1.22.2019 As a longstanding supporter of equality, diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace, I recently wrote to a number of major corporations that our state pension fund invests in regarding disability inclusion.
Companies that embrace an inclusive workplace have access to a bigger pool of talent. In addition, a recent study “Getting to Equal: The Disability Inclusion Advantage,” found that companies with best practices for employing and supporting people with disabilities outperformed their peers.
Unfortunately, many companies have not taken adequate steps to demonstrate disability inclusion. I’ve asked some of the largest — Apple, McDonald’s, Twentieth Century Fox and others — to participate in the Disability Equality Index. This objective survey, an initiative of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AADP) and Disability:IN, helps companies self-report their disability policies and practices and identify areas where they can improve their reputations as employers of choice.
Protecting our state’s pension fund is one of my greatest responsibilities as State Comptroller. That’s why I call on companies to take advantage of opportunities to make improvements, and as a result, enhance the value of the fund’s investments.
Office of the New York State Comptroller NYS Comptroller 1.18.2019
View the most recent DEI 2018 Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion.