Disability:IN, in collaboration with the American Association of People with Disabilities, recently released the 2022 Disability Equality Index at the organization’s 2022 Global Conference in Dallas, which took place July 18 to 21.
A record 415 companies participated in this year’s DEI, a 30% increase from the 319 companies in 2021. Of those, 335 earned a score of 80 or higher, including 20 headquartered in the Garden State.
Some companies that have a presence in New Jersey, such as Caesars Entertainment which earned a 100, were also featured. See the complete list here.
Any company that scored lower than 80 was not revealed publicly, a representative told NJBIZ.
According to Disability:IN, the index is the most comprehensive benchmarking tool for measuring disability inclusion in business. It measures performance against categories including culture and leadership, enterprise-wide access, employment practices, community engagement, supplier diversity, and non-U.S. operations.
The 2022 index found that more companies are employing people with disabilities in leadership roles than last year (126 vs. 99), and many are trying to make their boards of directors more inclusive, as well.
Of the participating DEI companies:
- 96% offer flexible work options
- 60% have external disability hiring goals
- 50% are investing in innovative technology to advance digital accessibility