Achieving “Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion” Recognition
Earning a top score on the Disability Equality Index has the potential to build brand recognition among current and future employees, investors, and customers – including those with disabilities and their friends and families. Top-scoring companies are named among the Disability Equality Index “Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion™” along with other benefits such as:
- Use of 100, 90 or 80 “Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion” logo
- Listing among “Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion” on Disability Equality Index website
- Access to template press releases and quotes from Disability:IN leadership to support company messaging campaigns
- Support with digital marketing communications, including a messaging toolkit, sample social media posts and other creative assets
- Recognition at the annual Disability:IN Global Conference & Expo
- Invitation to exclusive networking and recognition events for top-scoring companies
- Potential inclusion of company best practice(s) in the annual Disability Equality Index Report and/or other Disability:IN research
- Possible option to participate in proactive media pitches and/or reactive media responses to Disability Equality Index-related topics
Benefits to your company
Industry Data and Analysis
A total of 30 industries are now represented among the 485 companies that completed the 2023 U.S. Disability Equality Index, and unique opportunities exist to examine insights through industry-specific filters. Each company that completes the Disability Equality Index has complimentary access to the annual Disability Equality Index Report which contains aggregate findings from across industry sectors as well as an adoption framework that outlines the maturity of certain practices across companies.
Each company that completes the Disability Equality Index will receive a custom scored report that details the company’s responses to every Disability Equality Index question. A custom scorecard which highlights performance by category along with insights on areas of strength as well as potential improvement is also included.
Companies that participate in the Disability Equality Index become part of an informal community of practice that allows for networking, peer-to-peer benchmarking, and knowledge sharing. Opportunities exist to engage in formal networking events, panel discussions and other connection points both virtually throughout the year and in person at the annual Disability:IN Global Conference & Expo.
Disability Equality Index Deep Dives
Disability:IN offers customized, company-specific Disability Equality Index Deep Dive presentations. These 60-minute virtual sessions allow for a Disability:IN team member to provide analysis, insights, and recommendations related to your company’s Disability Equality Index results. The presentation examines your company’s responses to the benchmark questions and compares your results to the aggregate performance of all participating companies as well as industry-specific insights. Deep Dive presentations can be scheduled using Disability:IN’s Engagement Request Form and are available as a complimentary partnership benefit for companies at the Influencer, Presenting and Headliner levels as well as for Inclusion Works companies or at an additional cost for non-partners or companies at the Connecter, Collaborator or Thought Leader levels. Please contact Mackenzie Ward, Director of Corporate Relations, at [email protected] with questions about partnerships and pricing.
How the DEI is scored
The U.S. version of the Disability Equality Index measures a wide range of criteria within the following six (6) categories. A similar scoring framework will be introduced for each of the seven international benchmarks being introduced in 2024.
- Culture & Leadership (30 points total; 20 for Culture, 10 for Leadership) – Businesses commit to and demonstrate a sustained, visible cultural commitment to disability inclusion and demonstrate visible leadership commitment to disability inclusion throughout the organization.
- Enterprise-Wide Access (10 points) – Businesses commit to and demonstrate commitment to workplace accessibility.
- Employment Practices (40 points total, 10 each for the subcategories of Accommodations; Benefits; Employment, Education, Retention & Advancement; and Recruitment) – Businesses commit to and demonstrate commitment to benefits, recruitment practices, employment practices, and accommodation practices that fully incorporate and include individuals with disabilities.
- Community Engagement (10 points) – Businesses demonstrate public-facing engagement practices that celebrate and support individuals with disabilities.
- Supplier Diversity (10 points) – Businesses commit to and demonstrate supplier diversity practices that fully include and utilize Disability-Owned Business Enterprises (DOBEs), including Service-Disabled Veteran DOBEs and Veteran DOBEs.
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