We are proud to announce that we have been named a 2022 Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion by the Disability Equality Index (DEI).
Gartner is proud to share that we have received a 100 out of 100 on the Disability Equality Index (DEI) which reflects our ongoing commitment to making the workplace more inclusive. We support associates of all abilities and are committed to creating a place where individuals impacted by a disability, neurodiversity, and chronic or mental illness can thrive.
The DEI is a comprehensive benchmarking tool that helps companies build a roadmap of measurable, tangible actions that they can take to achieve disability inclusion and equality. Each company receives a score, on a scale of zero (0) to 100, with those earning 80 and above recognized as a “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion.”
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 tool was developed by the DEI Advisory Committee, a diverse group of business leaders, policy experts, and disability advocates.
In 2022, 415 corporations utilized the DEI to benchmark their disability inclusion efforts. The 2022 DEI measured: Culture & Leadership; Enterprise-Wide Access; Employment Practices (Benefits, Recruitment, Employment, Education, Retention & Advancement, Accommodations); Community Engagement; Supplier Diversity; Non-U.S. Operations (NonWeighted). In 2022, the DEI included new non-weighted Leadership questions about including disability in corporate board diversity criteria.
In 2022, Gartner’s Collective Abilities Network (CAN) employee resource group (ERG) helped make a major impact in the lives of our associates, despite being a new ERG founded in July 2021. Laura Spillane, one of the chairs of the ERG shared the following about their progress thus far:
“Personally, Gartner’s culture has enabled me to be my best self from the moment I got here. I was immediately treated as an expert in my field: seen for my abilities and strengths and not my disabilities. Gartner’s focus on knowing that if we do the right thing great results will follow, led me to push for the creation of the Collective Abilities Network or CAN. I am thrilled that we received a score of 100 on the Disability Equality Index once again. There is always more to do but a flourishing ERG, tremendous leadership support and this amazing award sure is a fantastic place to start!” – Laura Spillane, Vice President Professional Development, Collective Abilities Network Chair
In addition to making an organization-wide impact, the ERG and community also made a personal impact in the lives of many associates. For instance, Tom Foster, VP Team Manager joined our Collective Abilities Network and noticed a post from a colleague about a program at a local University for adults with disabilities who are interested in enhancing their education. Tom discussed the opportunity with his son who decided to apply and was accepted into the program to pursue a certificate in Community Employment. Tom shared that his son always dreamed of attending college and with a bit of help from the Collective Abilities Network, that dream is now a reality.
We are incredibly impressed and proud of the work that the CAN ERG has accomplished in just one year and are looking forward to making even more progress.