RADNOR, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Lincoln Financial Group (NYSE:LNC) today announced that for the second consecutive year, it earned a perfect 100 percent score and the honor of “Best Places to Work.” according to the 2017 Disability Equality Index (DEI). A joint initiative between the U.S. Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®) and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the DEI recognizes Lincoln’s continued commitment to creating an accessible, inclusive environment for people with disabilities in the workplace, the marketplace and the community.
“We are honored to be recognized on the Disability Equality Index for the second consecutive year,” said Allison Green, senior vice president and chief diversity officer at Lincoln Financial Group. “Our employees’ unique backgrounds and skills have a positive impact on our company and are essential to meeting and exceeding our organizational goals. Maintaining our 100 percent score reflects our commitment to sustaining an inclusive workplace, recognizing our differences as a driver of innovation in the marketplace, and advancing the effort for equality in all communities.”
The DEI evaluates whether companies have policies that promote equal opportunity employment, embrace diversity, encourage people with disabilities to be themselves and have practices in place that provide comprehensive access. This year, 110 participating Fortune 1000 companies were rigorously evaluated in four major categories: culture and leadership, enterprise-wide access, employment practices and community engagement and support.
“AAPD proudly recognizes this year’s top DEI scorers,” said Helena Berger, President and CEO of AAPD. “On the heels of the twenty-seventh anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we should celebrate our achievements, but also reflect on the fact that employment outcomes for Americans with disabilities have remained unchanged. Employment is a pathway to the American Dream, and the DEI is an effective, non-punitive tool that builds partnerships between the disability and business communities to ultimately expand employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities and embrace the talents and skills we bring to the workplace. Working together, we can help ensure no one is left behind or unable to pursue their dream because of a disability."
By receiving a top score on the DEI, companies must demonstrate significant business leadership, going far beyond compliance activities to drive business success through leading disability inclusion policies and practices.
About Lincoln Financial Group
Lincoln Financial Group provides advice and solutions that help empower people to take charge of their financial lives with confidence and optimism. Today, more than 17 million customers trust our retirement, insurance and wealth protection expertise to help address their lifestyle, savings and income goals, as well as to guard against long-term care expenses. Headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) and its affiliates. The company had $241 billion in assets under management as of June 30, 2017. Learn more at: www.LincolnFinancial.com. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. To sign up for email alerts, please visit our Newsroom at http://newsroom.lfg.com.
About the Disability Equality Index
The Disability Equality Index (DEI) is a unique, joint project of the US Business Leadership Council and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). It serves as the nation’s most trusted annual benchmarking tool allowing America’s leading corporations to self-report their disability policies and practices. This evolving survey then scores each corporation on a scale from 0 to 100—100 representing the most inclusive. The DEI was developed by the two national leaders in consultation with the appointed DEI Advisory Committee, a diverse and voluntary group of experts in business, policy and disability advocacy.
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