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Understanding that we are all operating in an unprecedented environment with multiple, competing interests for the time and attention of the CEO, we are writing to you – from a CEO to CEO perspective – to ask for your much-needed help in advancing equality and inclusion at a time when the need to make sure that no one is marginalized has never been more important.
July 2020 marked the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). While there is much to celebrate in the progress that has been made since the ADA was created, there is still a great deal of work to be done. Specifically, we want to:
Request your consideration to participate in the Disability Equality Index (DEI), the leading corporate benchmarking tool for disability equality, which is administered by the non-profit organizations, American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and Disability:IN;
Share important information on disability inclusion that details its impact on business performance; and
Ensure that you’re aware of increasing investor interest in understanding how companies are inclusive of people with disabilities.
We have experienced first-hand, within our companies, the potential for innovation, sustainability, and profit as a result of disability inclusion. It is important to us, now more than ever, to drive companies aligned with corporate values and meaningful purpose. Without disability inclusion, we will fail to build sustainable futures that empower all.
We kindly request that your company registers for the DEI (www.DisabilityEqualityIndex.org), a corporate benchmarking tool created by non-profit organizations AAPD and Disability:IN.
Our respective companies leverage the DEI to help build better products, stronger workforces, and innovative supply chains. At a larger scale, we stand to boost the American GDP by up to $25 billion if we hire just 1% of the untapped talent with disabilities.
Over one billion people have a disability across the globe – and it is a strength. We are leveraging this – by hiring inclusively, contracting with disability-owned business enterprises, and creating accessible tools and technology for all. We do this because it’s the right thing to do and it makes good business sense. Research reveals that leading disability-inclusive companies stand to gain as much as 28% higher revenue, double the net income and 30% higher economic profit margins than their peers.
This is a growing topic for investors in driving sustainable performance. A global investor coalition, representing more than $2.8 trillion in combined assets, called on companies they invest in to become more disability inclusive. The coalition is led by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli and Oregon State Treasurer Tobias Read, and includes large institutional investors such as California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) and Bank of America.
We understand, firsthand, that many requests come across the CEO’s desk, which is why we’re reaching out directly to you on this topic. The business case for disability inclusion in the workplace is compelling. Investor interest – along with regulator and legislator interest – on the topic of workplace disability inclusion is increasing at an accelerated pace. And the DEI provides an unbiased and confidential way to benchmark disability inclusion in the workplace.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Darius Adamczyk, Chairman & CEO, Honeywell
Joe Adams, Managing Partner & CEO, RSM US LLP (“RSM”)
Aron Ain, Chairman & CEO, UKG
José (Joe) E. Almeida, Chairman, President & CEO, Baxter International Inc.
Carl S. Armato, President & CEO, Novant Health
Tom Arseneault, President & CEO, BAE Systems, Inc.
Stéphane Bancel, CEO, Moderna
Mary Barra, Chair and CEO, General Motors
Corie Barry, CEO, Best Buy
Marc Benioff, Chair & CEO, Salesforce
Andy Bird, CEO, Pearson
Frank Bisignano, President & CEO, Fiserv, Inc.
Robert M. Blue, Chair, President & CEO, Dominion Energy, Inc.
Jean-Michel Boers, President & CEO, and US Country Managing Director, Boehringer Ingelheim USA Corporation
Roz Brewer, CEO, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Walgreens Boots Alliance
Bruce Broussard, President & CEO, Humana Inc.
Greg Brown, Chairman & CEO, Motorola Solutions Inc
Jeffrey J. Brown, CEO, Ally Financial Inc.
James Butcher, President & CEO, Chemonics International
Giovanni Caforio, Chairman & CEO, Bristol Myers Squibb
David Calhoun, President & CEO, The Boeing Company
Anthony Capuano, CEO, Marriott International, Inc.
Marc Casper, Chairman, President & CEO, Thermo Fisher Scientific
Andy Cecere, Chairman & CEO, U.S. Bancorp
Annette Clayton, North American President & CEO, Schneider Electric
Frank Clyburn, CEO, IFF
David Cordani, President & CEO, Cigna Corporation
Brian Cornell, Board Chairman & CEO, Target Corp.
Roger Crandall, Chairman, President & CEO, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
Steve Demetriou, Chair & CEO, Jacobs
Sven Dethlefs, MD, Executive Vice President of North America Commercial, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries
Brian Doubles, President & CEO, Synchrony
Sandy Douglas, CEO, UNFI
Thasunda Brown Duckett, President & CEO, TIAA
Marvin R. Ellison, President & CEO, Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
Mick Farrell, CEO, ResMed
Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., President & CEO, Mayo Clinic
Bradley H. Feldmann, Chairman, President & CEO, Cubic Corporation
James M. Foote, President & CEO, CSX Corporation
Beth Ford, President & CEO, Land O’Lakes, Inc.
Fabrizio Freda, President & CEO, The Estée Lauder Companies
Pat Gelsinger, CEO, Intel
Paul Gentzkow, President & CEO, Talent Solutions, Robert Half
Thomas P. (Todd) Gibbons, CEO, BNY Mellon
Jim Goodnight, Co-Founder & CEO, SAS Institute Inc.
