Dow recently announced that it has advanced to 19th place on the 2021 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list. According to Dow, its placement on the list for the fourth consecutive year showcases its continued acceleration of actions and strengthening of inclusion and diversity (I&D) across the organization. Dow was also included on three of DiversityInc's Specialty Lists: second on Top Companies for Employee Resource Groups; #13 on Top Companies for People with Disabilities; and one of the Top Companies for ESG.
"Our commitment to inclusion and diversity has allowed us to navigate through challenging times with increased employee engagement, faster decision making, and enhanced innovation," said Jim Fitterling, Dow chairman and CEO. "Dow's placement on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list is a recognition of our progress, and it motivates us to do even better because it allows us to be measured among the best."
While facing multiple crises, including a global pandemic, unprecedented weather events, and social justice challenges, Dow reports that it tapped into the power of its 10 global employee resource groups. According to the company, these groups were a driving force of productivity and engagement throughout 2020 and have accelerated progress across a number of business priorities.
"On behalf of Team Dow, we are honored to be recognized by DiversityInc for the deliberate efforts we have taken to build an inclusive culture and capture the unique benefits of our diverse workforce," said Karen S. Carter, chief inclusion officer and chief human resources office for Dow. "There's still more work to do, and we are committed to driving equity and accelerating change—for Team Dow, for our customers, suppliers, communities and all stakeholders."
Issued annually since 2001, the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list recognizes companies with at least 1,000 employees in the U.S. for their management of diversity and inclusion. The list is based on data from a survey with more than 200 questions, which tracks and connects human capital outcomes with best practices used to promote the advancement of underrepresented groups in the workplace such as women, minorities, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+, and veterans. The rankings take into account several factors, including but not limited to talent development, recruitment, supplier diversity, and senior leadership commitment to inclusion and diversity.