Corprate Bias Ratings
Dow Inc. vets vendors according to LGBTQ policies, but has not publicly terminated business relationships based on views or beliefs. The company covers the cost of "medically necessary transition-related care" for its employees and their children. Dow does not discriminate against religious organizations in its charitable giving guidelines, but does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees. Dow regularly uses its corporate reputation to push ideological issues such as gender identity. Dow pledged $5 million to BLM and related causes and funds multiple LGBTQ organizations. Dow is also a signatory of the Business Roundtable's 2019 Statement on the Purpose of Corporation, which promotes stakeholder capitalism. The company has donated to the Equality PAC. For these reasons, Dow Inc. receives a Medium Risk rating.
Has denied service to customers, suppliers, or vendors due to their political views or religious beliefs OR corporately boycotts, divests, or sanctions regions, people groups, or industries.
Dow has not publicly fired customers, suppliers, or vendors based on political views or religious beliefs. The company received a score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index. Among other requirements, this means the company has a written policy pledging to vet vendors for LGBTQ policies (1)(2).
Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.
Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.
Dow has signed public letters in support of the Equality Act and was part of the Freedom for All Americans coalition, which advocated for federal legislation that would overrule state laws designed to protect girls’ sports and similar laws (1)(2). Dow signed an open letter condemning multiple state-level election security laws (3). Dow also signed an open letter opposing a Florida bill that would prevent teaching gender identity and sexual orientation in schools to kids in K-3rd grade (4). The CEO of Dow, Jim Fitterling, is a member of the Business Roundtable and signed its 2019 Statement on the Purpose of Corporation, which promotes stakeholder capitalism over traditional obligations to shareholders and customers (5)(6).
Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.
Dow has a perfect score on the HRC’s 2022 Corporate Equality Index. This score indicates the company covers the cost of “medically necessary transition-related care” for its employees and their children (1)(2). Dow pledged $5 million to the Black Lives Matter movement and related causes (3)(4). Dow is a copper sponsor of Out & Equal and a corporate partner of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (5)(6).
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November 29, 2023
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