July 1, 2020
John Vomhof Jr.Staff Writer
Best Buy has once again earned a perfect score of 100% on the Disability Equality Index (DEI), ranking among the leading companies on the list of Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion.
The DEI is a prominent benchmarking tool for Fortune 1000 companies and leading law firms to gauge their level of disability workplace inclusion against competitors. The criteria include culture and leadership, enterprisewide access, community engagement, supplier diversity and employment practices, such as benefits, recruitment and retention.
At Best Buy, we believe that an accessible and inclusive workplace is vital to attracting and retaining the best talent and to delivering a great employee experience. To accomplish this, we strive to create an environment where everyone can succeed and grow.
As part of our comprehensive Workplace Accommodation program, we look for ways we can make reasonable modifications or adjustments to the work environment whenever possible. For example, we’re using clear face coverings at a store where the general manager is hard of hearing.
Additionally, we expanded our mental health resources for employees last year. And we encourage participation in an Employee Resource Group dedicated to improving the experience for both employees and customers with disabilities.
More than 61 million adults in the U.S. — a quarter of the population — report having a disability, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The complexities of living and working with disabilities bring valuable skills and traits to the workplace, such as problem-solving, determination and perseverance.
The DEI, now in its sixth year, is a joint initiative of Disability:IN and the American Association of People with Disabilities. It is recognized as the most comprehensive tool for companies to self-report and benchmark their disability policies and practices. Almost 250 companies participated in this year’s survey to benchmark their disability inclusion efforts.
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