Dow Recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation


Award marks nine consecutive years the Company has been recognized for support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in the workplace

MIDLAND, Mich. - November 20, 2012

The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW) today announced the Company received a 100 percent rating from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation for policies and practices that support the fair treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees in the workplace.

Dow’s perfect score in the HRC’s 2013 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) marks nine consecutive years the Company has been recognized for best-in-class practices of LGBT inclusion in the workplace. Dow has participated in the index since its inception in 2002, and in 2005 was the first in the chemical industry to receive a 100 percent rating.

“The criteria against which the Human Rights Campaign measured companies’ policies and practices pertinent to LGBT employees have become increasingly stringent over the last 11 years. That we have maintained full marks for nine consecutive years is clear recognition of Dow's leadership and courage to create a better future and be an employer of choice for LGBT,” said Howard I. Ungerleider, executive vice president, Advanced Materials, The Dow Chemical Company, and executive sponsor of the Gays, Lesbians and Allies at Dow (GLAD) Employee Network.

Voluntary participation in the CEI has doubled since its inception. In 2002, 319 companies participated; this year 688 companies participated. Among Fortune 500 companies, Dow is one of 293 that voluntarily submitted surveys.

In the CEI’s inaugural year, just 13 companies received a score of 100 percent. In the 2013 CEI, a record 252 businesses including Dow achieved the top rating, earning the coveted distinction of “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.”

The HRC's CEI report is the premiere national benchmark for LGBT workplace inclusion. It rates companies on 40 policies and practices covering nearly every aspect of employment for LGBT workers – from pension benefits to gender transition guidelines to supplier diversity.

The HRC seeks to improve the lives of LGBT Americans by advocating for equal rights and benefits in the workplace, ensuring families are treated equally under the law, and increasing public support among all Americans. For more information on the HRC’s CEI report, go to www.hrc.org/cei.

About 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.

For editorial information:

Kyle Bandlow
The Dow Chemical Company
+1 (989) 638-2417
kbandlow@dow.com