Ford has placed a large emphasis on making its workforce more inclusive and diverse in recent years, finding and recruiting candidates with autism and helping minorities pursue careers in engineering as two of many examples. Now, Ford has been recognized by Disability:IN – a non-profit dedicated to business disability inclusion – as one of the best places to work for those with disabilities.
Ford scored a perfect 100 in the 2021 Disability Equality Index (DEI), joining its cross-town rival General Motors as the only two automakers to receive a perfect score. Scores of 100 are given out to companies that adhere to many of the DEI’s leading disability inclusion practices. These top scores mean that Ford is one of the very best places for those with disabilities to work.
Ford’s efforts to provide an inclusive workplace to its employees extend far beyond those with disabilities, of course. In recent months, the automaker has embraced a number of progressive policies, including promoting gender diversity in its executive ranks, expanding its parental leave policy, promoting LGBTQ equality, celebrating and recognizing the role minorities have played in its success, and amending its bylaws to adopt gender-neutral job titles.
The automaker also recently showed off a custom Ford Mustang Mach-E assembled entirely by women, and in recent years, has been gaining on GM in terms of executive gender diversity. Following last year’s protests against systematic racism, Ford also vowed to help fight it, and soon afterward, surveyed 188,000 of its employees with an eye toward addressing institutional bias.
Additionally, Ford has also been recognized several times in recent years as one of the best places to work including by the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) LGBTQ Equality report and Corporate Equality Index, the latter of which it has earned excellent scores on for nearly two decades now.