Diversity and inclusion has long been part of Dow’s culture. Over the past few years, the company has raised the bar for making inclusion a catalyst for positive change. Building an inclusive workplace for all benefits employees, customers, suppliers, communities and the bottom line.
Dow recently accelerated actions and deepened its commitment to strengthening inclusion and diversity (I&D) across the organization. This included institutionalizing a new I&D governance structure that shares ownership among Dow’s leadership and embedding I&D metrics into the corporate scorecard to drive accountability down and across the company.
The company is engaging its employees through several employee resource groups (ERGs). ERGs are fostering a culture of inclusion by functioning as catalysts that help drive culture change, create community, and advance business results.
In 2018, two new ERGs were launched focusing on new and mature employee groups and their allies. Now, more than 30% of employees globally are involved in at least one of Dow’s 10 ERGs.
Dow hosted its first ever All ERG Conference bringing together more than 500 employees from 30 countries to Houston, Texas – one of the most diverse cities in the United States.
At this highly engaging event, employees heard a series of personal stories from their colleagues called “Walk a Day IN My Shoes,” gathered leadership insights from company executives and external thought leaders, and also participated in a day of service and volunteerism with local nonprofits. This business meeting was the start of a movement to bring out the best in Dow’s people to help achieve the Company’s ambition.
Dow is committed to supplier diversity as an element of the global I&D strategy and views it as a business imperative delivering bottom-line value. Among the key accomplishments in 2018, the company doubled spend with certified diverse suppliers and achieved an Advanced Process benchmark rating with Ralph G. Moore & Associates.
These successes were enabled by naming a global supplier diversity leader, launching a multigenerational plan, and establishing both a global Supplier Diversity Advisory Council and a Tier II reporting policy.
The company’s work in inclusion expands to advocacy and promotion for a fair, diverse and inclusive workplace for all. Dow continues to call for public policies that make the communities where we live, work and do business more competitive and economically sound.