Inclusion and Diversity
“Inclusion & Diversity is a business imperative for Dow and is not only the right thing to do, but it’s the smart thing to do. We are striving to create an environment where every employee is respected and valued and has an equal opportunity to develop, advance and be heard.”
Karen S. Carter, Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Inclusion Officer
Our solutions are reshaping our world. And at the heart of our solutions are our people. Their diversity* is our strength. They reflect the world in which we do business and the communities in which we live. Dow is proud to join the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™, the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance inclusion and diversity in the workplace.
Representing 175 companies, 50+ industries and all geographies, our public commitment is driven by a realization that addressing inclusion and diversity is not a competitive issue, but a societal issue, that together we can play a critical role in addressing.
Inclusion and Diversity Strategy
From formal training to policies that promote inclusion, accessibility and equal treatment, we invest in growing our understanding and appreciation of the differences among us to thrive.
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.
In 2018, Dow released its first ever Inclusion Report, SHINE. To learn more about Dow’s Inclusion 2020 Goals, strategy and progress, view the full report here.
Inclusion and Diversity Governance
Dow’s Inclusion and Diversity 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.
Championing Inclusion Through Employee Resource Groups
Our ten Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are key partners in helping us connect and engage talent. With over 186 chapters worldwide, our ERGs are just one way we are making inclusion a hallmark of Dow.
Several of the ERGs have formed partnerships with external organizations to drive progress and change, develop community programs and pursue other outreach opportunities.
In addition to the ERGs, we also support informal employee groups, such as working parents, young professionals and biking clubs to promote camaraderie, teamwork and fun in the workplace.
Women's Inclusion Network
WIN supports the professional development of women around the world, offering mentoring and networking opportunities, and providing access to professional development tailored to the unique needs of women at critical career stages.
Executive Sponsor: Howard Ungerleider, President and Chief Financial Officer
Global African Affinity Network
GAAN creates opportunities for employees to develop mentoring and networking relationships that enhance their career potential.
Executive Sponsor: Jim Fitterling, Chief Executive Officer
Asian Diversity Network
ADN offers networking with peers and leaders, mentorship opportunities, resources for skill development and advocates for greater Asian cultural awareness.
Executive Sponsor: A.N. Sreeram, Senior Vice President of Research & Development and Chief Technology Officer
GLAD, the chemical industry’s first LGBTQ+ employee resource group, was formed more than 15 years ago, to improve LGBTQ+ workplace equality.
Executive Sponsor: Larry Ryan, President, Dow Growth Platforms and Technologies; North America oversight
Hispanic Latin Network
HLN focuses on 3 pillars: build the pipeline of Hispanic talent, develop and engage through activities and trainings, and contribute to an inclusive environment.
Executive Sponsor: Mauro Gregorio, Business President, Consumer Solutions; Latin America oversight
Disability Employee Network
DEN focuses on improving perceptions about people with disabilities and raising awareness about the contributions they make – both at work and outside of work – and fosters the success of people with disabilities.
Executive Sponsor: Peter Holicki, Senior Vice President, Operations, Manufacturing & Engineering, Environment, Health & Safety Operations Emergency Services & Security
Middle East│North Africa Intercultural Network
The Middle East│North Africa Intercultural Network is focused on breaking stereotypes, bringing awareness and inclusion of Middle Eastern culture, and providing insight into conducting business in the region.
Executive Sponsor: Diego Donoso, Business President, Packaging & Specialty Plastics
VetNet was established to attract, retain and mentor active service members and veterans, and serve as an education resource, while also generating positive community outreach.
Executive Sponsor: Jane Palmieri, Business President, Polyurethanes; Asia Pacific oversight
PR!ME creates a culture of appreciation and recognition for mature workers and leverages their unique expertise and experience to contribute to the growth of Dow.
Executive Sponsor: Melanie Kalmar, Corporate Vice President, Chief Information Officer and Chief Digital Officer
RISE provides an environment to foster positive integration of new employees, enabling them to contribute their full potential faster and influence the Dow culture through their unique voice.
Executive Sponsor: Ester Baiget, Business President, Industrial Solutions
Advancing Individual Potential
Our workforce is comprised of exceptionally talented employees. Each individual’s skill and willingness to work as ‘One Team’ makes us one of the most competitive companies in the market.
Every day, we are committed to building a vibrant, diverse and talented employee-base, investing in each employee’s growth and development through professional training and mentoring, community involvement and team building.
Our training programs are designed to challenge our employees and prepare them for the next step in their careers.
Driving Economic Growth Through Supplier Diversity
As a global leader in material sciences, Dow recognizes engagement of small & diverse suppliers maximizes bottom-line value, drives innovation and supports economic growth. Dow's supplier diversity initiative focuses on identifying and building relationships with enterprises owned by minorities, women, veterans, LGBTQ+ and disabled persons as well as certified small businesses. Learn more about Dow’s Supplier Diversity.
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 (LGBTQ+) 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.
* We are a stronger company by providing a culture of excellence, equality, safety and innovation that celebrates diversity across all spectrums: race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sex, age, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or mental or physical ability.