related to Confidential Information of Company, Non-Disparagement, Non-Compete, Company Property, Confidentiality, and Cooperation, (i) limits or affects Employee’s right to challenge the validity of this Release under ADEA or the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA) or (ii) prevents Employee from filing a charge or complaint with or from participating in an investigation or proceeding conducted by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission EEOC, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), or any other federal, state or local agency charged with the enforcement of any laws, or from exercising rights under Section 7 of the NLRA to engage in protected, concerted activity, although by signing this Release, Employee waives the right to individual relief (including any backpay, frontpay, reinstatement or other legal or equitable relief) in any charge, complaint, or lawsuit or other proceeding brought by Employee or on Employee’s behalf by any third party, except for any right Employee may have to receive a payment from a government agency (and not the Company) for information provided to the government agency. Furthermore, nothing in this Release prohibits Employee from reporting possible violations of federal law or regulation to any responsible government authority, including but not limited to the Department of Justice, the SEC, the Congress, and any agency Inspector General, or making other disclosures that are protected under the whistleblower provisions of federal law or regulation; and Employee does not need the prior authorization of the Company to make any such reports or disclosures and is not required to notify the Company that Employee has made such reports or disclosures. If any disclosures Employee makes to the responsible government authorities include Company Confidential Information, Employee will so notify the authorities in time for them to take steps to protect the information’s confidentiality. Employee is hereby notified that Employee will not be held criminally or civilly liable under any federal or state trade secret law for the disclosure of a trade secret that is (A) made in confidence to a federal, state or local government official, either directly or indirectly, or to an attorney, solely for the purpose of reporting or investigating a suspected violation of law; or (B) made in a complaint or other document filed in a lawsuit or other proceeding, if such filing is made under seal and Employee does not disclose the trade secret except pursuant to court order.

6.Confidential Information of Company. Subject to paragraph 5, Employee will not disclose to anyone or use, directly or indirectly, after termination of Employee’s employment with the Company, any Confidential Information of the Company, except with the written consent of the Company. “Confidential Information” is defined herein to mean trade secrets, know-how, and other information, not generally known, relating to the Company's business which was disclosed to Employee or with which Employee became familiar during Employee’s term of employment with the Company (including information conceived, originated, discovered or developed in whole or in part by Employee). “Confidential Information” includes information relating to the Company's business practices and prospective business interests, including, but not limited to, customer lists, forecasts, business and strategic plans, financial and sales information, products, processes, equipment, manufacturing operations, marketing programs, research, product development, engineering, computer systems and software, and personnel records. This obligation shall continue until such Confidential Information becomes generally known to the public without participation on Employee’s part.


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7.Non-Disparagement. Subject to paragraph 5, Employee agrees that Employee will not at any time or in any manner, and whether directly or indirectly, criticize or disparage the Company or otherwise provide information, issue statements, or take any other action intended or reasonably likely to result in material harm, embarrassment, humiliation to the Company or cause or contribute to it being held in disrepute by any person.

8.Non-Compete. For a period of two (2) years from Employee’s Termination Date, Employee will not either directly or indirectly, participate in, consult with or render services to any Competing Business, nor have any interest in any Competing Business. “Competing Business” means any entity or person engaged in or about to become engaged in research, development, production, marketing or selling of one or more Competing Products. “Competing Products” means products, processes or services competing directly or indirectly with the Company’s current or contemplated products, processes or services in the area the Employee worked for the Company or in an area where the Employee was exposed to Confidential Information (as defined in paragraph 6), during the last five (5) years of Employee’s employment at the Company. In addition, for such two (2) year period, Employee will not interfere with, disrupt or attempt to disrupt any relationship, contractual or otherwise, with respect to a business carried on by the Company and any other party, including the solicitation of Company employees. The restrictions of this provision apply to (a) the state(s) within the United States that was Employee’s primary work location or territory during the five (5) years immediately preceding Employee’s Termination Date, (b) any area of the United States where the Company is conducting business or may be reasonably expected to engage in business, or (c) any other country of the world where the Company is conducting business or may be reasonably expected to engage in business. Such restrictions shall apply to Employee, as owner, partner, officer, employee, consultant or advisor. For purposes of this provision, ownership of not more than one percent of the common or preferred stock of any publicly held company whose stock is listed on any recognized stock exchange or traded over the counter shall be disregarded.

9.Company Property. Employee agrees that Employee has returned or will return to the Company on or before Employee’s Termination Date, any and all Company property and Confidential Information, including originals and copies thereof (whether in hard copy or electronic form), including, without limitation, books, records and documents, files, memoranda, credit cards, Company passes, keys, computer access codes, disk and instructional manuals, tools, computers, and other physical property, which was or may be in Employee’s possession or under Employee’s control.

10.Confidentiality. Subject to paragraph 5, Employee will not disclose the terms of this Release to any person unless required by law without the written consent of the Company, except to Employee’s legal, financial and tax advisors, and members of Employee’s immediate family, and any prospective or subsequent employer as respects any of Employee’s obligations under paragraphs 6 through 9 who may need to be informed of these terms of this Release. If Employee does tell any of the persons listed in the preceding sentence about the Release or its contents, Employee must immediately tell them that they must keep the disclosed information confidential as well.

11.Enforcement of Covenants. Employee agrees that the Company would be irreparably injured by a violation by Employee of paragraphs 6 through 10 and that in the event of any such breach or threatened breach, the Company shall, in addition to any other remedies available to it, be entitled to (A) a temporary restraining order and/or preliminary and/or permanent injunction, or other equivalent relief, restraining Employee from the actual or threatened breach, and (B) recover from Employee all sums paid to Employee or on behalf of Employee pursuant to this Release.


