American Airlines Receives Top Score on the Disability Equality Index
For the sixth consecutive year the airline reaches this momentous achievement. It has also been named one of the best companies to work for for its inclusion policies
For the sixth year in a row, American Airlines received a maximum score of 100 on the Disability Equality Index® (DEI) and is named one of the Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion in 2021. The DEI was Launched in 2015 by Disability: IN and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). Today, the DEI is recognized as the strongest disability inclusion assessment tool in business.
"At American Airlines, we have a mission to care for everyone on life's journey and that starts with our team members," said Vice President of Global People Operations and Diversity & Inclusion, Cedric Rockamore. “We are committed to creating an inclusive workplace where people of all abilities feel welcomed and respected throughout our global organization. American is incredibly proud of this achievement because the recognition marks the airline's continued work to build an inclusive workplace for all employees. "
Globally, people with disabilities represent more than one billion people across all age lines, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and religion.
DEI was created by the DEI Advisory Committee, a diverse group of business leaders, policy experts, and disability advocates. The DEI examines the practices and procedures that companies are implementing in the following categories to select the best scores: Culture and Leadership; Access to the entire company; Employment practices (benefits, hiring, employment, education, retention and promotion, accommodations); Community involvement; Supplier Diversity; Outside the US Operations.
Now in its seventh year, DEI continues to help businesses make a positive impact on unemployment / underemployment for people with disabilities.