Warsaw, Poland - May 30, 2012
Robert Stankiewicz, Dow Poland Country Manager, at the awarding ceremony
Dow has been named among the winners of the Polish national contest “Mother at Work”, organized by the Saint Nicholas Foundation in Poland, together with Rzeczpospolita and MillwardBrown SMG/KRC, research agency in Poland and Eastern Europe.
The results of the survey qualified Dow as winner among the medium-size companies in Poland, offering women, including working mothers, longer lasting careers at Dow and rewarding working environment along with a good work life balance. Dow was recognized at the official ceremony on May 23, 2012 as an employer of choice together with other local and international players such as Danone and Hay Group.
"We are honored to receive this prestigious award which clearly demonstrates our Company’s commitment to respecting one of Dow’s core values – People. We are developing talent and enhancing inclusion, offering high-class leadership development programs for women and men at all levels,” commented Robert Stankiewicz, Country Manager of Dow in Poland, speaking at the awarding ceremony. “At Dow we believe that robust, multi-level networking, mentoring and sponsorship along with rewarding working environment are key fundamentals to drive change and fuel our growth,” concluded Robert.
Awards were presented directly to the winning companies in three categories - big-size (more than 250 employees), medium (from 50 to 250 employees) and small companies (less than 50 employees), and across different segments, which included finance, consulting, telecommunication, banking, media. The awarding ceremony took place on May 23, 2012 in Warsaw at the Warsaw Stock Exchange.
Dow Receives “Mother at Work” Award
“Mother at Work” certificates are granted based on data gathered from electronic questionnaires submitted anonymously by women employed in the companies participating in the contest. This year, we have collected 5,570 questionnaires from 92 registered institutions,” said Izabela Schnell, representative of the Saint Nicholas Foundation. “The main goal of the contest was to promote the best practices implemented by the companies present in Poland. Flexible working hours, home-work offices, private healthcare system, additional, paid, month-length maternity leave or special package for a child – these are just a few examples of solutions aimed to guarantee success of young mothers at work. Employers like Dow do facilitate women’s progress in the company and private life, offering favorable working conditions, as they acknowledge this as one of key fundamentals for the business success,” Izabela added.
Aleksandra Kaczorowska, Customer Service representative of Dow in Poland, who represented Dow’s female organization, commented: “Dow is committed to building a vibrant, diverse and talented employee base and helping each employee grow and develop. Dow women in particular receive support in the course of their career development, when they become young mothers and coming back from maternity leave. We have a chance to be an active member of a variety of programs at Dow, share our perspectives and experience, and ultimately grow personally and professionally.”
You can find further information about the contest “Mother at Work” on the Foundation's website www.mikolaj.org.pl.
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2011, Dow had annual sales of $60 billion and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 197 sites in 36 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.
About Dow in Poland
Dow has been present in Poland for almost 40 years, offering a variety of performance and base plastics and chemicals for a wide range of downstream industries including automotive, oil and gas, packaging, building and construction, furniture, wire and cable, large appliances, water treatment and agricultural products. Since the official opening of the first representation offices in Warsaw in 1973, Dow’s operations in the country have grown significantly. Today, Poland is the third largest country for sales within the Dow East Europe Growth Region that reached in 2011 the turnover of more than half a billion USD and employed more than 120 highly qualified and motivated people. In addition to the commercial presence in Warsaw, the Company has a Polyurethane System House Service Center for customer support in Łazy (10 km outside Warsaw). Following Dow’s acquisition of Rohm and Haas in 2009, the Company further strengthened its position in the local market and expanded its presence with a new manufacturing facility built in Dzierżoniów by the SKC Haas joint venture company for the production of electronic materials.
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