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Disability:IN Named in Fast Company’s First Annual List of “Brands That Matter”

Recognition advances Disability:IN as a game-changing global brand for people with disabilities in the workplace.

Alexandria, VA, October 26, 2021 – Fast Company announced today its first annual Brands That Matter list, honoring brands that do more than sell products or provide services. These companies and nonprofits have achieved relevance through cultural impact and social engagement and authentically communicated their missions and ideals.

Brands That Matter honors companies and nonprofits that have had an undeniable impact on business and culture and authentically communicate their mission and ideals. Disability:IN is featured alongside game-changing brands such as AARP, Feeding America, McDonald’s, and Sesame Workshop.

Backed by some of the world’s most powerful companies, Disability:IN has been a fixture in the disability movement for over a decade, rebranding from the U.S. Business Leadership Network to Disability:IN in 2019. The organization today partners with more than 400 companies that are ready to take action on disability inclusion and ESG initiatives. Disability:IN provides benchmarking, conferences, programs, expert counsel, and corporate engagement initiatives that transform enterprises and promote societal progress. With these investments, companies see significant gains in profitability, increased innovation, improved shareholder value, and an enhanced reputation.

“As a global leader in the movement for disability inclusion in business, we’re thrilled that Fast Company has named us to its inaugural Brands That Matter list. This recognition validates and celebrates our mission and our efforts alongside CEOs, boards, investors and companies to build a truly disability-inclusive global economy,” said Jill Houghton, President and CEO of Disability:IN.

Fast Company judged brands on their relevance, cultural impact, ingenuity, and business impact. July 2020 marked the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the launch of Disability:IN’s #AreYouIN campaign. To date, 85 CEOs have taken the Disability Equality Index, a comprehensive program Disability:IN created with the American Association of People with Disabilities that last year helped 319 companies benchmark their progress on disability initiatives. Additionally, 32 investors and more than 2,000 people have joined the campaign.

“Fast Company is excited to highlight companies and organizations that have built brands with deep meaning and connections to the customers they serve. At a time when consumers are holding companies to very high standards, businesses have much to learn from these brands that have garnered respect and trust,” says Stephanie Mehta, editor-in-chief of Fast Company.

For more information or to register for the 2022 Disability Equality Index, visit https://disabilityin.org/what-we-do/disability-equality-index.

Read the full press release here.

About Fast Company

Fast Company is the only media brand fully dedicated to the vital intersection of business, innovation, and design, engaging the most influential leaders, companies, and thinkers on the future of business. The editor-in-chief is Stephanie Mehta. Headquartered in New York City, Fast Company is published by Mansueto Ventures LLC, along with our sister publication, Inc., and can be found online at fastcompany.com.

About Disability:IN

Disability:IN is the global organization driving disability inclusion and equality in business. More than 400 corporations trust Disability:IN to activate and achieve disability inclusion across their enterprise and in the broader corporate mainstream. Through the world’s most comprehensive disability inclusion benchmarking; best-in-class conferences and programs; and expert counsel and engagement, Disability:IN works with leading businesses to create long-term business and societal impact.