Disability:IN, the global organization driving disability inclusion and equality in business, announced the 2022 Inclusion Award recipients. The awards recognize visionary brands and individuals that are advancing disability inclusion.
“We applaud these changemakers who are driving extraordinary outcomes for people with disabilities around the world. Whether it’s innovating new products, creating exemplary programming and practices, or demonstrating corporate leadership, I’m honored to recognize the brands and individuals that bring their passion and dedication every day to the table to transform business and shape a society that includes everybody,” said Jill Houghton, President and CEO of Disability:IN.
2022 Employer of the Year: T-Mobile
Disability:IN recognized T-Mobile as Employer of the Year due to the company’s achievement in exemplary policies, strategies and initiatives that have resulted in measurable results in the areas of disability inclusiveness in the workplace, marketplace and supply chain.
T-Mobile being named Disability:IN’s Employer of the Year reflects the commitment we’ve made to diversity, equity and inclusion and empowering every member of our team – including those with disabilities – to bring our ‘Be You’ culture to life every day,” said Jon Freier, president of T-Mobile’s Consumer Group. “This recognition just motivates us to continue to focus on being leaders in this space into the future!”
In total, there are 10 Inclusion Award categories that recognize companies and their inclusive employers and/or leaders:
1. 2022 Top Corporation for Disability-Owned Businesses: Accenture
The Top Corporation for Disability-Owned Business recognizes a corporation that has demonstrated outstanding inclusion of Disability:IN certified disability-owned businesses (including businesses owned by service-disabled veterans), and demonstrated commitment to disability business inclusion in their supply chain processes and corporate supplier diversity programs.
2. 2022 John D. Kemp Leadership Award: Rodney O. Martin, Jr., Chairman and CEO, Voya Financial
The John D. Kemp Inclusion Award recognizes an individual who has developed or influenced the development of significant company disability employment programs and/or services that resulted in measurable, tangible and positive outcomes that dramatically improved disability employment opportunities.
3. 2022 ERG/BRG of the Year: Dawn: Bristol Myers Squibb
The Employee/Business Resource Group of the Year recognizes a corporate employee resource group (ERG) or business resource group (BRG) as having exemplary programming and practices for its employee group that provides business value to the company and professional growth for its members.
4. 2022 NextGen Alum of the Year: Meenakshi Das, Microsoft
The NextGen Alum of the Year recognizes an alumnus who has gone above and beyond after participating in Disability:IN’s NextGen Leader Initiatives. This alumnus has not only demonstrated corporate leadership, but has also paid it forward for future NextGen Leaders.
5. 2022 Supplier of the Year: TDG Scientific
The Supplier of the Year recognizes a certified Disability-Owned Business Enterprises- DOBE®s, Veteran-Disability Owned Business Enterprises (V-DOBEs™) or a Service-Disabled Veteran Disability-Owned Business Enterprises (SDV-DOBEs™) supplier that has provided excellent service and serves as a role model for disability business inclusion in the supply chain.
6. 2022 Marketplace Innovator of the Year – Customer Service/Experience Design: Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
The Marketplace Innovator of the Year recognizes an innovative product(s) that is inclusively designed, to be used for people of all abilities. This category specifically relates to the processes, services or experiences that enhance an inclusive and satisfying customer experience for individuals with disabilities.
7. 2022 Marketplace Innovator of the Year – Product Design: Mastercard
The Marketplace Innovator of the Year, Product Category recognizes an innovative product(s) that is inclusively designed, to be used for people of all abilities. This category hinges on great product design which is marketed broadly to the general public and intentionally employs universal design principles.
8. 2022 ERG/BRG Executive Sponsor of the Year: Lisa Bickel, Honeywell and Joshua Pascoe, Honeywell
The ERG/BRG Executive Sponsor of the Year Award recognizes an Executive Sponsor of a company’s disability ERG/BRG who has had a measurable impact on disability inclusion at the company and champions disability inclusion across the enterprise.
9. 2022 Affiliate of the Year: Disability:IN Minnesota
The Affiliate of the Year honors a Disability:IN Affiliate that has demonstrated exemplary efforts in promoting the vision, mission and spirit of Disability:IN. This Affiliate helps their territory understand, utilize, and benefit from the valuable resources that people with disabilities present in the workplace, supply chain and marketplace.
10. 2022 Supplier Diversity Advocate of the Year: Mary Brougher
The Supplier Diversity Advocate of the Year recognizes a procurement champion who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the utilization and growth of disability-owned businesses, and also provided exceptional support for certified Disability-Owned Business Enterprises- DOBE®s, Veteran-Disability Owned Business Enterprises (V-DOBEs™) and Service-Disabled Veteran Disability-Owned Business Enterprises (SDV-DOBEs™).
This year, Disability:IN is renaming the Supplier Diversity Advocate of the Year award to the Mary Brougher Supplier Diversity Advocate of the Year Award to commemorate the late disability rights leader. Mary was a leading advocate for employment for youth and adults with disabilities and mental health advocacy.
Nominate Inclusive Employers for Next Year
The 2023 DEI applications will open in the winter of 2022. What inclusive employers would you nominate? To see some of the potential competitors, download the DEI’s complete list of 2022 Best Places to Work. Kudos to the nearly 200 companies that scored 100%!