The CEO Commission for Disability Employment was founded by Voya Financial, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS), to advance disability inclusive employment by inspiring and engaging business leaders to drive change through policy, practice, and culture.
70% of human resource professionals reported not having a disability inclusion initiative within their companies. (SHRM)
31% of adults with disabilities do not have access to adequate transportation -- twice the rate as compared to adults without disabilities.
--The American Association of People with Disabilities
Rangam joins the CEO Commission
Rangam joins the CEO Commission to Pledge Greater Support for Disability & Inclusion. The membership reflects Rangam’s unwavering commitment to improving recruitment processes, systems, and attitudes to facilitate greater inclusion of talent with autism, those who are neurodivergent, or with disabilities.
Planning Across the Spectrum joins the CEO Commission
As the newest member of the CEO Commission, Planning Across the Spectrum will "use their expertise in financial planning, Social Security, Medicaid, retirement plans, and employment structure and benefits to educate families, employers, and lawmakers on the opportunities that can come from employment when the right policies are in place and people are aware of what is available."
New Report: Competitive, Integrated Employment: A Driver of Long-Term Value Creation
A research paper released in conjunction with The 2022 Harkin International Disability Employment Summit shows that companies that make a commitment to competitive, integrated employment for persons with disabilities enjoy a competitive advantage and are positioned to capitalize on a $13 trillion global disability market.
The paper, written by Harkin Institute Senior Fellow Robert Ludke, is the latest publication in his ongoing work to explore the connection between disability inclusion and long-term value creation for shareholders, stakeholders, and society. The research paper was a collaboration with the CEO Commission's founding member, Voya Cares, Voya Financial’s program that serves people with disabilities and their caregivers.
The CEO Commission is designed to increase opportunities for people with disabilities to obtain and maintain employment. We aim to accomplish this by building a diverse coalition of private-sector organizations, including businesses of different sizes, including both for-profit and non-profit entities. Through effective collaboration and research, the CEO Commission will promote best-practices across the entire business community to decrease barriers individuals with disabilities face in accessing employment.
Systemic barriers exist for individuals living with disabilities to obtain and maintain employment. The CEO Commission for Disability Employment is bringing awareness to these barriers through private and public policy solutions
“Right now, many HR professionals and employees are not receiving disability inclusion training in the workplace, and this is a missed opportunity. As organizations rethink their talent strategies and rebuild their businesses, it’s imperative employers provide resources and support to hire, and welcome, individuals with disabilities.”
Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. SHRM President and CEO
“At Voya Financial, we know that disability inclusion—not only in the workplace, but everywhere—is good for our customers, our employees and society. People with disabilities and special needs have a right to equal opportunities—and they have a right to unlimited opportunities”
Rodney O. Martin, Jr. Voya Chairman and CEO
“As the leading human rights organization for all individuals with Down syndrome, it is our mission to work toward a society in which those with Down syndrome and other disabilities have fair opportunities.”
Kandi Pickard NDSS President and CEO