Ford continues to rack up accolades for its efforts to make the company a great place to work for everyone. Most recently, that includes ranking ninth overall and first among automakers on 3BL Media’s 2022 Best Corporate Citizen list, as well as scoring a perfect 100 on Disability:IN’s 2021 Disability Equality Index (DEI). Now, as it continues to innovate in ways that make life easier for those folks, Ford has once again achieved a perfect score on the 2022 version of Disability:IN’s Disability Equality Index.
Disability:IN – a non-profit dedicated to business disability inclusion – has once again named Ford as one of the best places to work for those with disabilities, marking the sixth consecutive year it has earned a perfect score. Ford’s score of 100 is based on the Disability Equality Index, a comprehensive benchmarking tool that measures benefits, retention, advancement, community engagement, supplier diversity, and other attributes.
Ford credits its success in this regard to a number of key initiatives, including employing passionate, concerned employees and leadership, its Ford Empowering Diverse Abilities employee resource group, and supplier diversity and inclusion program. “Having people around who want to listen to the lived experiences of those with disabilities and then allow those stories to inform better and more intuitive products and experiences makes all the difference,” said Emily Obert, Ford Next accessibility lead. “I hope we continue to have even more of that, because progress really does take all of us.”
“We are honored by this recognition, and we are committed to making progress in this area so all of our employees can truly feel and know that they belong and can thrive at Ford,” said Lori Costew, the company’s chief diversity officer. “Whether it’s more changes to our facilities, updates to our products, or improvements to our benefits and processes, we are constantly reimagining ways to make a difference in the lives of our people and our customers as part of our promise to care for each other.”