No. 37 | Dow


  • CEO Jim Fitterling chairs the company’s executive diversity council and also sponsors the African American employee resource group and meets with resource groups monthly.
  • Nine of the company’s 10 employee resource groups are sponsored by the C-suite.
  • Dow has a 100% Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI) index rating. The company has been very engaged in driving public policy and advocacy for LGBTQ+ issues, including but not limited to calling for a comprehensive U.S. federal framework that ensures fairness and opportunity for everyone such as the Equality Act.


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.



Jim Fitterling
Chief Executive Officer

“Inclusion and diversity isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do. At Dow, it is critical that we build a culture that taps into the diversity of our people so that we can achieve our long-term ambition of creating the most innovative, customer-centric, inclusive, and sustainable materials science company in the world.”


Karen S. Carter
Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Inclusion Officer

“At Dow, we intentionally lead with inclusion because without it, we cannot attract, retain or engage a talented and diverse workforce or reap the full human and financial benefits. There is little value in a diverse workforce if you do not have an inclusive culture that encourages and enables all people to make their fullest contribution.”


U.S. Headquarters: Midland, MI
Global Employees: 37,000
Last Year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking • No. 50


  • No. 12 Employee Resource Groups
  • No. 15 People with Disabilities
  • No. 21 Executive Diversity Council
  • LGBT Employees