Global African Affinity Network (GAAN)

In 2020, GAAN had a record increase in participation. In the face of a global reckoning on race, GAAN took a leading role in giving voice to Black employees’ experiences in forums with colleagues and with Dow’s leaders. The goal? Listening, learning and action. A listening session between GAAN and senior leaders became the genesis for Dow ACTs, our framework designed to address systemic racism and inequity. Additionally, GAAN partnered with Dow businesses to better meet the needs of Black consumers.

GAAN Champion Awards

Dow’s first-ever GAAN Champion Awards recognized employees who advocate for racial equality, cultivate talent across the pipeline, drive positive cultural change within the company, and volunteer and engage in their communities.

  • Advocacy: Eneias Sousa, a cost accountant for Dow Polyurethanes, has been a tireless advocate for GAAN in Latin America and Europe – setting up a mentoring program in Brazil and helping launch GAAN EMEAI.
  • Build & retain: Bola Oshin, a finance manager for Dow Industrial Solutions, has taken the lead in recruiting Black students for finance roles at Dow and mentoring employees.
  • Cultural awareness: Elieth Batista Fonseca, an environmental, regulatory and compliance specialist, helped create workshops and training sessions for Inclusion Week Brazil and a GAAN-sponsored workshop called “Inclusion Has All Colors.”
  • Volunteerism: Melanie Robinson, an improvement engineer, has worked with the Young Leadership Council, Junior Achievement and Dow to hold at least two STEM events per year.

GAAN and Dow Home & Personal Care business partner for textured hair care

Dow’s Home & Personal Care team partnered with GAAN to identify the unmet haircare needs of African heritage consumers in the textured hair care market. The feedback is helping the business advance its testing capabilities and develop new formulation offerings for end-market consumers, exemplifying how ERGs can serve as business partners.