Dow ACTs

Dow ACTs to address racial inequality

In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, Dow stepped forward to demonstrate its care for our Black employees and its commitment to take action against racial inequality. On May 31, 2020, Dow CEO Jim Fitterling posted a blog on the company’s website called: You matter. Let’s ACT. It was a call to be allies. It was a call to act. He wrote: “There’s a lot of work to do here to overcome hundreds of years of systemic oppression, but I am committed to helping Team Dow find a way.”

To discover “that” way, Jim hosted a virtual conversation attended by more than 1,100 colleagues, including Dow’s entire executive leadership team. This town hall was sponsored by GAAN, and attended by Black employees and their allies.

The goal was to listen so that leadership could determine actions that would drive real and meaningful change inside and outside of Dow. The result was a holistic plan to address systemic racism and racial inequality, approved by our Board of Directors, called Dow ACTs. ACT is an acronym for three action areas: Advocacy … Community engagement … and our own Talent pipeline.

Progress against Dow ACTs commitments

Advocacy
  • Launched U.S Social Justice Council
  • New $1MM partnership with Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
  • Paid time-off for voting for U.S. employees
  • Joined the Board Diversity Action Alliance and the Civic Alliance
  • Dow Chief Human Resources and Inclusion Officer Karen S. Carter appointed to Michigan Governor’s Black Leadership Advisory Council
Community
  • Pledged $600,000 to the Dow Promise program
  • Established Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a U.S. paid holiday and an opportunity for a day of service
  • Partnered with the U.S. Chamber’s Coalition to Back Black Businesses
Talent
  • Committed $5MM to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) through 2024
  • Completed first cohort of Dow’s Advocacy-in-Action Sponsorship Program to develop and advance Black talent
  • Hosted Diamond and BEST early career symposia
  • Developed and launched new Inclusive Leadership Training
  • Expanded new Student Mentor Academies for Black youth in Michigan and U.S Gulf Coast

We took a visible stance, making clear our position on racial injustice and our intention to act.

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