Walmart has always believed in building a better workforce and marketplace based on the principles of inclusion, diversity and opportunity for all of its associates and customers. That commitment extends to the people with disabilities who engage with our company as part of our workforce, supply chain, customer base, community outreach and philanthropic giving.
The Disability Equality Index® (DEI®) recognized this commitment by awarding Walmart the top score of 100 percent on its 2016 survey and naming Walmart one of its "DEI® Best Places to Work".
Read the 2016 DEI® press release.
The DEI is a joint initiative of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and the U.S. Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®). Developed by the DEI® Advisory Committee, a diverse group of business leaders, policy experts, and disability advocates, the DEI® is a national, transparent benchmarking tool that offers businesses an opportunity to receive a score on a scale of zero (0) to 100, on their disability inclusion policies and practices. Walmart was among 16 companies that stepped forward in 2014 as a founding sponsor of the DEI® which from its inception has been hailed by the disability community as a watershed milestone in advancing inclusion and fostering transparency across Corporate America.
The DEI® has helped us identify best practices going on across our enterprise which are driving inclusion for people with disabilities as well as illuminating opportunities for continued strategic growth. While we are proud of our top score of 100, our cultural value to strive for excellence will find us continually looking for ways to improve and advance disability inclusion across our business.
I'm proud to be a Walmart associate and an American with a disability, and to work for a company that creates an inclusive culture where I'm valued for my contributions and for the diverse styles, opinions and experiences that are informed by my disability. Thank you to AAPD and USBLN® for developing and driving the DEI® in order to help Walmart and other companies benchmark and advance disability inclusion, and to all of the organizations that work with us to help people with disabilities and their families live better.
Russell Shaffer, Walmart Constituent Relations
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