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CEO Letter on Disability Inclusion

Understanding that we are all operating in an unprecedented environment with multiple, competing interests for the time and attention of the CEO, we are writing to you – from a CEO to CEO perspective – to ask for your much-needed help in advancing equality and inclusion at a time when the need to make sure that no one is marginalized has never been more important.

July 2020 marked the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  While there is much to celebrate in the progress that has been made since the ADA was created, there is still a great deal of work to be done.  Specifically, we want to:

  1. Request your consideration to participate in the Disability Equality Index (DEI), the leading corporate benchmarking tool for disability equality, which is administered by the non-profit organizations, American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and Disability:IN;
  2. Share important information on disability inclusion that details its impact on business performance; and
  3. Ensure that you’re aware of increasing investor interest in understanding how companies are inclusive of people with disabilities.

We have experienced first-hand, within our companies, the potential for innovation, sustainability, and profit as a result of disability inclusion. It is important to us, now more than ever, to drive companies aligned with corporate values and meaningful purpose. Without disability inclusion, we will fail to build sustainable futures that empower all.

We kindly request that your company registers for the DEI (www.DisabilityEqualityIndex.org), a corporate benchmarking tool created by non-profit organizations AAPD and Disability:IN. 

Our respective companies leverage the DEI to help build better products, stronger workforces, and innovative supply chains. At a larger scale, we stand to boost the American GDP by up to $25 billion if we hire just 1% of the untapped talent with disabilities.

Over one billion people have a disability across the globe – and it is a strength. We are leveraging this – by hiring inclusively, contracting with disability-owned business enterprises, and creating accessible tools and technology for all. We do this because it’s the right thing to do and it makes good business sense. Research reveals that leading disability-inclusive companies stand to gain as much as 28% higher revenue, double the net income and 30% higher economic profit margins than their peers.

This is a growing topic for investors in driving sustainable performance. A global investor coalition, representing more than $2.8 trillion in combined assets, called on companies they invest in to become more disability inclusive. The coalition is led by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli and Oregon State Treasurer Tobias Read, and includes large institutional investors such as California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) and Bank of America.

We understand, firsthand, that many requests come across the CEO’s desk, which is why we’re reaching out directly to you on this topic. The business case for disability inclusion in the workplace is compelling. Investor interest – along with regulator and legislator interest – on the topic of workplace disability inclusion is increasing at an accelerated pace. And the DEI provides an unbiased and confidential way to benchmark disability inclusion in the workplace.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Signed:

  1. Darius Adamczyk, Chairman & CEO, Honeywell
  2. Joe Adams, Managing Partner & CEO, RSM US LLP (“RSM”)
  3. Aron Ain, Chairman & CEO, UKG
  4. José (Joe) E. Almeida, Chairman, President & CEO, Baxter International Inc.
  5. Carl S. Armato, President & CEO, Novant Health
  6. Stéphane Bancel, CEO, Moderna
  7. Corie Barry, CEO, Best Buy
  8. Marc Benioff, Chair & CEO, Salesforce
  9. Andy Bird, CEO, Pearson
  10. Frank Bisignano, President & CEO, Fiserv, Inc.
  11. Robert M. Blue, Chair, President & CEO, Dominion Energy, Inc.
  12. Jean-Michel Boers, President & CEO, and US Country Managing Director, Boehringer Ingelheim USA Corporation
  13. Greg Braca, President & CEO, TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank
  14. Roz Brewer, CEO, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Walgreens Boots Alliance
  15. Bruce Broussard, President & CEO, Humana Inc.
  16. Greg Brown, Chairman & CEO, Motorola Solutions Inc
  17. Jeffrey J. Brown, CEO, Ally Financial Inc.
  18. James Butcher, President & CEO, Chemonics International
  19. Giovanni Caforio, Chairman & CEO, Bristol Myers Squibb
  20. Anthony Capuano, CEO, Marriott International, Inc.
  21. Marc Casper, Chairman, President & CEO, Thermo Fisher Scientific
  22. Andy Cecere, Chairman & CEO, U.S. Bancorp
  23. David Cordani, President & CEO, Cigna Corporation
  24. Brian Cornell, Board Chairman & CEO, Target Corp.
  25. Roger Crandall, Chairman, President & CEO, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
  26. Sven Dethlefs, MD, Executive Vice President of North America Commercial, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries
  27. Steve Demetriou, Chair & CEO, Jacobs
  28. Brian Doubles, President & CEO, Synchrony
  29. Marvin R. Ellison, President & CEO, Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
  30. Pat Esser, President & CEO, Cox Communications, Inc.
  31. Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., President & CEO, Mayo Clinic
  32. Bradley H. Feldmann, Chairman, President & CEO, Cubic Corporation
  33. Andreas Fibig, Chairman & CEO, IFF
  34. James M. Foote, President & CEO, CSX Corporation
  35. Beth Ford, President & CEO, Land O’Lakes, Inc.
  36. Pat Gelsinger, CEO, Intel
  37. Thomas P. (Todd) Gibbons, CEO, BNY Mellon
  38. Paul Gentzkow, President & CEO, Talent Solutions, Robert Half
  39. Kelly Grier, US Chair & Americas Managing Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
  40. Bill Hagaman,CPA, CGMA, Managing Partner and CEO, Withum
  41. Gregory J. Hayes, Chairman & CEO, Raytheon Technologies
  42. Roger Hochschild, President & CEO, Discover Financial Services
  43. Barbara Humpton, CEO, Siemens USA
  44. Anthony Jabbour, CEO, Black Knight, Inc.
  45. Kevin Johnson, President & CEO, Starbucks Corporation
  46. Gary C. Kelly, Chairman & CEO, Southwest Airlines Co.
  47. Scott Kirby, CEO, United Airlines
  48. Paul Knopp, U.S. Chair & CEO, KPMG
  49. Mike Lamach, Chairman & CEO, Trane Technologies
  50. Patrick Lockwood-Taylor, President, Bayer US
  51. Charles F. Lowrey, Chairman & CEO, Prudential Financial, Inc.
  52. Walter Lynch, President & CEO, American Water Works, Inc.
  53. Dave MacLennan, Chairman & CEO, Cargill, Incorporated
  54. Mike Mahoney, Chairman & CEO, Boston Scientific
  55. Paul Markovich, President & CEO, Blue Shield of California
  56. Geoff Martha, CEO, Medtronic
  57. Rodney Martin, Chairman & CEO, Voya Financial
  58. Pamela Maynard, CEO, Avanade
  59. Doug McMillon, CEO, Walmart Inc.
  60. Sanjay Mehrotra, President & CEO, Micron Technology, Inc.
  61. Larry Merlo, President & CEO, CVS Health
  62. Mark Mondello, CEO, Jabil Inc.
  63. Curt Morgan, CEO, Vistra Corp.
  64. Brian Moynihan, Chairman of the Board & CEO, Bank of America
  65. Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft
  66. Michael F. Neidorff, Chairman, President & CEO for Centene, Centene Corporation
  67. Antonio Neri, President & CEO, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  68. Kurt Newman, MD, President & CEO, Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C.
  69. Ronald P. O’Hanley, Chairman & CEO , State Street Corporation
  70. Doug Parker, CEO, American Airlines Group
  71. Mark Pearson, CEO, Equitable Holdings
  72. Douglas L. Peterson, President & CEO, S&P Global
  73. Tom Polen, Chairman, CEO & President, Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD)
  74. Brad Preber, CEO, Grant Thornton LLP
  75. Dave Ricks, Chairman & CEO, Eli Lilly and Company
  76. Jim Ryan, Chairman & CEO, Old National Bank
  77. Jim Ryan, President & CEO, Sony Interactive Entertainment
  78. Tim Ryan, US Chair & Senior Partner, PwC
  79. Tom Salvaggio, President & CEO, CAI
  80. Kåre Schultz, President and CEO, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries
  81. Mike Sievert, President & CEO, T-Mobile
  82. Vince Sorgi, President & CEO, PPL Corporation
  83. Evan Spiegel, CEO, Snap Inc.
  84. Julie Sweet, CEO, Accenture
  85. Mike Swinford, CEO, NuMotion
  86. Joe Tarantino, President & CEO, Protiviti
  87. Laurent Therivel, CEO, UScellular
  88. Carol B. Tomé, CEO, United Parcel Service
  89. Robert N. Trunzo, President & CEO, CUNA Mutual Group
  90. Sherri Turpin, CEO, ZVRS and Purple Communications
  91. Joe Ucuzoglu, CEO, Deloitte US
  92. Hans Vestberg, Chairman & CEO, Verizon
  93. Michel Vounatsos, CEO, Biogen
  94. Keith Waddell, CEO, Robert Half International, Robert Half
  95. Kathy Warden, Chairman, CEO & President, Northrop Grumman Corporation
  96. Anne Wojcicki, CEO & Co-Founder, 23andMe