Network description about Gays, Lesbians and Allies at Dow (GLAD):
Dow fosters a safe, inclusive, supportive and open working environment for all employees regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
Transform Dow culture such that sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression are irrelevant.
GLAD was founded in 2000 in the US, but quickly expanded into Europe. Globally GLAD has over 1725 participants, with over 75% of the participants being allies (straight/non-LGBT).
GLAD Benelux is now one of the largest chapters of GLAD, with 250+ participants.
Some of the activities GLAD and GLAD Benelux have organized and sponsored over the past few years include:
• Interactive global session with openly gay US Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis
• Social events to promote LGBT workplace awareness, issues and inclusiveness
• Interactive session with Ernst & Young’s openly out Beth Brooke to promote LGBT leadership and diversity in the workplace
• Support and inclusion in national gay pride activities in the EU, US and Latin America
• Ally Coming Out Day – held each year across Dow sites during National Coming Out Day (October 11th) to promote and encourage Ally participation in GLAD and raise awareness of LGBT workplace equality
• Engagement in the local community to help raise funds and support LGBT initiatives including: AIDS walks; LGBT youth support groups; HRC, PFLAG, Lambda Legal and many other local and global activities.
Awards, Achievements and Recognitions:
• 2000 GLAD network officially established at Dow
• 2002 Dow extends employee benefits to same-sex domestic partners
• 2005 Dow is the first chemical company to receive a 100% rating on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index based on Dow’s LGBT workplace policies and practices
• 2007 Gender Identity is included in Dow’s employee non-discrimination policy.
• 2007 Dow is cited as a “Best Place to Work” by the Human Rights Campaign
• 2008 Dow testifies in front of US Congressional hearing to support Transgender Workplace Equality
• 2009 the International Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (IGLCC) identifies Dow as among the most gay friendly corporations in the world
• 2010 Dow receives Significant Achievement Award from Out & Equal Work Place Advocates to recognize Dow in advancing equality for LGBT employees
• 2011 IGLCC ranks Dow 2nd as the most gay friendly workplace in the International Business Equality Index
• 2013 Dow receives Workplace Excellence Award from Out & Equal Work Place Advocates for advancing LGBT workplace equality
• 2013 Dow receives 9th consecutive year of 100% rating by the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index based on Dow’s long history of LGBT inclusive policies and practices.
Maarten Hermans, Site Implementation Leader for the Benelux and Lennart Heip
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