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. Voya Financial, Inc.
  4. SOC Investment Group
  5. State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) 
  6. Thomas P. DiNapoli, New York State Comptroller
  7. Brad Lander, New York City Comptroller
  8. Tobias Read, Oregon State Treasurer
  9. SHARE 
  10. Erik Russell, Connecticut State Treasurer
  11. Michael W. Frerichs, Illinois State Treasurer
  12. Deborah B. Goldberg, Massachusetts State Treasurer
  13. Pennsylvania State Treasurer 
  14. Thomas “Thom” Williams, Executive Director, Employees’ Retirement System of the State of Hawaii
  15. American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
  16. Pension Fund PWRI, The Netherlands 
  17. Boston Trust Walden 
  18. Rhode Island State Treasure 
  19. District of Columbia Retirement Board
  20. Clifton S. Robbins, Chief Executive Officer, Blue Harbour Group, L.P. 
  21. Vermont State Treasurer 
  22. Brian Bodager, Chief Executive Officer, The Pension Boards-UCC, Inc.
  23. Matthey W. Patsky, Chief Executive Officer, Trillium Asset Management LLC
  24. Boston Common Asset Management 
  25. Carole Laible, Chief Executive Officer, Domini Impact Investments LLC
  26. Avera Health
  27. Matt Nacard, Chief Executive Officer, Ethical Partners Fund Management
  28. Dr. Jeffrey Haggray, Executive Director, American Baptist Home Mission Society
  29. JLens 
  30. Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  31. Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes
  32. 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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Improving business opportunities for people with disabilities is a social issue at the heart of ESG.

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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