Mark Greatrex, President, Cox Communications, Inc.
Kelly Grier, US Chair & Americas Managing Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
Anders Gustafsson, CEO, Zebra Technologies Corp.
Bill Hagaman, CPA, CGMA, Managing Partner and CEO, Withum
M. Susan Hardwick, President & CEO, American Water Works, Inc.
Gregory J. Hayes, Chairman & CEO, Raytheon Technologies
Lauren Hobart, President & CEO, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc.
Roger Hochschild, President & CEO, Discover Financial Services
Kevin Hourican, President & CEO, Sysco Corporation
Barbara Humpton, CEO, Siemens USA
Robert Isom, Chief Executive Officer, American Airlines Group
Anthony Jabbour, CEO, Black Knight, Inc. and Dun & Bradstreet
Brad Jacobs, Chairman & CEO, XPO Logistics, Inc.
Robert E. Jordan, CEO, Southwest Airlines
Stephen Kaufer, President & CEO, Tripadvisor, Inc.
Rick Keyes, President & CEO, Meijer
Scott Kirby, CEO, United Airlines
Paul Knopp, U.S. Chair & CEO, KPMG
Alex Liu, Managing Partner, Chairman and Chief Diversity Officer, Kearney
Patrick Lockwood-Taylor, President, Bayer US
Sarah London, CEO, Centene Corporation
Charles F. Lowrey, Chairman & CEO, Prudential Financial, Inc.
Dave MacLennan, Chairman & CEO, Cargill, Incorporated
Mike Mahoney, Chairman & CEO, Boston Scientific
Paul Markovich, President & CEO, Blue Shield of California
Geoff Martha, CEO, Medtronic
Rodney Martin, Chairman & CEO, Voya Financial
Pamela Maynard, CEO, Avanade
Michael H. McGarry, PPG Chairman & CEO, PPG
Doug McMillon, CEO, Walmart Inc.
Rodney McMullen, Chairman & CEO, The Kroger Companies
Sanjay Mehrotra, President & CEO, Micron Technology, Inc.
Larry Merlo, President & CEO, CVS Health
Ben Minicucci, CEO & President, Alaska Airlines
Sarosh Mistry, Chair, Sodexo North America, Sodexo
Mark Mondello, CEO, Jabil Inc.
Curt Morgan, CEO, Vistra Corp.
Brian Moynihan, Chairman of the Board & CEO, Bank of America
Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft
Chris Nassetta, President & CEO, Hilton
Antonio Neri, President & CEO, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Kurt Newman, MD, President & CEO, Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C.
Ronald P. O’Hanley, Chairman & CEO, State Street Corporation
Ken Paulus, President & CEO, Prime Therapeutics LLC
Mark Pearson, CEO, Equitable Holdings
Douglas L. Peterson, President & CEO, S&P Global
Richard Poirier, President & CEO, Church Mutual Insurance Company, S.I.
Tom Polen, Chairman, CEO & President, Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD)
Brad Preber, CEO, Grant Thornton LLP
Tom Reeg, CEO, Caesars Entertainment
Dave Regnery, Chair & CEO, Trane Technologies
Dave Ricks, Chairman & CEO, Eli Lilly and Company
Dino E. Robusto, Chairman & CEO, CNA Financial Corporation
Jorge M. Rodriguez, President & CEO, Sorenson
Jim Ryan, Chairman & CEO, Old National Bank
Jim Ryan, President & CEO, Sony Interactive Entertainment
Tim Ryan, US Chair & Senior Partner, PwC
Leo Salom, President & CEO, TD Bank
Tom Salvaggio, President & CEO, CAI
Julien Sauvagnargues, President, Olympus Corporation of the Americas (OCA), Olympus Corporation of the Americas
Charlie Scharf, CEO, Wells Fargo & Company
Howard Schultz, CEO, Starbucks Corporation
Kåre Schultz, President and CEO, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries
Mike Sievert, President & CEO, T-Mobile
Vince Sorgi, President & CEO, PPL Corporation
Evan Spiegel, CEO, Snap Inc.
Julie Sweet, CEO, Accenture
Mike Swinford, CEO, NuMotion
Joe Tarantino, President & CEO, Protiviti
Laurent Therivel, CEO, UScellular
Carol B. Tomé, CEO, United Parcel Service
Robert N. Trunzo, President & CEO, CUNA Mutual Group
Sherri Turpin, CEO, ZVRS and Purple Communications
Joe Ucuzoglu, CEO, Deloitte US
Hans Vestberg, Chairman & CEO, Verizon
Michel Vounatsos, CEO, Biogen
Keith Waddell, CEO, Robert Half International
Kathy Warden, Chairman, CEO & President, Northrop Grumman Corporation
Mike Wirth, Chairman & CEO, Chevron Corporation
Anne Wojcicki, CEO & Co-Founder, 23andMe
John Zillmer, CEO, Aramark