"When you work at the intersections of science and society, you cannot afford to have a narrow view of the world. By reflecting the differing experiences, backgrounds and perspectives of the world in which we operate, we can bring a total view to the solutions table, unleashing the power of the human element and enabling us to recruit and retain the best and the brightest." -- Andrew N. Liveris
INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY STRATEGY
By 2020, Dow is leading in Inclusion: authentic, respectful, equitable
At Dow, we lead with inclusion because without an inclusive workplace, diversity is just a numbers game instead of being a powerful force for Dow winning in the marketplace. To achieve our vision, we have established seven global foundational pillars:
- Governance: Institutionalize an inclusive culture
- Customers: Deliver an unparalleled customer experience
- Talent: Increase employee engagement and create an environment where everyone can thrive
- People leaders: Cultivate an inclusive culture
- Suppliers: Achieve top benchmark performance in supplier diversity
- Communities: Strengthen communities where we live, work and do business
- Reputation: Establish a leadership position and be recognized as a great place to work
Inclusion & Diversity is part of Dow’s business strategy with the governance structure, vision statement, key performance indicators (KPIs), areas of focus and measures in place for an effective, sustainable strategy implementation and sustained performance.
To hold ourselves accountable, we measure and track our progress on these goals - and to demonstrate to others that our commitment to inclusion and diversity is backed by meaningful actions and results
Dow’s Diversity and Inclusion strategy is led by Karen S. Carter, Dow’s first-ever Chief Inclusion Officer.
Three committees play distinct and necessary roles for implementation.
- The President’s Inclusion Council defines and supports the mandate from the top.
- A Senior Leaders Inclusion Council influences change through senior mid-level business and functional leaders.
- A Joint Inclusion Council will proactively engage with Dow’s Employee Resource Groups to ensure we are engaging employees at all levels.
For more information on Dow's employee Inclusion and Diversity strategy click here.
CHAMPIONING INCLUSION IN OUR COMMUNITIES
Through charitable and volunteer efforts, Dow employees are enhancing many communities around the world, as well as building stronger relationships and connections with one another. Here are just a few examples of diversity organizations that Dow supports through its philanthropy and volunteerism.
- NACME (National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering): Dow’s contribution helps create opportunities for underrepresented minority youth to pursue engineering studies, and helps ensure the successful graduate access to a potentially exciting and rewarding career.
- Dow Promise: This outreach program works with external partners to help overcome educational and economic challenges of African-American young people and adults in communities near Dow sites.
- Out & Equal: This national nonprofit organization headquartered in San Francisco, Calif., advocates safe and equitable workplaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.
- My Handicap: Dow Europe supports this organization, which focuses on meeting the needs of people with disabilities in everyday corporate life, increasing employment of people with disabilities and promoting barrier-free work infrastructures.
- Women’s Empowerment Principles: A partnership of UN Women and the UN Global Compact, this initiative joins 167 companies and other organizations from around the world in their mission to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.