For the sixth consecutive year, Delta Air Lines has been named one of the "Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion." Announced today by Disability:IN and The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the company earned a top score of 100 percent on the 2021 Disability Equality Index®, the world's most comprehensive benchmarking tool for the Fortune 1000 to measure disability workplace inclusion against competitors.
"When we look to build a workforce that reflects the world, it means we must create a workplace that is inclusive and supports the needs of all our people," said Keyra Lynn Johnson, Delta's Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer. "We are honored to be recognized for the sixth year in a row, but we know that our work doesn't stop with this accomplishment. We are continually assessing how we can better serve our people and ensure every employee feels valued and seen for the work they do to make Delta the best airline in the world."
The 2021 Disability Equality Index measured culture and leadership; enterprise-wide access; employment practices (benefits, recruitment, employment, education, retention and advancement, and accommodations); community engagement; supplier diversity; and non-U.S. operations.
"The Disability Equality Index shines a spotlight on companies that believe they have a stake in creating a more equitable society for people with disabilities," said Maria Town, President and CEO of AAPD. "It is a conduit for our work championing disability rights for the 60 million Americans with disabilities and knocking down barriers to employment, technology and healthcare, and we're thrilled to see the progress being made today."
Globally, individuals with disabilities represent over one billion people. Disability is a natural part of the human experience, and it crosses lines of age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and religion.
The Disability Equality Index was created by the Advisory Committee, a diverse group of business leaders, policy experts and disability advocates. Now in its seventh year, the index exists to help businesses make a positive impact on the unemployment/underemployment of people with disabilities.
At Delta, we are committed to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the broadest sense as part of our work to connect and reflect the world. Delta drives meaningful impact by actively seeking diversity, boldly pursuing equity and consciously promoting inclusion while holding ourselves accountable to these goals.
Delta's senior cross-divisional Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council, made up of nearly 30 executive leaders, ensures these goals are embedded throughout the organization by evaluating corporate and divisional metrics, programs and proposals. The company also has 10 Business Resource Groups with over 24,000 actively engaged employees to ensure that diverse perspectives are brought to the table, serving as strategists and thought leaders on business issues. As part of the company's holistic, comprehensive DEI strategy, Delta is focused on closing representation gaps and systemic change by becoming an anti-racism, anti-discrimination organization. Learn more here.
As a "Best Workplace for Diversity," Delta has been recognized as a "Best Workplace for Women" by Great Place To Work and Fortune for three years in a row, "Top-Rated Workplaces for Veterans" by Indeed, and "Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion."
The Disability Equality Index is a comprehensive benchmarking tool that helps companies build a roadmap of measurable, tangible actions that they can take to achieve disability inclusion and equality. Each company 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."
The Disability Equality Index is a joint initiative of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the nation's largest disability rights organization, and Disability:IN, the global business disability inclusion network, to collectively advance the inclusion of people with disabilities. The organizations are complementary and bring unique strengths that make the project relevant and credible to corporations and the disability community. The tool was developed by the Disability Equality Index Advisory Committee, a diverse group of business leaders, policy experts, and disability advocates. Learn more at: www.DisabilityEqualityIndex.org.
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 50+ million Americans with disabilities. Learn more at: www.aapd.com.
Disability:IN is a global organization driving disability inclusion and equality in business. More than 270 corporations trust Disability:IN to activate and achieve disability inclusion across their enterprise and in the broader corporate mainstream. Through the world's most comprehensive disability inclusion benchmarking; best-in-class conferences and programs; and expert counsel and engagement, Disability:IN works with leading businesses to create long-term business and societal impact. Join us at disabilityin.org/AreYouIN #AreYouIN.