Nearly one in four Americans has a disability. That’s 61 million Americans according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). This is why GSK has long been focused on disability inclusion. We are proud to share we have once again been recognized as a Best Place to Work by Disability:IN and the American Association of People with Disabilities. This is the sixth straight year we have scored 100 percent on the Disability Equality Index®, an annual comprehensive benchmark that assesses policies and practices.
The index measures six critical areas:
- Culture & Leadership
- Enterprise-Wide Access
- Employment Practices
- Community Engagement
- Supplier Diversity
- Non-U.S. Operations
“I am inspired by people at all levels of our organization who are elevating and innovating accessibility so our colleagues can thrive,” said Lissa Cabassa, US HR country head and US DEI head.
We have pledged to remove barriers and limitations for everyone at GSK. This is an important tenet of our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategy. We want to recruit and retain the best talent.
Helping to lead the charge is our Disability Confidence Network Employee Resource Group which is guided by a Global Disability Council. This team’s goal is to give each person the same opportunities to fully participate in every aspect of their career.
“Along with raising awareness and promoting education, we want to ensure our colleagues understand the numerous resources our company offers,” Cabassa said. “We advocate. We empower allies. We are active in being change agents. We are making a tangible difference and improving employee experience.”
Andy Garrett sits in a unique position. A life-changing diagnosis forced him to re-evaluate his options. Not only did he find a rewarding role, he is now in a position to help others. Hear more about why he is personally invested in this effort here.
To further our commitment, GSK is a member of the Valuable 500. This pledge holds a collective of global leaders accountable for impact. By building on our momentum, we can transform how the business world evolves inclusive systems. At GSK, this includes a measurable, multi-year strategic disability confidence plan and improving the accessibility of product packaging for our patients.
Our congratulations to all the companies recognized this year and may we continue to be a force for change. If you want to learn more about disability inclusion, the CDC offers a wealth of information. Read more here.