The 2020 Disability Equality Index Announced

Disability:IN, the leading nonprofit resource for business disability inclusion worldwide, released their annual Disability Equality Index “Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion.” The report found an upward trend of inclusion practices impacting the representative workforce of 11M globally.

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This week, Disability:IN, the leading nonprofit resource for business disability inclusion worldwide, released their annual Disability Equality Index (DEI) “Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion.” The DEI is a prominent benchmarking tool for the Fortune 1000 and America’s top 200 revenue grossing law firms (Am Law 200) to gauge their level of disability workplace inclusion against competitors.  

Over the history of the Disability Equality Index, the trending results are undeniable: disability inclusion and equality is good business. Being a disability-inclusive employer is good for recruitment, retention, engagement and the bottom line. In fact, in 2018 Accenture found that companies that offered inclusive working environments for employees with disabilities achieved an average of 28% higher revenue, 30% higher economic profit margins, and 2x net income of industry peers 

In a press release by GlobalNewswire, Jill Houghton, President & CEO, Disability:IN said “The best way to attract, retain and grow talent with disabilities is to create an accessible, inclusive workplace. This year’s top scoring Disability Equality Index companies are demonstrating their commitment to many of the numerous leading disability inclusion practices featured in the DEI, recognizing that there’s still room for improvement. 

A few major trends that emerged from 2020 Disability Equality Index Report include:  

  • Culture- 97% of businesses with a company-wide written statement of commitment to Diversity & Inclusion, 85% of them specifically mention disability.
  • Leadership- 88% of businesses with a Diversity Council have a member who is openly public about their disability and/or as an ally/supporter for persons with disabilities.
  • Enterprise-Wide Access- 70% of businesses have an accessibility expert who can resolve accessibility/compatibility issues necessary for persons with disabilities to use technology systems.
  • Accommodations- 94% of businesses have a written disability accommodation procedure available to employees, which explains the process for requesting a disability accommodation.
  • Recruitment - 89% of businesses have external recruitment efforts in place that are specifically geared toward hiring individuals with disabilities.
  • Community Engagement- 95% of businesses have provided philanthropic support to an external disability-related event or organization. 

Points of Light is proud to work with so many partners that were recognized this year! For the 2020 DEI Report, including the complete list of companies scoring 80% and above, visit the Disablity:IN website and download the report.  

Looking to specifically ramp up your volunteer efforts around inclusion? Reach out to askdevelopment@pointsoflight.org, to see how the Points of Light team can help.  

Em Clarke

Senior Manager, Corporate Solutions , Points of Light

Em Clarke has been with Points of Light for a year and a half working with corporate clients through POL's Corporate Solutions consulting practice. She is motivated by her work evaluating corporate accountability and social responsibility and has spent the last five years dedicated to improving the well being of local communities through global strategy and ensuring marginalized voices are heard when funders and decision makers choose to take interest. Upon receipt of her Master of Nonprofit Management and Leadership from The University of Georgia, she joined the United Way system for several years before transitioning to Points of Light. Her professional experiences include managing teams of executives working collectively to design enterprise-wide programming, volunteer days of service, and funding strategies.
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