Businesses that hire employees with disabilities see:
28% higher revenue*
30% greater profit margins*
More likely to see higher shareholder returns**
*The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN)
**Getting to Equal 2018: The Disability Inclusion Advantage (Accenture)
Inclusion in Business
According to the 2020 Annual Report on the Global Economics of Disability, the emerging disability market will soon be larger than China with more than $1.90 trillion in disposable income worldwide.
People with disabilities as employees continue to outperform their non-disabled counterparts. Businesses that include people with special needs see increases in revenues, profit margins, shareholder returns, and overall workplace morale. People with disabilities want to work, want to spend, and want inclusion as customers and valuable workforce talents.
Read and download We Include’s Including People with Disabilities in Business guide for more information on how to find applicants with disabilities, integrate employees, and best serve customers with disabilities.
By putting trust in your employees, agencies and partners and allowing them to make a difference, it will improve brand perception externally and internally. In turn, it makes it easier to attract and retain the best, most diverse talent, which then leads to more authentic marketing.Raja RajamannarChief Marketing and Communications Officer, Mastercard
In today's employment climate, companies that let biases get in the way of great talent simply won't be able to compete. People with disabilities offer a valuable pool of potential that is too often overlooked and underestimated.Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.President and CEO, Society for Human Resource Management
Intentionally designing [accommodations] for people with diverse needs and abilities is what nurtures ongoing innovation.Thomas KohnstammWriter, Microsoft Stories
If we get disability right, we get human inclusion right.Caroline CaseyFounder, The Valuable 500
Creating a more inclusive world for the 1.3 billion people in the world with a disability is not just the right thing to do, it also makes a lot of business sense.Paul PolmanCEO, Unilever
To achieve our bold goals and aspiration, we must attract, retain and engage an incredibly diverse talent pipeline that includes individuals with disabilities. We benefit from their talents, experiences and perspectives, which make us better.Dennis MuilenburgPresident and CEO, Boeing
It's time more brands woke up to the collective benefits of understanding people with disabilities and their needs. The inclusion revolution is coming. Make sure it's on your agenda.Richard BransonFounder, Virgin Media
Top 20 disability Employers in 2020
Source: National Organization on Disability
Inclusion in the Workplace Matters
The biggest barrier in the workforce for people with disabilities isn’t their disability. Its misperceptions that keep them from being hired. 1 in 3 people think individuals with disabilities are less productive as non-disabled people and only 4% of businesses focus on being inclusive of disability.
However, research shows people with disabilities often exhibit more loyalty, creativity, problem-solving skills, enthusiasm for work, and commitment to a routine than their counterparts.
.Companies routinely see less turnover with employees who have disabilities.? Check out the businesses below who are walking the walk and showing that inclusion works.
Inclusion in business means building a culture of belonging for people with special needs.
Check out these stories highlighting companies that are doing inclusion right and seeing amazing results.
Connecting to Candidates with Disabilities
Create a more inclusive workplace by tapping into a gold mine of talent through networks dedicated to matching companies with good applicants who have disabilities.
Review your Job Postings
Review your job postings to make sure they don’t include arbitrary, exclusionary requirements that could deter candidates with disabilities from applying.
For example, many office job listings state “Must be able to lift up to 20 pounds,” when in reality, the heaviest object most office employees lift is a five-pound ream of paper.
To write inclusive postings, follow these three steps for writing ADA compliant job descriptions.
Adjust your interview process
Provide alternative ways for a job candidate with a disability to prove why he or she would make a good employee.
For example, use a working interview in lieu of a talking-only interview or allow candidates to write down their answers.
Interviewers should be confident asking job candidates what they need to be successful, both in the interview and in the job.