For the sixth year in a row, American Airlines received a top score of 100 on the Disability Equality Index® (DEI) and is named one of the best places to work for disability inclusion in 2021. The DEI was launched in 2015 by Disability:IN and The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). Today, the DEI is acknowledged as the most robust disability inclusion assessment tool in business.
“At American Airlines, we have a mission to care for all people on life’s journey and that starts with our team members,” Vice President of Global People Operations and Diversity & Inclusion Cedric Rockamore said. “We are committed to creating an inclusive workplace where people of all abilities feel welcomed and respected across our global organization. American is incredibly proud of this achievement because the recognition acknowledges the airline’s continued work to build an inclusive workplace for all employees.”
Globally, people with disabilities represent more than 1 billion people across all lines of age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and religion.
The DEI was created by the DEI Advisory Committee, a diverse group of business leaders, policy experts and disability advocates. The DEI examines the practices and procedures companies are implementing in the following categories to select the top scorers: Culture & Leadership; Enterprise-wide Access; Employment Practices (Benefits, Recruitment, Employment, Education, Retention & Advancement, Accommodations); Community Engagement; Supplier Diversity; Non-U.S. Operations.
Now in its seventh year, the DEI continues to help businesses make a positive impact on the unemployment/underemployment of people with disabilities.