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Dow achieves Gold-level Veteran-Friendly Employer status with Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency
November 14, 2023
Dow has achieved Gold-level Veteran-Friendly Employer status from the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA).
Since its creation in 2013, the Veteran-Friendly Employer Program has recognized more than 570 Michigan employers with either Bronze-, Silver- or Gold-level status for their efforts in supporting the recruitment, training, and retention of veteran workforce talent. And the prestigious Gold-level designation has only been granted to 4% of those companies. To be designated as a Gold-level Veteran-Friendly Employer, employers must retain at least 75% of veteran hires over the most recent 12 months, implement internal veteran support networks, and have a veteran-specific onboarding and orientation process, among other requirements.
“As we reflect this Veterans Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in Canada on the many sacrifices veterans have made for our freedoms, it is also a great time to highlight the contributions veterans have made at Dow,” said Jane Palmieri, president, Dow Industrial Intermediates & Infrastructure, and executive sponsor of Dow’s employee resource group for veterans, VetNet. “We are truly honored by this recognition from MVAA and are grateful for everyone at Dow who contributed to programs that made our Company veteran-friendly, such as Dow’s Military Degree Equivalency program.”
Dow’s Military Degree Equivalency (MDE) Program allows veterans with relevant military experience of E6 ranking or greater (PO2 or Sgt for Canada) as equivalent to a bachelor’s degree for U.S. and Canada job postings. The program provides an opportunity for individuals with extensive military background to bring their broad scope of training and education, experience in leadership, and understanding of performing in high pressure situations into a successful career at Dow. The program is similar to one recently championed by the MVAA.
“Dow is a leader in the veteran space and should serve as a model for other companies looking to support their veteran employees,” said MVAA Director Brian L. Love. “We are lucky to have a multinational company like Dow calling Michigan home, especially when they walk the talk where supporting veterans is concerned. With programs in place such as Military Degree Equivalency as well as their partnership with Team Rubicon, Dow is clearly making the case for what being an ‘employer of choice’ for veterans is all about. On behalf of the State of Michigan, congratulations to achieving a well-deserved Gold-level status.”
Organizations can learn more about becoming a Veteran-Friendly Employer, including obtaining an application, by visiting the MVAA website.