PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Aramark (NYSE: ARMK), a global leader in food, facilities management and uniforms, was named one of the Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion by the 2017 Disability Equality Index® (DEI), with a top-score of 100%. This announcement came at the 2017 US Business Leadership Network® (USBLN) 20th Annual National Conference Leadership Awards dinner held on August 23.
The Disability Equality Index® is an annual benchmarking tool, first introduced in 2012, to help companies build a positive reputation while identifying opportunities for continued improvement. Companies that receive this distinction through the DEI® excel in four areas of criteria: culture & leadership, enterprise-wide access, employment practices, and community engagement & support services.
All areas of criteria are measured on a self-report that give businesses a chance to receive an objective score on a scale of zero (0) to 100 on their disability inclusion policies and practices.
"We are proud to be a top-scoring company for the Disability Equality Index® and we constantly push to make our workplace as inclusive and diverse as possible," said Lynn B. McKee, Executive Vice President of Human Resources for Aramark. "Our goal is to create a workplace culture that values and leverages our many differences, and drives innovation through inclusion among our 270,000 team members across the globe."
DEI® is a joint initiative of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and US Business Leadership Network® (USBLN) and is designed to bring awareness to disabilities inclusion policies and practices within corporate America, leading to better employment outcomes for people with disabilities as employees, customers and suppliers.
Aramark is a proud partner with the USBLN®, a national non-profit that helps business drive performance by integrating disability inclusion in the workplace, supply chain, and marketplace. The USBLN® serves as the voice of nearly 50 Business Leadership Network affiliates across the United States by representing over 5,000 businesses.
Aramark has been recognized by other notable organizations such as Human Rights Campaign, Diversity Inc., Black Enterprise Magazine, CAREERS & the disABLED Magazine and LATINO Magazine for its diversity and inclusion efforts.
To view the complete 2017 Disability Equality Index® results list, visit www.disabilityequalityindex.org/top_companies.
Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) proudly serves Fortune 500 companies, world champion sports teams, state-of-the-art healthcare providers, the world's leading educational institutions, iconic destinations and cultural attractions, and numerous municipalities in 19 countries around the world. Our 270,000 team members deliver experiences that enrich and nourish millions of lives every day through innovative services in food, facilities management and uniforms. We operate our business with social responsibility, focusing on initiatives that support our diverse workforce, advance consumer health and wellness, protect our environment, and strengthen our communities. Aramark is recognized as one of the World's Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE, as well as an employer of choice by the Human Rights Campaign and DiversityInc. Learn more at www.aramark.com or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
About the US Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®)
The USBLN is a national non-profit that helps business drive performance by leveraging disability inclusion in the workplace, supply chain, and marketplace. The USBLN serves as the collective voice of nearly 50 Business Leadership Network affiliates across the United States, representing more than 5,000 businesses. Additionally, the USBLN Disability Supplier Diversity Program® (DSDP) is the nation's leading third party certification program for disability-owned businesses, including businesses owned by service-disabled veterans. Learn more at www.usbln.org.