Seventeen New Jersey companies were among the 240 that received a 100% score from the Disability Equality Index that was released Thursday by Disability:IN, a leading nonprofit resource for business disability inclusion worldwide.
The DEI was launched in 2015 by Disability:IN and the American Association of People with Disabilities and is acknowledged today as the most robust disability inclusion assessment tool in business. It was created by the DEI Advisory Committee, a diverse group of business leaders, policy experts and disability advocates. Now in its eighth year, the DEI exists to help businesses make a positive impact on the unemployment/underemployment of people with disabilities.
“Disability inclusion is a rapidly expanding aspect of corporate culture, and it’s gratifying to partner with 415 companies on the 2022 Disability Equality Index,” Jill Houghton, CEO and president of Disability:IN stated. “These top-scoring companies not only excel in disability inclusion, but many are also adopting emerging trends and pioneering measures that can move the disability agenda from accommodation to inclusion and ultimately, genuine belonging.”
In 2022, 415 corporations, including 69 Fortune 100, 188 Fortune 500 and 227 Fortune 1000 companies, utilized the DEI to benchmark their disability inclusion efforts. Out of 415 participants, 240 companies received a score of 100.
The following New Jersey companies received a score of 100, the highest mark:
- ADP (Roseland)
- American Water (Camden)
- Bayer (Whippany)
- Becton, Dickinson and Co. (Franklin Lakes)
- Biogen (Princeton)
- BMO Harris Bank (Berkeley Heights)
- Booz Allen Hamilton (Eatontown)
- Dun & Bradstreet Inc.(Short Hills)
- Johnson & Johnson (New Brunswick)
- Merck (Kenilworth)
- Nestlé USA (Keasbey)
- Novartis Corp. (East Hanover)
- Pearson (Hoboken)
- Prudential Financial Inc. (Newark)
- Sanofi US (Bridgewater)
- TD Bank (Cherry Hill)
- Unilever USA (Englewood Cliffs)
- Withum (Princeton)
Dozens of companies that have a strong presence in New Jersey but are based in other states also made the list but are not listed above.
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