Leading Practices on Disability Inclusion

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 8:00pm

Welcome Letter

Dear Reader:

Successful businesses recognize that incorporating disability in all diversity and inclusion practices positively impacts their companies’ bottom line. Corporate CEOs understand that it’s cost effective to recruit and retain the best talent regardless of disability. Chief technology officers know that technologies that are used by all employees lead to greater productivity. Senior purchasing managers recognize the economic benefits of broadening their supplier bases to include diverse categories, such as disability-owned businesses. And savvy marketing directors eagerly embrace opportunities to increase their companies’ share of new markets.

While businesses sometimes encounter serious challenges as they seek to implement inclusion strategies, many employers have overcome these hurdles with robust and creative practices. As a collaborative initiative to share creative inclusion practices that succeed, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN®) invited congressional and business leaders to participate in the second Corporate Disability Employment Summit: Leading Practices on Disability Inclusion.

Prior to the summit, business leaders were asked to share their successful disability inclusion strategies. This publication highlights these strategies, which businesses of all sizes can use to create a more inclusive workplace, marketplace, and supply chain. Real-life examples, such as these, are important to help businesses realize the wide range of opportunities available and the potential for replicating success. An assessment is also included as a tool to initiate or enhance your company’s disability-friendly corporate practices.

Sincerely,

Thomas J. Donohue
President and CEO
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Jill Houghton
Executive Director
US Business Leadership Network