Racial bias and division are woven into the fabric of our society. Every day, members of the Black community encounter racism, bigotry, and threat of violence because of the color of their skin. As we reflect on recent racial injustices, we know it’s not enough to just condemn this bigotry. We have to dismantle it in ourselves and our organization.
We’ve pledged $5 million over the next five years to help accelerate change and developed Dow ACTs – a bold framework designed to address systemic racism and inequality within our Company and in the communities where we live, work and play. This strategic framework was informed by input from our employees and Global African Affinity Network (one of our employee resource groups) and has the full support of Dow’s Leadership Team and Board of Directors. Here’s how we plan to ACT for racial equality:
Dow has been at the forefront of corporate advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community. We’ve committed to take similar actions to address racism and racial inequality:
When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Dow responded with financial and hands-on support. Our response to racial inequality will be no different:
We have work to do to improve the diversity of our workforce and talent pipeline. As noted in our 2019 Shine Inclusion Report, Black employees make up 8.5% of our U.S. employee population. According to the 2019 U.S. Census Bureau’s estimates, the U.S. population is 13.4% Black. To improve representation across all levels and ensure our workforce reflects the stakeholders we serve, we will:
We know we must do better going forward and fully commit to our foundational responsibility to human decency. Our work through Dow ACTs is the smart thing to do and the right thing to do for our business and for society. These actions are just the beginning, and we will continue to share progress as we move forward in our fight for equality.
“It’s not just up to the African American community to fight the racism these incidents reflect. It’s up to all of us, especially those of us who would likely never personally experience a situation like this.”
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Our ambition is to be the most innovative, inclusive, and sustainable materials sciences company in the world. This report captures the results of our inclusion and diversity efforts.
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