Formed in 2002 in support of the company's Global Position Statement on People with Disabilities, the Disability Employee Network (DEN) helps employees with disabilities identify mentoring opportunities, share experiences, interact with senior leaders and provide guidance to Dow on becoming increasingly accessible. DEN has chapters around the globe, and offers a wide range of programs and support to all Dow employees who have a personal connection to the issues of living with disabilities.
DEN hosts workshops on disability awareness and business etiquette; works closely with colleagues to assure accessible facilities; and assists Dow with internships through mentoring and onboarding. The network reaches out to students with disabilities to provide encouragement and mentorship, and help attract people to Dow.
Dow also works to develop more inclusive communities. The Jaipur Foot initiative is a great example. The company is a sponsor of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all and fostering communities of understanding and respect worldwide – all of which are completely aligned with Dow's commitment to diversity and inclusion.
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These are just a few of the many ways that DEN offers Dow employees with disabilities the opportunity to connect, share and build relationships at work and in local communities around the world.
"Diversity plays a key role in our ability to spark innovation and generate growth. People with disabilities represent a tremendous pool of talent and potential that we cannot afford to overlook."
David E. Kepler, DEN Executive Sponsor