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Dow’s BEST Program Receives NSBE Golden Torch Award


Dow’s Building Engineering & Science Talent (BEST) Program recently received the 2009 Golden Torch Award for Corporate Diversity Leadership from the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). The Award recognizes one company that demonstrates an outstanding commitment to increasing diversity and pioneering initiatives within the community.

“We are highly honored that BEST has been recognized by NSBE, an organization with whom Dow has a long-standing relationship,” said Alveda Williams, Dow Core R&D group leader and BEST Symposium Chair. “This award symbolizes Dow’s efforts to attract top talent for the company. As the talent pool grows increasingly diverse, it is critical that we build and sustain relationships that enable us to source the very best graduates. We need the variety of opinions, ideas and perspectives that a diverse workforce delivers in order to help fuel innovative solutions.”

BEST is primarily intended to introduce African American, Hispanic and Native American U.S. doctoral and postdoctoral scientists to the wide range of rewarding careers in industrial research and in particular, the many opportunities within Dow. The conference, developed jointly by Dow’s minority scientists and a Ph.D. recruiting team, demonstrates the Company’s commitment to a diverse workforce. As part of Dow’s efforts to connect with the talent pipeline, Dow R&D is continuously working toward building awareness of the Company as an employer of choice among science and engineering doctoral and postdoctoral students.

The success of Dow’s BEST Program will be further recognized March 28, 2009 at the 12th Annual Golden Torch Awards in Las Vegas. Williams will be accepting the Golden Torch Award on behalf of the BEST Program.

Visit the NSBE Web site for more information.

About Dow

With annual sales of $54 billion and 46,000 employees worldwide, Dow is a diversified chemical company that combines the power of science and technology with the “ Human Element ” to constantly improve what is essential to human progress. The Company delivers a broad range of products and services to customers in around 160 countries, connecting chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help provide everything from fresh water, food and pharmaceuticals to paints, packaging and personal care products. References to “Dow” or the “Company” mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted.


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