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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. Tom Arseneault, President & CEO, BAE Systems, Inc.
  7. Stéphane Bancel, CEO, Moderna
  8. Corie Barry, CEO, Best Buy
  9. Marc Benioff, Chair & CEO, Salesforce
  10. Andy Bird, CEO, Pearson
  11. Frank Bisignano, President & CEO, Fiserv, Inc.
  12. Robert M. Blue, Chair, President & CEO, Dominion Energy, Inc.
  13. Jean-Michel Boers, President & CEO, and US Country Managing Director, Boehringer Ingelheim USA Corporation
  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. David Calhoun, President & CEO, The Boeing Company
  21. Anthony Capuano, CEO, Marriott International, Inc.
  22. Marc Casper, Chairman, President & CEO, Thermo Fisher Scientific
  23. Andy Cecere, Chairman & CEO, U.S. Bancorp
  24. Annette Clayton, North American President & CEO, Schneider Electric
  25. Frank Clyburn, CEO, IFF
  26. David Cordani, President & CEO, Cigna Corporation
  27. Brian Cornell, Board Chairman & CEO, Target Corp.
  28. Roger Crandall, Chairman, President & CEO, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
  29. Sven Dethlefs, MD, Executive Vice President of North America Commercial, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries
  30. Steve Demetriou, Chair & CEO, Jacobs
  31. Brian Doubles, President & CEO, Synchrony
  32. Sandy Douglas, CEO, UNFI
  33. Thasunda Brown Duckett, President & CEO, TIAA
  34. Marvin R. Ellison, President & CEO, Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
  35. Pat Esser, President & CEO, Cox Communications, Inc.
  36. Mick Farrell, CEO, ResMed
  37. Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., President & CEO, Mayo Clinic
  38. Bradley H. Feldmann, Chairman, President & CEO, Cubic Corporation
  39. James M. Foote, President & CEO, CSX Corporation
  40. Beth Ford, President & CEO, Land O’Lakes, Inc.
  41. Fabrizio Freda, President & CEO, The Estée Lauder Companies
  42. Pat Gelsinger, CEO, Intel
  43. Thomas P. (Todd) Gibbons, CEO, BNY Mellon
  44. Paul Gentzkow, President & CEO, Talent Solutions, Robert Half
  45. Kelly Grier, US Chair & Americas Managing Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
  46. Bill Hagaman, CPA, CGMA, Managing Partner and CEO, Withum
  47. M. Susan Hardwick, President & CEO, American Water Works, Inc.
  48. Gregory J. Hayes, Chairman & CEO, Raytheon Technologies
  49. Lauren Hobart, President & CEO, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc.
  50. Roger Hochschild, President & CEO, Discover Financial Services
  51. Barbara Humpton, CEO, Siemens USA
  52. Anthony Jabbour, CEO, Black Knight, Inc. and Dun & Bradstreet
  53. Stephen Kaufer, President & CEO, Tripadvisor, Inc.
  54. Gary C. Kelly, Chairman & CEO, Southwest Airlines Co.
  55. Scott Kirby, CEO, United Airlines
  56. Paul Knopp, U.S. Chair & CEO, KPMG
  57. Mike Lamach, Chairman & CEO, Trane Technologies
  58. Alex Liu, Managing Partner, Chairman and Chief Diversity Officer, Kearney
  59. Patrick Lockwood-Taylor, President, Bayer US
  60. Charles F. Lowrey, Chairman & CEO, Prudential Financial, Inc.
  61. Dave MacLennan, Chairman & CEO, Cargill, Incorporated
  62. Mike Mahoney, Chairman & CEO, Boston Scientific
  63. Paul Markovich, President & CEO, Blue Shield of California
  64. Geoff Martha, CEO, Medtronic
  65. Rodney Martin, Chairman & CEO, Voya Financial
  66. Pamela Maynard, CEO, Avanade
  67. Doug McMillon, CEO, Walmart Inc.
  68. Rodney McMullen, Chairman & CEO, The Kroger Companies
  69. Sanjay Mehrotra, President & CEO, Micron Technology, Inc.
  70. Larry Merlo, President & CEO, CVS Health
  71. Ben Minicucci, CEO & President, Alaska Airlines
  72. Mark Mondello, CEO, Jabil Inc.
  73. Curt Morgan, CEO, Vistra Corp.
  74. Brian Moynihan, Chairman of the Board & CEO, Bank of America
  75. Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft
  76. Chris Nassetta, President & CEO, Hilton
  77. Michael F. Neidorff, Chairman, President & CEO, Centene Corporation
  78. Antonio Neri, President & CEO, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  79. Kurt Newman, MD, President & CEO, Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C.
  80. Ronald P. O’Hanley, Chairman & CEO , State Street Corporation
  81. Doug Parker, CEO, American Airlines Group
  82. Mark Pearson, CEO, Equitable Holdings
  83. Douglas L. Peterson, President & CEO, S&P Global
  84. Richard Poirier, President & CEO, Church Mutual Insurance Company, S.I.
  85. Tom Polen, Chairman, CEO & President, Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD)
  86. Brad Preber, CEO, Grant Thornton LLP
  87. Dave Ricks, Chairman & CEO, Eli Lilly and Company
  88. Jim Ryan, Chairman & CEO, Old National Bank
  89. Jim Ryan, President & CEO, Sony Interactive Entertainment
  90. Tim Ryan, US Chair & Senior Partner, PwC
  91. Leo Salom, President & CEO, TD Bank
  92. Tom Salvaggio, President & CEO, CAI
  93. Howard Schultz, CEO, Starbucks Corporation
  94. Kåre Schultz, President and CEO, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries
  95. Mike Sievert, President & CEO, T-Mobile
  96. Vince Sorgi, President & CEO, PPL Corporation
  97. Evan Spiegel, CEO, Snap Inc.
  98. Julie Sweet, CEO, Accenture
  99. Mike Swinford, CEO, NuMotion
  100. Joe Tarantino, President & CEO, Protiviti
  101. Laurent Therivel, CEO, UScellular
  102. Carol B. Tomé, CEO, United Parcel Service
  103. Robert N. Trunzo, President & CEO, CUNA Mutual Group
  104. Sherri Turpin, CEO, ZVRS and Purple Communications
  105. Joe Ucuzoglu, CEO, Deloitte US
  106. Hans Vestberg, Chairman & CEO, Verizon
  107. Michel Vounatsos, CEO, Biogen
  108. Keith Waddell, CEO, Robert Half International
  109. Kathy Warden, Chairman, CEO & President, Northrop Grumman Corporation
  110. Anne Wojcicki, CEO & Co-Founder, 23andMe