Dow India Recognized as a Gold Employer in IWEI 2021 Report
Mumbai, January 13, 2022 - Dow Chemical International Pvt Ltd. (Dow India) is the recipient of the Gold Employer status in the India Workplace Equality Index (IWEI) 2021 Report for successfully embedding LGBT+ inclusion in its policies, hiring practices, and external communication, thereby demonstrating a long-term and in-depth commitment towards LGBT+ inclusion. Out of 72 organizations registered to participate, 26 organizations were handpicked to be the Top Gold Award recipients. Dow India was also recognized for its community engagement with Humsafar Trust as a creative and inspirational approach in supporting the LGBTQ community.
IWEI, India’s only comprehensive benchmarking tool for organizations to measure their progress on LGBT+ inclusion in the Indian context, was brought to India by Keshav Suri Foundation and Stonewall, and follows in the footsteps of Stonewall’s UK WEI. Employers have used this benchmarking tool over the last 15 years to assess their achievements and progress on LGBT+ workplace equality in the UK. Keshav Suri Foundation, Pride Circle, and Stonewall have been working closely over the last year to adopt the UK WEI and bring it to life in the Indian context.
Commenting on the occasion, CEO and Country President Mr. Chandrakant Nayak iterated, “At Dow India, we look at diversity and inclusion as must-have business imperatives. It goes beyond a ten-pointer mandate and finite list of boxes to check – it is embedded and entrenched in the way we do business. We recognize that a diverse and inclusive workplace is happier, brings new ideas and innovations, grows faster, and performs better – which is why we are governed by a structure that demands top-down commitment to the cause.”
Over the year, Dow India’s GLAD Employee Resource Group has been driving key initiatives to reiterate its unwavering support to the LGBT+ community. It has continued its sensitization journey through regular awareness sessions for leadership and employees throughout the year. Moreover, with a focus on hiring and upskilling program for LGBT+, GLAD also launched an internship cum skills-building program for LGBT+ candidates across Dow India offices. They partnered with third-party organizations like Periferry and Humsafar Trust to identify and onboard talented employees in engineering and finance.
Read the full IWEI 2021 report here.
About Dow India
Dow Chemical International Private Limited (Dow India) aims to be the most innovative, sustainable, inclusive customer-centric materials science company. The company is committed to delivering the right solutions to its customers’ challenges every day. With broadest technology sets spanning performance materials, industrial intermediates, and plastics Dow India delivers differentiated science-based products and solutions in high-growth segments, such as packaging, infrastructure, and consumer care.
With approximately 1000 employees, its operations are spread over seven locations in the country, including three manufacturing sites, three established Centers of Excellence, and one commercial office. As a responsible corporate, the company supports its Corporate Social Responsibility (program) with technology expertise and employee volunteerism. Dow India works with non-profit partners towards the empowerment of differently abled, women, and children in communities where it operates. The company aims to redefine the societal blueprint, by supporting holistic sustainability and circular economy initiatives.
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