Disability:IN and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) have named CSX a “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion” for the third consecutive year.
CSX was one of 272 companies (download list below) to earn the designation due to a score of 80 or above (on a scale of zero to 100) on the Disability Equality Index (DEI), an annual U.S. benchmarking tool. There were a total of 319 applicants in 2021. An independent panel scored companies based on their self-reported inclusion practices, policies and hiring commitments for people with disabilities during calendar year 2020, according to Disability:IN and AAPD.
All the applicants “are investing the time and resources to build inclusive programs and policies” across the areas of culture and leadership; enterprise-wide access; employment practices (e.g., benefits, recruitment, employment, education, retention and advancement, accommodations); community engagement; supplier diversity; and non-U.S. operations (if applicable), Disability:IN and AAPD said.
Among the other companies earning “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion” recognition are Booz Allen Hamilton, Cummins Inc., DuPont, Ford Motor Company, Jacobs, Lockheed Martin, Merck, and Siemens Corp.
“We are honored to be recognized once again as a ‘Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion,’” said Stephanie Noel, CSX Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Diversity Officer. “Our goal is to create a workplace that is accessible and welcoming where all employees can thrive and share their talent. This recognition shows our dedication to best practices and the work of our employees who are the foundation of our diverse and inclusive culture. We believe the more perspectives we can bring to the table, the better our results will be as an organization and in the communities where we live and serve.”
AAPD and Disability:IN noted that a score of 100 does not convey “perfection.” They said they “recognize that there is no one ‘right way’ to practice inclusion, and that some practices may be more practical for some companies or industries than others. A score of 100 on the DEI simply means that a company adheres to many of the numerous leading disability inclusion practices featured in the DEI.”