Dow Inc.

Dow Chemical Company
Midland, Michigan
Materials

Corporate Bias Rating

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Risk Level:

Rating - Danger
High Risk

Summary:

Dow Inc. scored a 100 on the 2023 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a political stakeholder group. By complying with the HRC’s controversial demands, Dow increases the risk of dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. The company covers transgender-related medical costs for its employees and their children and provides specific sexual orientation and gender identity-based benefits. It also uses sex and gender ideology criteria in employee recruitment, vendor selection, marketing, and philanthropic support. Dow forces employees to undergo multiple ideological trainings and uses its reputation, corporate funds, and political influence to support controversial sex and gender ideologies, organizations, and legislation. Dow regularly uses its corporate reputation to push ideological issues such as gender identity. Dow is a signatory of the Gender & Diversity KPI Alliance and its Chair and CEO signed Catalyst's Champions for Change pledge. The company 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 signed an amicus brief in opposition to the 2016 North Carolina bathroom bill HB2 and is a bronze partner of PFLAG. Dow opposed various state and local legislation intended to protect parental rights, girls’ sports, bathroom facilities, and gendered spaces. The company denounced various states’ legislative efforts to protect election integrity and security. Dow has used its political contributions for ideological purposes. For these reasons, Dow Inc. receives a High Risk rating.

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Board Bias

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CEO of Dow Inc.

Jim Fitterling

Jim Fitterling

Summary:

Headquartered in Midland, Michigan, Dow Inc. is a member of the Fortune 250 operating in the Materials industry. Jim Fitterling and Jim Fitterling serve as CEO/President and Chairman, respectively, leading the company’s C-suite executive team and the board of directors. Amongst these teams, the collective leadership is responsible for $60,000 to Republican causes and $10,700 to Democratic causes. Under their tenure, Dow Inc. currently holds a 'High Risk' risk rating.

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Political Contributions of Leadership:

$60,000

$10,700

Republican

Democrat

Shareholder Proposals

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Date
ESG Category
Proponent
Summary of ResolutionMgmt RecTotal Vote % in Favor
4/13/23EnvironmentalAs You SowReport on Petrochemical RisksAgainst30.20%
4/13/23EnvironmentalAs You SowSingle-Use Plastics ReportAgainst29.90%
4/13/23GovernanceJohn CheveddenRequire Two Seperate People Hold the Offices of Chairman and CEOAgainst26.30%
4/13/23GovernanceJohn CheveddenIndependent Board ChairmanAgainst26.20%
4/14/22GovernanceKenneth SteinerIndependent Board ChairAgainst32.70%
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