NEW YORK The National Organization on Disability (NOD) on Thursdayannounced the 27 organizations that have been selected to receive the 2016LeadingDisability Employer Seal. The Seal is a new effort by NOD to recognize companies that demonstrate exemplary hiring and employment practices for people with disabilities. This public, annual recognition is designed to applaud those organizations that are leading the way in disability hiringandencourage additional companies to tap into the many benefits of hiring talent with disabilities, including strong consumer preference for companies that employ individuals with disabilities and greater employee engagement across the workforce.
The winning organizations were announced via avideo messageby NOD Chairman Tom Ridge, who congratulated the inaugural Seal winners for learning what he hopes other companies soon will that people with disabilities make outstanding contributions to the workplace.
“They have seen the untapped potential of this talent pool,” Gov. Ridge said. “They have dedicated resources to welcome individuals with disabilities into their companies. And they are reaping the rewards of a diverse and productive workforce. When he signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law in 1990, President George H.W. Bush said employers hold the key to unlocking the great potential of the ADA. On behalf of President Bush, who proudly serves as NOD’s Honorary Chairman, let me be the first to congratulate and thank these businesses for leading the way.”
The 2016 NODLeading Disability Employer Sealwinners are:
- Bath Veterans Affairs Medical Center
- The Boeing Company
- Capital One
- Christiana Care Health System
- Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition
- Colorado Spring Utilities
- Comcast NBCUniversal
- Exelon Corporation
- General Motors
- The Hartford
- The Hershey Company
- Lockheed Martin
- National Grid USA
- New Editions Consulting
- Northrop Grumman
- Procter & Gamble
- Prudential Financial
- S&P Global
The NODLeading Disability Employer Sealis awarded based on data furnished by companies in response to NOD’sDisability Employment Tracker, a free, confidential, online assessment and benchmarking of companies’ disability inclusion programs in the following areas:
- Climate and Culture
- Identifying and Sourcing Talent
- Performance Management
- Tracking and Measurement, including outcomes in the past 12 months and goals for the next 12-18 months
While the Tracker is entirely confidential, organizations may opt to be considered for the NODLeading Disability Employer Seal. Responses are scored, taking into account both disability employment practices and performance. Scoring prioritizes practices that are associated with increased disability employment outcomes over time, in addition to current performance in disability employment. Respondents also receive points based on the percentage of people with disabilities in their workforce.
TheDisability Employment Trackerwas developed by NOD in partnership with the National Business and Disability Council (NBDC) at The Viscardi Center and Sirota Consulting, a leading provider of organizational assessments. The Tracker was introduced in 2013 with lead support from the Exelon Foundation and guidance from leading research firm J.D. Power.
To be considered for the NOD 2017Leading Disability Employer Seal, companies can sign up for theDisability Employment Tracker. While companies can use the free Tracker assessment at any time, to be considered for the 2017Leading Disability Employer Sealsubmissions must be received during the designated qualifying window, which will open in autumn 2016.Sign up here and NOD will notify you when the 2017 qualifying window opens.