NEW YORK, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- JCPenney received the 1997 Corporate
Citizenship Award from the National Organization on Disability (N.O.D.) today
at the Merrill Lynch World Headquarters in New York City. Christopher Reeve,
Vice Chairman of the National Organization on Disability praised JCPenney at
In presenting the award, Alan A. Reich, President of N.O.D. recognized
JCPenney for its commitment to people with disabilities. He noted that
JCPenney stores nationwide not only meet the requirements of the Americans
with Disabilities Act, but in many cases exceed them. The company actively
recruits and hires people with disabilities at all levels.
JCPenney provides ongoing training for its employees to ensure that
customers with disabilities receive the accommodation and assistance they
need. The company publishes a special needs catalogue and features people
with disabilities in national advertising campaigns. Moreover, the company
encourages all employees to volunteer. "The National Organization on
Disability -- on behalf of 49 million Americans with disabilities -- proudly
presents the 1997 Corporate Citizenship Award to one of America's foremost
corporate citizens -- The JCPenney Company," said Mr. Reich.
Mr. James Oesterreicher, Chairman and CEO of JCPenney received the award
on behalf of the company. "JCPenney is very proud to be associated with the
National Organization on Disability and to do what we can, as a company, to
promote their mission," said Mr. Oesterreicher.
"My N.O.D. colleagues and I are grateful for the support and commitment of
corporate America that is enabling so many people with disabilities to lead
full and productive lives. We are proud that JCPenney is setting the pace for
our N.0.D. CEO Council of over 20O companies and for the nation's entire
corporate community," said Mr. Reeve.
"JCPenney embraces our N.O.D. philosophy that it is ability, not
disability that counts in a job -- and in life," stated Michael R. Deland,
Chairman of the National Organization on Disability at the award luncheon.
"JCPenney has recognized that people with disabilities -- our nation's largest
minority -- are potential customers and employees. As a company, JCPenney has
benefited from this healthy attitude and is a model for other companies,"
stated Mr. Deland.
Former President George Bush, who is N.0.D. Honorary Chairman, wrote to
Mr. Oesterreicher congratulating JCPenney on winning this N.O.D. award. In
his letter, read at the ceremony, he stated, "It is essential that our
nation's top business leaders signal their personal concern for opening
opportunities for employees and customers with disabilities."
The National Organization on Disability, headquartered in Washington, DC,
promotes the acceptance and full participation of America's 49 million men,
women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life. Founded in 1982,
N.O.D. is the only nationwide network organization that is concerned with all
disabilities, all age groups and all disability issues. N.O.D. involves
people with and without disabilities in carrying out its programs. N.O.D. is
supported entirely by private contributions from individuals, companies and
foundations and accepts no government funding.
SOURCE National Organization on Disability