It starts with Team Dow

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As noted in our 2020 ESG Report Intersections, Black employees make up 8.8% of our U.S. employee population, which is up from 8.5% in 2019. But, according to the best-available estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, the country’s population is 13.4% Black.

Clearly, we still have work to do.

To achieve our ambition and to make progress towards our purpose, we must do more — because closing the gap between our company and our objectives will require us to help close the Black community’s economic opportunity gap.

That’s why Dow has joined OneTen — a coalition of businesses who are coming together to upskill, hire and advance one million Black individuals in America over the next 10 years into family-sustaining jobs with opportunities for advancement. OneTen’s skills first approach will not only help to close the gap for Black talent but will level the playing field for all.

To better understand the importance of this organization and the opportunities this partnership will create for our company and community, I talked with two colleagues: John Sampson, our Senior Vice President, Operations, Manufacturing and Engineering; and Undrea Kennedy, one of our Global HR Partners.