Inclusion and Diversity

Karen S. Carter, Chief Inclusion Officer“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 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
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.

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.

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.

Inclusion and Diversity Governance

Inclusion & Diversity is part of Dow’s business strategy with a governance structure, vision statement, key performance indicators (KPIs), areas of focus and measures in place for sustained implementation and performance.

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.

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 Through Employee Resource Groups

Our eight 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 Innovation NetworkWIN 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, Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer

African-American NetworkAAN creates opportunities for employees to develop mentoring and networking relationships that enhance their career potential.

Executive Sponsor: Jim Fitterling, President and Chief Operating Officer

Asian Diversity NetworkADN offers networking with peers and leaders, mentorship opportunities, resources for skill development and advocates for greater Asian cultural awareness.

Executive Sponsor: A.N. Sreeram, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President, Research & Development

LGBT Employee Resource GroupGLAD, the chemical industry’s first LGBT employee resource group, was formed more than 15 years ago, to improve LGBT workplace equality.

Executive Sponsor: Larry Ryan, President, Dow Growth Platforms and Technologies

Hispanic Latin NetworkHLN 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

Disability Employee NetworkDEN 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 and EH&S Operations

MENA Intercultural NetworkThe 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

Vet NetVetNet 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