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2023 Disability Equality Index® Uncovers Uneven Adoption of Corporate Disability Inclusion Practices

Disability:IN, the global organization driving disability inclusion and equality in business, and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), today published findings from the 2023 Disability Equality Index® (DEI), the world's largest and most comprehensive benchmarking tool for the Fortune 1000 and Am Law 200 to measure disability workplace inclusion among corporate peers.

A total of 485 corporations across 30 diverse industries including technology, banking and healthcare utilized the DEI in 2023 to benchmark their disability inclusion efforts, a 17% increase in participation from 2022. In addition to a growing contingent of Am Law 200 firms, more than 70% of the Fortune 100 and nearly half of the Fortune 500 participated this year.

The 2023 report debuts a new framework that illustrates the lifecycle of disability inclusive practices by examining rates of adoption. "With this new framework, we now have critical insight into how best practices become industry standards," said Jill Houghton, President & CEO, Disability:IN. "The DEI isn't just about a score; it's about illuminating practices that have the most impact. Equipped with this knowledge, businesses today have an unprecedented opportunity to embrace the innovation and unique perspectives that talent with disabilities bring to the table."

2023 DEI Highlights

The 2023 DEI report revealed signs of the ways companies are implementing more disability inclusion throughout their corporate culture, leadership, employment and accessibility programs and practices from the previous year, such as:

Conversely, the report revealed key areas for sustained attention in the years ahead:

"People with disabilities are also still nearly invisible on corporate boards. Around the world, disability lags behind gender and ethnicity in board diversity considerations. In the 2023 Disability Equality Index, just 7% of companies reported having a board member with a disability," said Ted Kennedy, Jr., co-chair of the DEI and immediate past chair of the AAPD board.

"The findings of the 2023 Disability Equality Index reveal that while promising progress has been made, there is more work to be done. As we look to the future of the DEI, we'll set our focus on critical action areas that we believe have the potential to create meaningful change for people with disabilities in business," Houghton added. These initiatives include:

The DEI covers Culture & Leadership, Enterprise-Wide Access, Employment Practices, Community Engagement, Supplier Diversity and Non-U.S. Operations. Each company participating in the DEI receives a score, on a scale of zero (0) to 100, with those earning 80 and above recognized as a "Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion."

Additionally, Disability:IN piloted the Global Disability Equality Index (GDEI), gaining critical data to expand the reach of the U.S. DEI and help companies build sustainable, culturally competent progress worldwide. In 2024 the DEI will, for the first time, offer scored benchmarks for companies in Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Japan, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

To view the Disability Equality Index online, please visit https://disabilityin.org/2023-dei-report

Registration for the 2024 DEI opens in Fall 2023 at DisabilityEqualityIndex.org.

About Disability:IN

Disability:IN is a global organization driving disability inclusion and equality in business. More than 500 corporations partner with Disability:IN to create long-term business and social impact through the world's most comprehensive disability inclusion benchmarking and reporting tool, the Disability Equality Index (DEI); best-in-class conferences and programs; expert counsel and engagement; and public policy leadership. To learn more about Disability:IN's key initiatives including Boards Are IN, Investors Are IN, and CEOs Are IN, visit www.disabilityin.org

About the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

AAPD is a convener, connector, and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power for people with disabilities. As a national cross-disability rights organization, AAPD advocates for full civil rights for the 60+ million Americans with disabilities. Learn more at: www.aapd.com

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