Dow Honored for 12th Consecutive Year as “Best Place to Work” for LGBT Employees

MIDLAND, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) today received a perfect score on
the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s Corporate
Equality Index
– a global benchmarking tool on corporate policies
and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)
equality and inclusion. This announcement marks the twelfth consecutive
year Dow has earned recognition on HRC’s list of “Best Places to Work”
for LGBT employees in honor of the Company’s 100% rating.

“Dow continues to actively engage with all of our stakeholders to
advance rights and inclusion for the LGBT community,” said Howard
, vice chairman and chief financial officer for Dow and
executive sponsor of GLAD, Dow’s employee resource group for LGBT and
Ally Employees. “It’s both a moral and business imperative that we
create an environment where all individuals are supported and valued. By
fostering an inclusive culture both within and beyond the Company, we’re
ensuring that everyone has the ability to unlock their true personal and
professional potential.”

Dow has offered equal benefits to same-sex partners for over a decade
and has best-in-class transgender policies and health benefits that are
aligned to the standards of the World Professional Association for
Transgender Health, a professional and educational organization devoted
to transgender health. Internally, Dow’s LGBT employee resource group
GLAD remains the largest of eight diversity networks within the Company,
comprised of more than 3,000 employee participants across the globe.

Externally, the Company has been a longstanding advocate for state and
federal legislation protecting LGBT people from policies that seek to
create nonexclusive environments. Dow has spoken out in opposition to
contentious legislation in several states, including North Carolina,
Indiana, Louisiana and Texas. At the federal level, Dow was the first
business to endorse the landmark Equality Act that aims to establish
permanent protections against discrimination in matters of employment,
housing, access to public places, federal funding, credit, education and
jury service.

Dow has also engaged heavily with peer companies and local businesses to
advocate for an inclusive workplace and society globally. Last year, Dow
was among the first companies to sign onto the inaugural HRC Global
Corporate Coalition for Equality to drive LGBT equality around the
world. Leaders across the Company continue to lend their voices on the
business and societal benefits of a diverse and inclusive environment
locally, nationally and globally.

About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to
passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company
is driving innovations that extract value from material, polymer,
chemical and biological science to help address many of the world’s most
challenging problems such as the need for clean water, clean energy
generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity.
Dow’s integrated, market-driven, 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 180 countries and in high-growth sectors such
as packaging, electronics, water, coatings and agriculture. In 2015, Dow
had annual sales of nearly $49 billion and employed approximately 49,000
people worldwide. The Company’s more than 6,000 product families are
manufactured at 179 sites in 35 countries across the globe. On June 1,
2016, Dow became the 100 percent owner of Dow Corning Corporation’s
silicones business, a global company with sales of greater than $4.5
billion in 2015, 25 manufacturing sites in 9 countries and approximately
10,000 employees worldwide. 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

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Rachelle Schikorra
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