National Organization on Disability Introduces Disability Employer Seal of Approval in 2016
Awarded annually, the Seal will recognize companies that demonstrate exemplary hiring and employment practices
NEW YORK (January 13, 2016) – National Organization on Disability (NOD) President Carol Glazer today announced a new effort to formally recognize companies that demonstrate exemplary hiring and employment practices for people with disabilities. Called the Disability Employer Seal of Approval, this public, annual recognition is designed not only to applaud those companies who are leading the way in disability hiring, but also to encourage others to consider the many benefits of making an inclusive workforce a priority.
“With labor shortages looming, a growing number of leading companies are recognizing that people with disabilities represent an often untapped, and in many cases highly educated, potential talent pool,” said Glazer. “As companies look for ways to distinguish themselves as employers of choice for people with disabilities, this new Seal of Approval is a logical next step to shine a very bright light on those all across the country who are doing it best. Those chosen will receive promotional materials they can use on their website and social media and on signage so that people who interact with their brand – including prospective employees – know they have made this a priority and are deserving of the NOD seal. It is a mark of distinction we hope all employers will aspire to achieve.”
When he signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law in 1990, U.S. President and NOD Honorary Chairman George H.W. Bush said employers hold the key to unlocking the great potential of the ADA. Yet more than 25 years later, 8 in 10 working age Americans with disabilities are not employed. “Thankfully, there are a number of outstanding companies that are working hard to deliver on President Bush’s vision of full employment,” said Glazer. “They have learned that people with disabilities make outstanding contributions to the workplace and can help companies that are struggling to replace Baby Boomers who are retiring in record numbers.”
What is the Disability Employer Seal of Approval?
The Disability Employer Seal of Approval recognizes companies with exemplary hiring and employment practices. The Seal will be awarded annually to companies that are meeting performance thresholds in the areas of identifying and sourcing talent; on- boarding; performance management; corporate climate and culture; and tracking and measurement. Selection will be data driven and companies will need to re-qualify each year for the Seal.
How does a company qualify for consideration?
In order to be considered for the Seal, companies must register for and complete NOD’s Disability Employment Tracker(TM), a free tool for employers to confidentially assess their disability and veteran inclusion practices. New in 2016, participants will receive the free Disability Employment Tracker ScoreCard(TM) that gives companies key benchmarks and leading practices in disability employment. The 2016 Tracker survey will be live beginning today, January 13 through March 2, 2016. Seal winners will be announced in the Spring.
“The Disability Employment Tracker is a great way for companies to look at how they stack up in including this important talent segment in their workforce – and to identify opportunities to improve their practices,” said Andy Traub, NOD’s managing director of Professional Services. “While the Tracker is free, there is a new executive briefing option available so that our subject-matter experts can provide customized recommendations on ways to improve inclusion practices.”
To sign up for the Disability Employment Tracker and qualify for Seal consideration, simply visit www.nod.org/tracker. To date, nearly 90 companies already have taken the Tracker from industry sectors ranging from banking and telecom to insurance and retail.
The National Organization on Disability (NOD) is a private, non-profit organization that seeks to increase employment opportunities for the 79 percent of working age Americans with disabilities who are not employed. To achieve this goal, NOD offers a suite of employment solutions, tailored to meet leading companies’ workforce needs. NOD has helped some of the world’s most recognized brands be more competitive in today’s global economy by building or enriching their disability inclusion programs. For more information about NOD and how its professional services, CEO Council of Corporate Leaders and Disability Employment Tracker(TM) can help your business, visit www.nod.org.