Investors encourage their portfolio companies to capitalize on the opportunities of disability inclusion

Investors representing more than $2.8 trillion in combined assets, led by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli and Oregon State Treasurer Tobias Read, are calling on companies they invest in to create inclusive workplaces that can benefit from employing the millions of talented people with disabilities who remain underrepresented in the workforce.

For people with disabilities, the very experiences that have resulted in exclusion from all levels of corporate America are what make them such important assets to corporations. People with disabilities are regularly forced to adapt to an inaccessible world, and these experiences have sharpened their problem-solving skills and their capacity for innovation; they are a large untapped labor force market due to inaccurate assumptions about their abilities; they represent a significant consumer population; and they bring different perspectives.

Companies that are disability-inclusive are thus better positioned to execute responsible governance, effective risk management, and optimal decision-making, as well as enhanced customer alignment, employee engagement, and transparency, as compared to those without.

It is no surprise that investors care about disability inclusion because it is critical to achieving a holistic approach to environmental, social, and governance (“ESG”) criteria, as disabilities cut across virtually every “S” issue in ESG. More specifically, it is integral and material to good human capital management.

Learn more about the case for disability inclusion in ESG investing with our position paper.

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  1. Bank of America
  2. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank
  3. Rodney O. Martin, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Voya Financial, Inc.
  4. Dieter Waizenegger, Executive Director, CtW Investment Group
  5. Christopher J. Ailman, FSA, Chief Investment Officer, California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS)
  6. Thomas P. DiNapoli, New York State Comptroller
  7. Scott M. StringerNew York City Comptroller
  8. Tobias ReadOregon State Treasurer
  9. Shawn T. Wooden, Connecticut State Treasurer
  10. Michael W. FrerichsIllinois State Treasurer
  11. Deborah B. Goldberg, Massachusetts State Treasurer
  12. Joseph M. Torsella, Pennsylvania State Treasurer
  13. Thomas “Thom” Williams, Executive Director, Employees’ Retirement System of the State of Hawaii
  14. Richard Trumka, President, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
  15. Xander den Uyl, Vicechair, Pension Fund PWRI, The Netherland
  16. William H. Apfel, CFA, Chief Investment Officer, Boston Trust Walden
  17. Seth MagazinerRhode Island State Treasurer
  18. Sheila Morgan-Johnson, Executive Director, District of Columbia Retirement Board
  19. Clifton S. Robbins, Chief Executive Officer, Blue Harbour Group, L.P.
  20. Beth PearceVermont State Treasurer
  21. Brian Bodager, Chief Executive Officer, The Pension Boards-UCC, Inc.
  22. Matthew W. Patsky, Chief Executive Officer, Trillium Asset Management LLC
  23. Boston Common Asset Management
  24. Carole Laible, Chief Executive Officer, Domini Impact Investments LLC
  25. Avera Health
  26. Matt Nacard, Chief Executive Officer, Ethical Partners Fund Management
  27. Dr. Jeffrey Haggray, Executive Director, American Baptist Home Mission Societies
  28. Julie Hammerman, Executive Director, JLens
  29. Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  30. Sister Jean Steffes CSA, General Superior, Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes
  31. Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Aberdeen SD

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ESG Position Paper cover with title: The Case for Disability Inclusion in Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) Investing

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Supporting Disability Organizations:

  • American Council of the Blind
  • American Association of People with Disabilities
  • Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living
  • Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)
  • Autistic Self Advocacy Network
  • Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network
  • Communication Service for the Deaf
  • Disability:IN
  • Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
  • Little People of America
  • National Coalition of Mental Health Recovery
  • National Council on Independent Living
  • National Federation of the Blind
  • National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities
  • Not Dead Yet
  • Paralyzed Veterans of America
  • Self Advocates Becoming Empowered
  • United Spinal Association