Dow Named 2019 “Best Place to Work” for LGBTQ+ Equality by Human Rights Campaign Foundation

The recognition marks Dow’s 14 th consecutive year receiving a perfect score on the Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index

(Business Wire) MIDLAND, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In recognition of its inclusive workplace, Dow has been named by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation as a 2019 “Best Place to Work” for LGBTQ+ equality. This marks the Company’s 14th consecutive year receiving a perfect score on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to LGBTQ+ employees.

“This recognition reaffirms our longstanding commitment to driving a diverse workplace where everyone can bring their whole selves to work every day,” said Jim Fitterling, chief executive officer of Dow. “Recruiting and retaining diverse talent is a business imperative which enables Dow’s ambition to become the most innovative, customer-centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company. From the board room to the shop floor, we aim to promote a fair and inclusive work environment for everyone because it is the right thing to do.”

“We are proud of our track record on LGBTQ+ rights and inclusion; and we will continue working to achieve the highest standards for policies and practices, championing equality for all of our employees,” said Karen S. Carter, Dow’s chief human resources officer and chief inclusion officer.

Dow offers best-in-class policies and practices for LGBTQ+ colleagues, including equal benefits to same-sex partners for health, dental and life insurance, bereavement leave, relocation, dual-career assistance and survivor benefits.

The Company also advocates for state and federal public policies bringing fairness and equal treatment to LGBTQ+ citizens. As part of this commitment, Dow recently reinforced its support for the Equality Act, a comprehensive federal framework that ensures fairness and opportunity for all.

Globally, Dow actively shares best practices with other like-minded organizations, leading the way toward a more diverse and inclusive culture. One notable example includes Dow achieving a 100 percent score on the 2018 HRC Equidad MX certification in Mexico for the second consecutive year.

In 2018, five Dow leaders were honored on OUTstanding's "Leading" lists, including LGBT+ Executives (with Fitterling at No. 1), Leading Ally Executives and Top LGBT+ Future Leaders, presented by the Financial Times.

In addition to OUTstanding, Dow maintains strong partnerships via philanthropy, board of director positions, and joint programming, with several organizations, including: the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates (O&E), PFLAG National, Victory Institute, Workplace Pride and GLAAD, amongst others. These partnerships are aligned to Dow’s inclusion and diversity vision.

About Dow

Dow combines science and technology knowledge to develop premier materials science solutions that are essential to human progress. Dow has one of the strongest and broadest toolkits in the industry, with robust technology, asset integration, scale and competitive capabilities that enable it to address complex global issues. Dow’s market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of advanced materials, industrial intermediates and plastics businesses deliver a broad range of differentiated technology-based products and solutions for customers in high-growth markets such as packaging, infrastructure and consumer care. Dow is a subsidiary of DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP), a holding company comprised of Dow and DuPont with the intent to form three strong, independent, publicly traded companies in agriculture, materials science and specialty sectors. More information can be found at