Disability Equality Index
The Disability Equality Index (DEI) is a joint initiative of Disability:IN and AAPD. Developed by the DEI Advisory Committee, a diverse group of business leaders, policy experts, and disability advocates, the DEI is a national, transparent benchmarking tool that offers businesses an opportunity to receive an objective score, on a scale of zero to 100, on their disability inclusion policies and practices. It is an aspirational, educational, recognition tool that is intended to help companies identify opportunities for continued improvement and help build a company’s reputation as an employer of choice.
For more information about the Disability Equality Index and how your company can participate please visit: www.DisabilityEqualityIndex.org
Companies that embrace best practices for employing and supporting more persons with disabilities in their workforce have outperformed their peers, according to new research from Accenture in partnership with Disability:IN and the American Association of People with Disabilities. The 45 companies that Accenture identified as standing out for their leadership in areas specific to disability employment and inclusion had, on average over the four-year period, 28 percent higher revenue, double the net income, and 30 percent higher economic profit margins than their peers. Read the report here.
Results from the annual Disability Equality Index reveal 126 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.
- Of the 145 companies participating in the 2018 DEI, 62.7% earned a 100 rating – the highest score possible. This is a substantial increase from 2015 when 22.5% received 100 ratings and also in 2016 when 50.6% earned 100 ratings.
- The average score of participating companies was 90. This demonstrates how companies are using the DEI as a benchmarking tool to identify and address opportunities to further enhance their disability inclusion efforts.