Safely returning to the workplace, together

 

Icons representing return to workplace standards

May 18, 2020 | Jim Fitterling

My top priority is – and always will be – Team Dow’s safety and the safety of all our stakeholders. Throughout this pandemic, we have been doing everything we can to live up to that commitment.


There are 36,000+ members of Team Dow around the world.

About 14,000 of our colleagues have been operating our facilities throughout this crisis – staffing plants and laboratories to manufacture and ship vital products and technologies needed to power the world’s healthcare and hygiene industries.

Our remaining 22,000 team members, whose roles allow them to do so, have been working from home – some have been managing our vast supply chain networks, securing contingency logistics capacity and moving critical raw materials into our plants, while others have been attentively responding to the needs of our customers and partners.

My top priority is – and always will be – Team Dow’s safety and the safety of all our stakeholders. Throughout this pandemic, we have been doing everything we can to live up to that commitment.

The impacts of the pandemic are experienced by each of us in a unique and personal way. And, as a result, how we ensure the continued health and wellbeing of our colleagues going forward will need to reflect that. Our approach must be thoughtful. It must be comprehensive. And it must be compassionate.

Bottom line: While we will use our best health and safety processes and technology to ensure smart and safe global standards, a return to the workplace cannot and will not be a one-size-fits-all model.

As work continues towards more widespread testing and the development of a vaccine, we’ll need to plan for how we continue operations, resume operations, and safely integrate employees back into our sites.

We have learned a great deal about how to ensure a safe working environment during this pandemic, and we know the precautions we have taken do work.

That’s why we are sharing our Return to the Workplace Playbook.

We believe a staged approach that methodically and thoughtfully reopens the economy will keep the most people healthy and safe. And by sharing our approach and best practices, we hope that manufacturers and other companies who have shut down completely can learn from us and other essential businesses.

To ensure the health and wellbeing of all our stakeholders and the broader global community, it is as important as ever that we work together and learn from one another.
 

Jim Fitterling, Chairman and CEO

 

This article originally appeared on Jim Fitterling’s LinkedIn profile.


Business unusual: The case for plastics in a modern world

 

graphic with interconnected dots

Aug 03, 2020 | Jim Fitterling

Together, we – government, industry and society – are changing systems through strong commitments and bold actions.


There’s been nothing usual about 2020. And that means going forward nothing should be “business as usual.”

Across industries we have had to rethink how we do business from top to bottom, accelerating our need for further digitalization and forcing us to build more resilient supply chains.

We have made strong commitments to move towards a more equitable and inclusive world, addressing the pervasive issues of inequality and injustice.