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Dow Returning to Work Playbook

Safely retuning to the workplace, together. Message from Dow CEO and returning to work playbook.

There are 36,000+ members of Team Dow around the world.

About 14,000 of our colleagues have been operating our facilities throughout this crisis – staffing plants and laboratories to manufacture and ship vital products and technologies needed to power the world’s healthcare and hygiene industries.

Our remaining 22,000 team members, whose roles allow them to do so, have been working from home – some have been managing our vast supply chain networks, securing contingency logistics capacity and moving critical raw materials into our plants, while others have been attentively responding to the needs of our customers and partners.

My top priority is – and always will be – Team Dow’s safety and the safety of all our stakeholders. Throughout this pandemic, we have been doing everything we can to live up to that commitment.

The impacts of the pandemic are experienced by each of us in a unique and personal way. And, as a result, how we ensure the continued health and well-being of our colleagues going forward will need to reflect that. Our approach must be thoughtful. It must be comprehensive. And it must be compassionate.

Bottom line: While we will use our best health and safety processes and technology to ensure smart and safe global standards, a return to the workplace cannot and will not be a one-size-fits-all model.

While work continues towards more widespread testing and the development of a vaccine, we’ll need to plan for how we continue operations, resume operations, and safely integrate employees back into our sites.

We have learned a great deal about how to ensure a safe working environment during this pandemic, and we know the precautions we have taken do work.

We believe a staged approach that methodically and thoughtfully reopens the economy will keep the most people healthy and safe. And by sharing our approach and best practices, we hope that manufacturers and other companies who have shut down completely can learn from us and other essential businesses.

To ensure the health and well-being of all our stakeholders and the broader global community, it is as important as ever that we work together and learn from one another.

— Jim Fitterling, Chairman and CEO

Dow return to workplace playbook

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