Dow 2016 Working Mother 100 Best Companies
2016 List Recognizes Dow for Progressive Workplace Programs
MIDLAND, Mich. - September 27, 2016 - - Working Mother magazine today named The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) to the 2016 Working Mother 100 Best Companies list, marking the twelfth time in the award’s 31 year history that Dow has received this prestigious recognition. This award honors companies committed to addressing the core issues of working moms and women’s advancement through progressive workplace programs including development, flexibility, child care and paid parental leave.
Johanna Soderstrom, corporate vice president, Human Resources and Aviation said, “We recently made significant changes to our global policies to better accommodate working mothers by offering a minimum of 12 weeks paid parental leave for the eligible birthmother, and up to two weeks for the non-birthing parent. The changes also include flexible work arrangement options, request to limit business travel, and shipment of breast milk back home during travel. This award recognizes the actions Dow has taken specifically to assist new parents with adjusting to a new addition in their lives while simultaneously providing an opportunity to remain engaged in the workplace.”
Dow also announced today its 2016 Working Mother of the Year, Adriana Ratterman, regional sales leader, Dow AgroSciences. The Working Mother of the Year honor recognizes a working mom who is a great mentor to other women, who succeeds in combining work and family, serves as positive role model and mentor, and distinguishes herself in the workplace and community.
“Dow remains committed to a workplace that values diversity and inclusion, and working mothers are a critical part of this equation,” said Pedro Suarez, president of Dow USA. “Dow is proud to be recognized as a company that implements policies to enable all employees to reach their fullest potential.”
Dow’s 2016 Working Mother of the Year
Adriana Ratterman, a leader in the Ag Business and within the Indianapolis Community, began her Dow career in 1995 as a sales representative in Fresno, CA. Ratterman currently serves as a regional sales leader at Dow AgroSciences with a team of over 100 direct and in-direct reports. She lives in Indianapolis, IN with her husband, Drew and they are the proud parents of two daughters, Grayson (9) and Garrett (8). She prides herself on work performance and balancing the expectations of being a mother. Ratterman mentors and advises both men and women within Dow, including employees outside of her team. She is involved with WIN at Dow and supports the community through her volunteer activities. She is a sustaining Junior League member and is extremely involved in her church and school, recently elected to the school commission (Immaculate Heart of Mary). Wherever possible, Ratterman engages her children in her volunteer activities to instill the importance and values of giving back and philanthropy.
“At Dow, we value the diverse perspectives that our working mothers and all employees bring to work each and every day,” adds Jane Palmieri, business president, Dow Building & Construction and North American chairperson for the Women’s Innovation Network (WIN), one of eight Company supported employee resource groups. “Their diversity of thought fuels our innovation and is essential to Dow’s success.”
Jennifer Owens, editorial director of Working Mother Media, says, “For 31 years, Working Mother has tracked the progress of companies that lead in creating a supportive workplace for America’s families. Now more than ever, with changing family dynamics, parental benefits are a key weapon in the war for talent. These companies aim to create the culture that attract the best talent.”
This year Dow and Ratterman will attend the Working Mothers 100 Best Companies Work Life Congress on October 17-18 at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square. Dow and Ratterman will also attend the 100 Best Companies Gala Awards Dinner and participate in an awards presentation ceremony. The 100 Best Companies are featured in the October/November issue of Working Mother and on workingmother.com. For over 30 years the Working Mother Best Companies initiative has been one of the most credible measures of family-friendly companies.
For more information on Dow’s inclusive culture, including information on working at Dow, visit www.dow.com/careers.
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company is driving innovations that extract value from material, polymer, chemical and biological science to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, clean energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's integrated, market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 180 countries and in high-growth sectors such as packaging, electronics, water, coatings and agriculture. In 2015, Dow had annual sales of nearly $49 billion and employed approximately 49,500 people worldwide. The Company's more than 6,000 product families are manufactured at 179 sites in 35 countries across the globe. On June 1, 2016, Dow became the 100 percent owner of Dow Corning Corporation’s silicones business, a global company with sales of greater than $4.5 billion in 2015, 25 manufacturing sites in 9 countries and approximately 10,000 employees worldwide. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.
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