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- Brown and Caldwell (BC) earns a score of 100 on the Disability Equality Index and has been named a 2022 Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion.
- This score reflects a company-wide commitment to celebrating the individuality and unique strengths of our employee owners—and a firm belief that a culture of inclusion drives innovation.
BC is recognized as a “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion” by earning a top score on the 2022 Disability Equality Index® (DEI) for the second year in a row.
The DEI measures a wide range of criteria across six categories, from our culture and leadership, to enterprise-wide accessibility and employment practices, to diversity among suppliers. In 2022, 415 corporations utilized the DEI to benchmark their disability inclusion efforts. Of those participants, 240 companies received a score of 100, including BC.
BC’s DEI score reflects a company-wide commitment to celebrating, accepting, and embracing the individuality and unique strengths of our employee owners. As a professional service company, we are continually helping clients to push the boundaries of what is possible. Sparking innovation through a team of diverse and authentic perspectives, backgrounds, and abilities is one way we achieve the future of water for our clients and communities. Our commitment to inclusive behavior drives extraordinary performance outcomes and enables our reputation to be the Company of Choice for our employees and clients alike.
“This recognition speaks to our progress and aspirations for inclusion for all abilities.”
Andrea Hall, BC Senior Director of Diversity & Inclusion
In 2021, BC began partnering with Disability:IN to advocate for the inclusion of people with disabilities within the business community and our workplace. As part of this partnership, BC is committing to leveraging the DEI, which serves as a benchmarking tool that helps us set measurable actions to achieve disability inclusion and equality. The DEI takes about 40 hours to complete annually online. It is modeled off the Corporate Equality Index that highlights LGBTQ-inclusive workplace policies..
“There is no single best way to practice disability inclusion, however, the companies taking the DEI share the desire to create a workplace that fosters the concept of bringing your whole self to the office. We look forward to working with all of the participants to help identify meaningful ways to build upon their current practices as we continue on the disability inclusion journey together.”
Maria Town, President and CEO of AAPD
This recognition for the second year in a row, is a testament to the access, momentum, and culture of inclusion BC is building within the water industry. While there is more work to do, the top DEI score of 100 reflects our commitment to being a part of positive change towards more inclusive water and environmental workplaces for engineers, scientists, consultants, and constructors.
About the Disability Equality Index®
The DEI is a joint initiative of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the nation’s largest disability rights organization, and Disability:IN, the global business disability inclusion network, to collectively advance the inclusion of people with disabilities. The organizations are complementary and bring unique strengths that make the project relevant and credible to corporations and the disability community. The tool was developed by the DEI Advisory Committee, a diverse group of business leaders, policy experts, and disability advocates Launched in 2015, the DEI is acknowledged as the most robust disability inclusion assessment tool in business.
About the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
AAPD is a convener, connector, and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power for people with disabilities. As a national cross-disability rights organization AAPD advocates for full civil rights for the 60+ million Americans with disabilities. Learn more at: www.aapd.com.
Disability:IN is a global organization driving disability inclusion and equality in business. More than 400 corporations partner with Disability:IN to create long-term business and social impact through the world’s most comprehensive disability inclusion benchmarking and reporting tool, the Disability Equality Index (DEI); best-in-class conferences and programs; expert counsel and engagement; and public policy leadership. Join us at disabilityin.org/AreYouIN #AreYouIN.