Companies scoring 80 and above are recognized as “Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion”
Chicago, IL., July 17, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --
The 2019 Disability Equality Index (DEI) list of top-scoring companies, or “Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion,” will be announced at the Disability:IN Annual Conference & Expo. 156 companies, scoring 80 and above, will be recognized by Ted Kennedy, Jr., board chair of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) on stage among 2,000 industry peers. The DEI serves as the most comprehensive benchmarking tool for disability inclusion and is a joint initiative between AAPD and Disability:IN.
The DEI continuously evolves to encourage companies to advance inclusion across the enterprise. Scores are on a scale from 0 to 100. A score of 100 does not mean to convey “perfection.” AAPD and Disability:IN recognize there is no one “right” way to practice inclusion, and that some practices may be more practical for some companies or industries than others. A score of 100 on the DEI simply means that a company adheres to many of the numerous leading disability inclusion practices featured in the DEI. The benchmarking tool was developed in consultation with the appointed DEI Advisory Committee, a diverse and voluntary group of experts in disability advocacy, business, and policy.
Participating industries include financial services, technology, insurance, and health care. Participating companies in the 2019 DEI represent a total U.S. workforce of 8,693,591. The announcement of top-scoring companies come on the heels of a joint investor statement from 17 investors, representing $2.1 trillion, who have called on companies to be inclusive to people with disabilities.
AAPD and Disability:IN are honored to recognize the following DEI top-scoring companies:
Companies that scored 100
BAE Systems Inc.
Bank of America
Best Buy Co., Inc.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
BMO Financial Group
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Booz Allen Hamilton
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Capital One Financial Corporation
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
CSX Transportation, Inc.
Delta Air Lines, Inc.
Ford Motor Company
Goldman Sachs & Co.
Health Care Service Corporation
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Lincoln Financial Group
Old National Bank
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
Procter & Gamble
SAP America, Inc.
Southern California Edison, an Edison International Company
Spaulding Rehabilitation Network
Starbucks Coffee Company
State Street Corporation
TD Bank N.A.
The Boeing Company
The Travelers Companies Inc.
The Walt Disney Company
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Tufts Health Plan
WellCare Health Plans, Inc.
Companies that scored 90
American Electric Power, Inc.
AMC Entertainment, Inc.
AXA Equitable Life
BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company)
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Inc.
Blue Shield of California
Johnson & Johnson
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Uber Technologies Inc.
W.W. Grainger, Inc.
Companies that scored 80
CUNA Mutual Group
Duke Energy Corporation
Franklin Templeton Investments
Grant Thornton LLP
Land O'Lakes, Inc.
Lowe's Companies, Inc.
Norfolk Southern Corporation
Rush University Medical Center
Southwest Airlines Company
The Coca-Cola Company
United Technologies Corporation
Note: The companies are listed in alphabetical order, by the company name as provided to AAPD and Disability:IN.
The 2019 DEI Report dives deeper into the insights of the 2019 DEI results and can be accessed here: DisabilityIN.org/DEIReport2019.
Companies can register for the 2020 DEI at https://www.disabilityequalityindex.org/register.
About the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
AAPD is a convener, connecter, and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power of people with disabilities. As one of the leading national cross-disability civil rights organizations, AAPD advocates for the full recognition of rights for the over 60 million Americans with disabilities. Learn more at: www.aapd.com.
Disability:IN, formerly known as the US Business Leadership Network, is the leading nonprofit resource for business disability inclusion worldwide. Partnering with more than 185 corporations, Disability:IN expands opportunities for people with disabilities across enterprises. The organization and 31 affiliates raise a collective voice of positive change for people with disabilities in business. Through its programs and services, Disability:IN empowers businesses to achieve disability inclusion and equality, with the goal of advancing inclusion to the point when the organization is no longer necessary. Learn more at: www.disabilityin.org.