For the second consecutive year, Takeda has been named a Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion by Disability:In and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), this time receiving a top score of 100 for our commitments and efforts related to disability, equity and inclusion in the U.S.
Disability:IN's annual Disability Equality Index® measures a company’s commitment and efforts related to disability inclusion and equality, focusing on companies' U.S. operations. It looks at everything from culture and leadership to employment practices, community engagement, supplier diversity and more. In 2023, out of 485 participating companies, 294 received a score of 100, while 66 received a score of 90 and 45 companies received a score of 80 Companies that receive a score of 80 or better are recognized as best-in-class employers by Disability:In.
“The care and collaboration Takeda has shown to be true to its values of an inclusive organization is evident when we are able to count ourselves among top companies who have a commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion,” said Crysta Dungee, Head of U.S. DE&I.
Globally, people with disabilities represent more than one billion people. In the U.S., 26% of adults – about 61 million people – live with a disability. Disability is a natural part of the human experience, and it crosses lines of age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and religion.
“Businesses have the power to drive the global advancement of disability inclusion, and we’re thrilled to see more companies than ever leverage the Disability Equality Index to measure their progress. We recognize these top-scoring companies as a ‘Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion’ for their passion and efforts to lead the way in creating greater equity for people with disabilities in the workplace, marketplace, and supply chain,” said Jill Houghton, President and CEO of Disability:IN.
In 2022, Takeda applied for the certification for the first time and received a score of 90, noting strengths in benefits plans and programs and supplier diversity (which includes supporting disability-owned businesses). Also recognized as a strength has been the advocacy of EnAbles which is one of 11 Takeda Resource Groups (TRGs) in the U.S. and envisions an accessible workplace where all have the opportunity to realize their potential, unencumbered by barriers.
While those all continued to be areas of strength for Takeda this year, the jump to a top score of 100 in 2023 was driven primarily by improvements in the company’s journey to improve and enhance digital accessibility and efforts to make technology, tools and platforms more accessible and inclusive, such as:
• Refining our new Takeda.com experience with accessibility enhancements that increased our digital accessibility score by over 30%
• Using AI-generated live captions within virtual meetings
"These top-scoring companies understand deeply that people with disabilities represent a tremendous source of talent and innovation for their workforce and market share for their brands, and they are trailblazers in our journey towards full disability inclusion in business.” added Maria Town, President and CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), which is a convener, connector, and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power for people with disabilities. AAPD partners with Disbility:IN on its annual Disability Equality Index report.
To learn more about our DE&I efforts, please visit https://jobs.takeda.com/diversity
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