ATLANTA, GA - Southern Company, a leading energy company based in Atlanta, has been named as one of the "Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion." This is their fifth consecutive award from The 2021 Disability Equality Index.
The award means Southern Company received a 100 percent score on the DEI for a strong dedication to leading disability-inclusion practices. In the last five years, the company has been listed among the top-ranked companies since DEI was established in 2015.
"Southern Company is honored to be recognized as one of the Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion. This recognition is a testament to creating an inclusive culture where every employee can reach his or her full potential," said senior vice president of Human Resources, Sloane Drake.
"We believe diversity in all forms is one of our core strengths, and we are committed to advancing disability inclusion and equality across our businesses. Many of our employee resource groups, along with our recruiting organization and supplier diversity personnel engage with the disability community through programs, education and community service," added Drake.
The DEI is a joint initiative of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AADP) and Disability:IN. Under the initiative, they give an objective assessment of the entire business practices.
The initiative aims to measure policies as well as practices on a range starting from zero to 100. Only those companies that are deemed most inclusive will be received a 100 score. Currently, the DEI is the most trusted as well as a comprehensive benchmarking tool in the nation intended for disability inclusion.
"We are so pleased to partner with 319 companies this year on the Disability Equality Index. Part of corporate commitment to disability inclusion is recognizing your stance and using it as an 'aha moment' to drive the business investments needed to scale change," said Jill Houghton, president and chief executive officer of Disability:IN.
"Inclusion and accessibility cuts across the enterprise, from cultural representation in the workforce, to technology acceleration, to incorporating supply chain diversity. These are tangible opportunities that leading companies can leverage to create sustainable impact for their business and brand," added Houghton.
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