RIVERWOODS, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--For the second consecutive year, Discover is recognized as a 2022 Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion and has earned a 100 percent score on the Disability Equality Index.
The Disability Equality Index was launched in 2015 by Disability:IN and The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). Now in its eighth year, the DEI exists to help businesses make a positive impact on the unemployment/underemployment of people with disabilities. In 2022, 415 corporations, including Discover, utilized the DEI to benchmark their disability inclusion efforts.
“Inclusion is valuing the differences each of us can bring to Discover,” said Jonita Wilson, chief diversity officer at Discover. “When we bring our authentic selves to work, we give others permission to do the same and further create a culture that is strengthened by our differences.”
Discover has nine Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), which play a significant role in upholding Discover’s pillars to sustain a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace. The ERGs contribute to each pillar by providing access, opportunity, and exposure for our diverse employee populations.
In partnership with our Employee Resource Groups, Discover provides education, support, and resources for our neurodivergent talent and talent with disabilities. Below are a few examples of what Discover has done to raise awareness of disabilities:
- Neurodiversity Hiring Program – Discover has launched a hiring program to increase neurodiversity in its workforce. The goal of the program is to deliver sustainable solutions for attracting, hiring, retaining and supporting qualified talent while continuing to diversify Discover’s talent ecosystem.
- Employee Experiences – What Drives You to Succeed at Discover – Discover hosted a panel consisting of employees with varying abilities, allowing them to share their personal story of challenges they have overcome.
- Universal Design & Creating Accessible Experiences – Discover led an event to discuss universal design and how it addresses accessibility for Discover’s customers. Discover also has a Universal Design Advisory Board to review projects and initiatives for accessibility.
- Intersectionality & Disability – Discover hosted a session exploring through personal stories and videos how disabilities and mental health intersect.
- Why Accessibility Matters – Moving Beyond Accommodations – Discover discussed the fundamental differences between simply providing reasonable accommodations and cultivating equitable, inclusive and accessible environments that benefit not only Deaf and hard of hearing employees and customers, but everyone that interfaces with the organization.
"There is no single best way to practice disability inclusion, however, the companies taking the Disability Equality Index share the desire to create a workplace that fosters the concept of bringing your whole self to the office," said Maria Town, President and CEO of AAPD. "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."
For more information about Discover’s culture, diversity efforts and benefits, visit https://jobs.discover.com/who-we-are/diversity-equity-and-inclusion/.
For more information on the 2022 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.
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.
Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) is a digital banking and payment services company with one of the most recognized brands in U.S. financial services. Since its inception in 1986, the company has become one of the largest card issuers in the United States. The company issues the Discover® card, America's cash rewards pioneer, and offers private student loans, personal loans, home loans, checking and savings accounts and certificates of deposit through its banking business. It operates the Discover Global Network® comprised of Discover Network, with millions of merchants and cash access locations; PULSE®, one of the nation's leading ATM/debit networks; and Diners Club International®, a global payments network with acceptance around the world. For more information, visit www.discover.com/company.