Dow honoured as the 2019 ‘Best Place to Work’ for LGBTQ+ equality by Human Rights Campaign Foundation

Dow honoured as the 2019 ‘Best Place to Work’ for LGBTQ+ equality by Human Rights Campaign Foundation
Published: 31 March 2019 - 7 a.m.
By: Martin Menachery
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 the best practices with other like-minded organisations, leading the way toward a more diverse and inclusive culture. One notable example includes Dow achieving a 100% score on the 2018 HRC Equidad MX certification in Mexico for the second consecutive year.

In 2018, five Dow leaders were honoured 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 organisations, 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.

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