Dow Recognized Among “Best Places To Work” For LGBT Employees By HRC

Marking the ninth consecutive year of recognition for its continued leadership of and commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in the workplace, The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) today was honored by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) for achieving a 100 percent rating on its corporate equality index – a national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT employees. Dow has participated in the HRC index since its inception in 2002, and was the first in the chemical industry to receive a perfect score back in 2005.

For more than a decade, Dow has offered best-in-class practices of LGBT inclusion in the workplace including equal benefits to same-sex partners for everything from health, dental and life insurance to bereavement leave, relocation and dual career assistance. Dow also recognizes survivor benefits for its pension plan for LGBT, and began providing transgender benefits in 2010. Only one in four FORTUNE 500 companies meet these collective criteria, according to data compiled by the HRC.

“Our culture of inclusion is not only is matter of equality and fundamental human rights, it is a critical business imperative, playing a fundamental role in attracting and retaining the best and brightest talent,” said Howard Ungerleider, Executive Vice President, Dow and Executive Sponsor, GLAD (gays, lesbians and allies at Dow). “The recognition by the HRC is a testament to our tireless efforts to support this ideal, and to ensure every Dow employee is able to bring their whole self to work and to live up to their fullest personal and professional potential.”

Ungerleider added, “Through courage, fortitude and by living the Dow values of integrity and respect for people, we continue to shape the culture at Dow and in society by collaborating with like-minded organizations to foster inclusion, celebrate differences and strive toward a working environment where sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression are irrelevant.”

While many states in the U.S. and abroad have yet to pass laws protecting LGBT people from discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, Dow has actively pushed for federal legislation, speaking multiple times in recent years on Capitol Hill regarding LGBT rights in the workplace – most recently in 2012, when GLAD leadership testified before the Senate in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

Earlier this year, Dow received the 2013 Workplace Excellence Award from Out & Equal, the world’s largest nonprofit organization specifically dedicated to creating safe and equitable workplaces for LGBT people, which recognizes an employer that has an ongoing commitment to workplace equality, demonstrated by unquestioned leadership, dedication and innovation on behalf of LGBT employees everywhere.

GLAD has earned recognition from several other premier national and international LGBT organizations in recent years, including the International Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce; Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG); and Lambda Legal.

Dow’s GLAD network is the largest of Dow’s seven diversity networks, comprising 17 local chapters and more than 1,700 participants in every geography around the world, and has championed for the realization of a fully inclusive workplace for more than 12 years.

The Human Rights Campaign is the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for LGBT Americans, representing more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide.

About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2012, Dow had annual sales of approximately $57 billion and employed approximately 54,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 188 sites in 36 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.

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