Are You IN? 2021 Disability Annual Conference

Virtual Conference (ET)

Edward M. Kennedy, Jr., Member of the Firm, will participate in three sessions at the "Are You IN? 2021 Disability Annual Conference," hosted by Disability:IN, which runs from July 12 to 15.

Opening Plenary: Are You IN?

Mr. Kennedy will join the panel discussing the role we play in building an inclusive global economy. Now, more than ever corporations, CEOs, investors and the community have a responsibility to advance disability inclusion and equality around the globe. Join the Disability:IN global movement and demonstrate your commitment to advancing disability inclusion and equality for all. Are You IN?

Disability:IN Inclusion Awards and DEI Top-Scoring Company Awards

Disability:IN will announce the winners of the 2021 Inclusion Awards and unveil the Disability Equality Index 2021 top-scoring companies.

Disability Inclusion as a Strategic ESG Issue

This session will convene leading pension funds, asset managers, investment officers, corporate executives, and ESG professionals to advance the concept of disability inclusion as a new measure of sustainability and corporate accountability.

Despite current civil rights laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), people with disabilities continue to experience extreme inequality, low labor force participation and significant barriers to economic independence. There exists overwhelming evidence that disability inclusion actually leads to better business performance and superior shareholder returns, according to Accenture’s report, “Getting to Equal: The Disability Inclusion Advantage.”

Consumer awareness, corporate accountability and shareholder engagement have now emerged as a concerted strategy for the nation’s leading disability rights organizations. A growing coalition comprising many of the world’s largest institutional investors and pension funds, currently representing $3 Trillion, have signed a Joint Investor Statement, calling on companies to participate in the Disability Equality Index to measure, benchmark and publicly disclose their strategies for disability inclusion.

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