Recognized as a “Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion”
Springfield, Mass., July 13, 2021 – For the fifth year in a row, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) is being recognized as a “Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion,” scoring 100% for the second consecutive time. The company previously scored 90% since 2017.
The Disability Equality Index® (DEI) is the world’s most comprehensive benchmarking tool for the Fortune 1000 and Am Law 200 to measure disability workplace inclusion against competitors. The DEI is modeled off the Corporate Equality Index that highlights LGBTQ-inclusive workplace policies.
“For more than a decade we’ve been on a journey to embrace diversity, equity and inclusion in every sense, aiming to build a thriving community where everyone is valued and feels they belong,” said Lorie Valle-Yañez, Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. “Fostering an inclusive environment for all, including people with disabilities, is one of the ways we live mutual and continue to strengthen our company.”
In 2021, out of 319 participants, 191 companies received a score of 100; 58 companies received a score of 90, and 23 companies received a score of 80. The 2021 DEI measured: culture and leadership; enterprise-wide access; employment practices (benefits, recruitment, employment, education, retention and advancement, accommodations); community engagement; supplier diversity; non-US. operations (non-weighted).
The DEI was launched in 2015 by Disability:IN and The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and is acknowledged today as the most robust disability inclusion assessment tool in business. Top-scoring businesses -- scoring 80 or higher – are recognized as “Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion.”
In 2021, following the global pandemic, the DEI was modernized to add new non-weighted questions about innovative technology to advance digital and remote accessibility; mental wellness benefits; services for Deaf and hard of hearing employees, and flexible work options.
“The Disability Equality Index shines a spotlight on companies that believe they have a stake in creating a more equitable society for people with disabilities,” said Maria Town, President and CEO of AAPD. “It is a conduit for our work championing disability rights for the 60 million Americans with disabilities and knocking down barriers to employment, technology and healthcare, and we're thrilled to see the progress being made today.”
Globally, people with disabilities represent over one billion people. Disability is a natural part of the human experience, and it crosses lines of age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and religion.