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12.Obligations. This Release does not affect the Employee’s rights and obligations under the Company’s standard Employee Agreement or any other secrecy, confidentiality, non-competition, or invention agreements that the Employee has signed with the Company or under the various Company employee compensation or benefit plans and programs, except as specifically modified herein. Apart from the benefits recited in this Release, Employee waives any rights Employee has to any benefits offered or adopted by the Company that are not specifically listed in this Release, except for those benefits in which the Employee has vested rights pursuant to the applicable plan and applicable law that cannot legally be waived.

13.Cooperation. Subject to paragraph 5, Employee agrees to cooperate with Company and its attorneys, both during and after the termination of Employee’s employment, in connection with any litigation or other proceeding arising out of or relating to matters of which Employee was involved prior to the termination of Employee’s employment. Employee’s cooperation shall include, without limitation, providing assistance to Company's counsel, experts and consultants, and providing truthful testimony in pretrial and trial or hearing proceedings. In the event that Employee’s cooperation is requested after the termination of Employee’s employment, Company will (1) seek to minimize interruptions to Employee’s schedule to the extent consistent with its interests in the matter; and (2) reimburse Employee for all reasonable and appropriate out-of-pocket expenses actually incurred by Employee in connection with such cooperation upon reasonable substantiation of such expenses.

Employee agrees that Employee will not testify voluntarily in any lawsuit or other proceeding which directly or indirectly involves Company, or which may create the impression that such testimony is endorsed or approved by Company, without providing notice (including the general nature of the testimony) to the Company's General Counsel promptly, and in no event later than two (2) business days, after receiving an order or request to testify.

14.Acknowledgement of Receipt of Documents. By signing below, Employee acknowledges receipt of this Termination General Release, U.S. Severance Plan Summary Plan Description, and Information About Your Immediate Medical and Dental Options. Employee understands that Employee is responsible for reading and becoming familiar with the documents, and that if Employee has any questions regarding the documents, Employee will direct those questions to the Plan Administrator.

15.Advice of Counsel, Consideration and Revocation Periods and Effective Date. Dow advises Employee to consult with an attorney prior to signing this Release. Employee has twenty-one (21) days to consider whether to sign this Release (the “Consideration Period”). Employee must return this signed Release to Workforce Planning, The Dow Chemical Company, EDC, Midland, Michigan 48674, by First Class mail or by hand delivery within the Consideration Period but not prior to the Termination Date. If Employee signs and returns this Release before the end of the Consideration Period, it is because Employee freely chose to do so after carefully considering its terms. Additionally, Employee shall have seven days from the date of the signing of this Release to revoke this Release by delivering a written notice of revocation within the seven day revocation period to Workforce Planning. If the revocation period expires on a weekend or holiday, Employee will have until the end of the next business day to revoke. This Release will become effective on the eighth day after Employee signs this Release provided Employee does not revoke this Release. Any modification or alteration of any terms of this Release by Employee voids this Release in its entirety. Employee agrees with the Company that changes to the Release, whether material or immaterial, do not restart the running of the Consideration Period. The Company is not required to make any payments described in this Release unless the Release becomes effective.

16.Applicable Law and General Provisions. This Release shall be interpreted under the law of the state in which Employee last worked. This Release sets forth the entire agreement between the parties. Employee

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is not relying on any other agreements or oral representations not fully addressed in this Release. The provisions of this Agreement are severable, and if any part of this Release is found by a court of law to be unenforceable, the remainder of this Release will continue to be valid and effective. The headings in this Release are provided for reference only and shall not affect the substance of this Release.
 
17.Significance of Employee’s Signature. Employee’s signature below indicates that Employee:

A.has carefully read and reviewed this Release;

B.fully understands all of its terms and conditions;

C.fully understands that the Release is legally binding and that by signing it, Employee is giving up certain rights;

D.fully understands that, notwithstanding any other provision of this Release (including, without limitation, paragraphs 6, 7, 10, and 13) nothing in this Release prohibits Employee from making any communication Employee is permitted to make by law to the extent the law would override any contrary restrictions on such communication in this Release; for example, nothing in this Release prohibits Employee from reporting possible violations of law to a responsible government authority, or requires Employee to seek authorization from the Company or to notify the Company if Employee makes such reports;

E.has not relied on any other representations by the Company, whether written or oral, concerning the terms of the Release;

F.has been provided up to twenty-one (21) days to consider this Release and agrees that changes to this Release, whether material or immaterial, do not restart the Consideration Period;

G.will have seven (7) days to revoke his or her acceptance of the Release after signing it;

H.has been advised, and has had the opportunity, to consult with an attorney prior to signing the Release;

I.has signed and delivered this Release freely and voluntarily; and

J.is duly authorized to sign this Release and has not assigned or attempted to assign or give to anyone else any claim Employee has or believes that he or she may have against the Company.

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties to this Release have executed this instrument on the date(s) set forth below.
July 12, 2017
 
/s/ JOSEPH E. HARLAN
Date of Signing
 
Joseph E. Harlan
 
 
 
 
 
ACCEPTED:
 
 
 
 
 
THE DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY
 
 
 
 
By:
/s/ JOHANNA SODERSTROM
 
 
Johanna Söderström
 
 
Chief Human Resources Officer and
 
 
Senior Vice President
 
 
Human Resources and Aviation
 
 
 
 
Date:
July 12, 2017

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