Fortune 1000 Corporations are recognized as a part of the 2018 Disability Equality Index (DEI)
Washington, D.C. (July 9, 2018) – Results from the annual Disability Equality Index reveal 145 companies truly prioritizing the inclusion of people with disabilities and honored as the “Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion”. Participants – Fortune 1000 corporations and Am Law 100 – are leaders across twenty-five unique business sectors with a significant global presence of over 7.8 million employees. The full company list can be accessed here: https://disabilityequalityindex.org/top_companies.
The DEI is a joint initiative between American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN), jointly designed by disability advocates and business leaders as the nation’s most trusted comprehensive benchmarking tool for disability inclusion. The Index measures key performance indicators across organizational culture, leadership, accessibility, employment, community engagement, support services and supplier diversity.
In its fourth year, the DEI has experienced nearly a 32% increase in year-over-year participation, signaling disability inclusion is on the rise across industries. 70% of businesses participating in the 2017 DEI chose to also participate in 2018, utilizing the tool as multi-year benchmarking roadmap.
AAPD Board Chair Ted Kennedy, Jr will be honoring the 145 businesses on July 11th at the USBLN Annual Conference in Las Vegas.
"AAPD is thrilled to see increased participation in this year’s DEI. The commitment to disability inclusion is becoming a priority for more and more corporations,” said Helena Berger, President and CEO of AAPD. "While we have made great strides since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the number of disabled individuals getting hired has not significantly increased. The DEI was created to help advance employment opportunities and outcomes for people with disabilities."
The aggregate results and efforts of participating DEI businesses highlight key industry trends and areas for improvement.
Indicators of commitment to disability inclusion:
- 94% of DEI companies reported having a Senior Executive (within the first two levels reporting to CEO) who is internally recognized as being a person with a disability and/or as an ally for people with disabilities.
- 72% of DEI companies had expenditures with certified disability-owned businesses and/or certified service-disabled veteran-owned businesses.
Opportunities to strengthen disability inclusion:
- Only 55% of DEI businesses have a company-wide external and internal commitment to digital accessibility.
- 44% of 2018 DEI companies make all job interview candidates aware of the option to request an accommodation(s) for the interview.
- Just 34% of DEI businesses have a public smart-phone app that is audited for accessibility.
“We applaud those companies that choose to take the DEI year after year and truly commit to advancing disability inclusion,” said Jill Houghton, President and CEO of USBLN. “Although we are far from true inclusion of people with disabilities across the enterprise, the DEI signals corporate America is recognizing inclusion as a competitive edge and beneficial for all.”
Companies can register for the 2019 DEI at https://www.disabilityequalityindex.org/register.