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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. Mary Barra, Chair and CEO, General Motors
  9. Corie Barry, CEO, Best Buy
  10. Marc Benioff, Chair & CEO, Salesforce
  11. Andy Bird, CEO, Pearson
  12. Frank Bisignano, President & CEO, Fiserv, Inc.
  13. Robert M. Blue, Chair, President & CEO, Dominion Energy, Inc.
  14. Jean-Michel Boers, President & CEO, and US Country Managing Director, Boehringer Ingelheim USA Corporation
  15. Roz Brewer, CEO, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Walgreens Boots Alliance
  16. Bruce Broussard, President & CEO, Humana Inc.
  17. Greg Brown, Chairman & CEO, Motorola Solutions Inc
  18. Jeffrey J. Brown, CEO, Ally Financial Inc.
  19. James Butcher, President & CEO, Chemonics International
  20. Giovanni Caforio, Chairman & CEO, Bristol Myers Squibb
  21. David Calhoun, President & CEO, The Boeing Company
  22. Anthony Capuano, CEO, Marriott International, Inc.
  23. Marc Casper, Chairman, President & CEO, Thermo Fisher Scientific
  24. Andy Cecere, Chairman & CEO, U.S. Bancorp
  25. Annette Clayton, North American President & CEO, Schneider Electric
  26. Frank Clyburn, CEO, IFF
  27. David Cordani, President & CEO, Cigna Corporation
  28. Brian Cornell, Board Chairman & CEO, Target Corp.
  29. Roger Crandall, Chairman, President & CEO, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
  30. Sven Dethlefs, MD, Executive Vice President of North America Commercial, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries
  31. Steve Demetriou, Chair & CEO, Jacobs
  32. Brian Doubles, President & CEO, Synchrony
  33. Sandy Douglas, CEO, UNFI
  34. Thasunda Brown Duckett, President & CEO, TIAA
  35. Marvin R. Ellison, President & CEO, Lowe’s Companies, 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. Mark Greatrex, President, Cox Communications, Inc.
  47. Anders Gustafsson, CEO, Zebra Technologies Corp.
  48. Bill Hagaman, CPA, CGMA, Managing Partner and CEO, Withum
  49. M. Susan Hardwick, President & CEO, American Water Works, Inc.
  50. Gregory J. Hayes, Chairman & CEO, Raytheon Technologies
  51. Lauren Hobart, President & CEO, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc.
  52. Roger Hochschild, President & CEO, Discover Financial Services
  53. Barbara Humpton, CEO, Siemens USA
  54. Robert Isom, Chief Executive Officer, American Airlines Group
  55. Anthony Jabbour, CEO, Black Knight, Inc. and Dun & Bradstreet
  56. Stephen Kaufer, President & CEO, Tripadvisor, Inc.
  57. Gary C. Kelly, Chairman & CEO, Southwest Airlines Co.
  58. Scott Kirby, CEO, United Airlines
  59. Paul Knopp, U.S. Chair & CEO, KPMG
  60. Alex Liu, Managing Partner, Chairman and Chief Diversity Officer, Kearney
  61. Patrick Lockwood-Taylor, President, Bayer US
  62. Sarah London, CEO, Centene Corporation
  63. Charles F. Lowrey, Chairman & CEO, Prudential Financial, Inc.
  64. Dave MacLennan, Chairman & CEO, Cargill, Incorporated
  65. Mike Mahoney, Chairman & CEO, Boston Scientific
  66. Paul Markovich, President & CEO, Blue Shield of California
  67. Geoff Martha, CEO, Medtronic
  68. Rodney Martin, Chairman & CEO, Voya Financial
  69. Pamela Maynard, CEO, Avanade
  70. Doug McMillon, CEO, Walmart Inc.
  71. Rodney McMullen, Chairman & CEO, The Kroger Companies
  72. Sanjay Mehrotra, President & CEO, Micron Technology, Inc.
  73. Larry Merlo, President & CEO, CVS Health
  74. Ben Minicucci, CEO & President, Alaska Airlines
  75. Sarosh Mistry, Chairman, Sodexo North America, Sodexo
  76. Mark Mondello, CEO, Jabil Inc.
  77. Curt Morgan, CEO, Vistra Corp.
  78. Brian Moynihan, Chairman of the Board & CEO, Bank of America
  79. Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft
  80. Chris Nassetta, President & CEO, Hilton
  81. Antonio Neri, President & CEO, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  82. Kurt Newman, MD, President & CEO, Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C.
  83. Ronald P. O’Hanley, Chairman & CEO , State Street Corporation
  84. Mark Pearson, CEO, Equitable Holdings
  85. Douglas L. Peterson, President & CEO, S&P Global
  86. Richard Poirier, President & CEO, Church Mutual Insurance Company, S.I.
  87. Tom Polen, Chairman, CEO & President, Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD)
  88. Brad Preber, CEO, Grant Thornton LLP
  89. Dave Regner, Chair & CEO, Trane Technologies
  90. Tom Reeg, CEO, Caesars Entertainment
  91. Dave Ricks, Chairman & CEO, Eli Lilly and Company
  92. Dino Robusto, Chairman & CEO, CNA Financial Corporation
  93. Jim Ryan, Chairman & CEO, Old National Bank
  94. Jim Ryan, President & CEO, Sony Interactive Entertainment
  95. Tim Ryan, US Chair & Senior Partner, PwC
  96. Leo Salom, President & CEO, TD Bank
  97. Tom Salvaggio, President & CEO, CAI
  98. Charlie Scharf, CEO, Wells Fargo & Company
  99. Howard Schultz, CEO, Starbucks Corporation
  100. Kåre Schultz, President and CEO, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries
  101. Mike Sievert, President & CEO, T-Mobile
  102. Vince Sorgi, President & CEO, PPL Corporation
  103. Evan Spiegel, CEO, Snap Inc.
  104. Julie Sweet, CEO, Accenture
  105. Mike Swinford, CEO, NuMotion
  106. Joe Tarantino, President & CEO, Protiviti
  107. Laurent Therivel, CEO, UScellular
  108. Carol B. Tomé, CEO, United Parcel Service
  109. Robert N. Trunzo, President & CEO, CUNA Mutual Group
  110. Sherri Turpin, CEO, ZVRS and Purple Communications
  111. Joe Ucuzoglu, CEO, Deloitte US
  112. Hans Vestberg, Chairman & CEO, Verizon
  113. Michel Vounatsos, CEO, Biogen
  114. Keith Waddell, CEO, Robert Half International
  115. Kathy Warden, Chairman, CEO & President, Northrop Grumman Corporation
  116. Mike Wirth, Chairman & CEO, Chevron Corporation
  117. Anne Wojcicki, CEO & Co-Founder, 23andMe