Ten employers that received a top score of 100 in the 2022 Disability Equality Index® this year are WR members, including Amazon, Best Buy, CVS Health, Experian, J.C. Penney, Kohls, Lowes, Target, Walgreens, and Walmart. The Index is acknowledged as the most robust disability inclusion assessment tool in world of business.
A score of 100 is recognition that these companies adhere to many of the leading disability inclusion practices featured in the survey, including culture, leadership, and employment practices.
The Index is a joint initiative of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the nation’s largest disability rights organization, and Disability:IN, the global business disability inclusion network, to collectively advance the inclusion of people with disabilities.
The Disability Equality Index® lists several benefits of employing those with disabilities, including:
- Hiring talent with disabilities can help stabilize a workforce in flux. People with disabilities are an underemployed global population representing more than one billion, or 15%, of all people4.
- People with disabilities bring unique work skills and perspectives that foster innovation, which is known to improve financial performance5.
- People with disabilities bring a diversity of thought and ideas that benefit a company’s customers and stakeholders.
- People with disabilities share lived experiences that contribute deeply to an inclusive work culture, which helps drive engagement and can lead to higher corporate performance metrics.
- People with disabilities who self-report help influence workforce diversity data, corporate diversity goals, and ESG criteria.