Boards Are IN

“Boards Are IN,” is an initiative to accelerate the number of people with disabilities in corporate boardrooms and in executive suites. The initiative engages companies, investors, regulatory bodies, stock exchanges, and corporate stewardship organizations around effective ways to increase corporate board-level disability representation.

Together, we call on stakeholders to:
  • Modernize corporate board nomination and governance committee charters to include candidates with disabilities in their definition of diversity as most already do with gender, race, and ethnicity. In the 2022 Disability Equality Index, only two percent of 415 participating companies do so.
  • Adopt model language that many public companies and stock exchanges are already using to incorporate disability as an aspect of diversity when considering new board candidates.
  • Participate in the Disability Equality Index (DEI) to analyze and improve their corporate disability inclusion programs and policies. Findings from the 2023 DEI will be released on July 10.
  • Disclose disability data to investors and shareholders, who increasingly view diversity and inclusion as a vital component of corporate social responsibility.
  • Encourage voluntary self ID at senior levels in order for boards and companies to measure progress against diversity goals.
  • Partner with corporate steward organizations such as Equilar to access a pool of board-ready executives with disabilities. Disability:IN is a member of The Equilar Diversity Network.

To help prepare companies to modernize the nomination of corporate directors, Disability:IN has compiled model language from publicly available governance documents at a variety of companies. This resource provides samples of how disability can be integrated into board diversity initiatives.

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