New York, NY (July 13, 2021) – Epstein Becker Green (“EBG”) is pleased to announce that it has received another high qualifying score on the Disability Equality Index® (“DEI”), the leading nonprofit resource for business disability inclusion worldwide, strengthening EBG’s commitment to bringing our clients a diverse team of attorneys and professionals. This 2021 qualifying score of 90 is the firm’s second consecutive year of DEI recognition.
The DEI, a joint initiative of the American Association of People with Disabilities (“AAPD”) and Disability:IN, is a comprehensive disability inclusion assessment tool that allows leading businesses to self-report their disability practices and policies. Celebrated by business leaders and disability advocates alike, the DEI seeks to advance the best practices that should be expected of all large employers. Of the 272 businesses to qualify in 2021 with DEI scores of 80 or above, EBG is one of only 3 law firms on the list to receive a score of 90 or better.
“As we continue to strive towards comprehensive inclusivity in our working environments, we appreciate this recognition of our ongoing efforts to ensure that EBG employees of all abilities feel comfortable, meaningfully engaged, and supported,” said James Flynn, EBG’s Managing Director. “Completing the DEI each year is instrumental in benchmarking our progress and providing insight into where our disability initiatives can still improve.”
“As an attorney with a disability at Epstein Becker Green, I am proud to know that our firm is truly committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, including recruiting and promoting lawyers and support staff with disabilities. EBG is one of the very few law firms that has attained the distinction as a leading place to work for disability equality and inclusion. EBG knows that creating a culture of inclusion is not just the right thing to do, but leads to better financial performance, employee loyalty, workplace pride and creativity. We look forward to sharing our own journey, progress, best practices and action steps with our peers and clients so that they can benefit from our experience,” said Ted Kennedy, Jr., EBG Member of the Firm, Co-Chair, Disability Equality Index, and AAPD Board Chair.
“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. 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,” said Jill Houghton, President & Chief Executive Officer, Disability:IN.
“The Disability Equality Index shines a spotlight on companies that believe they have a stake in creating a more equitable society for people with disabilities. It is a conduit for our work championing disability rights for the 60 million Americans with disabilities and knocking down barriers to employment, technology and healthcare, and we're thrilled to see the progress being made today,” said Maria Town, President and CEO of AAPD.
Mr. Kennedy has been an active leader in the movement to expand opportunities for persons with disabilities, and, in June 2017, was elected Chair of the Board of the AAPD.
About Epstein Becker Green
Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., is a national law firm with a primary focus on health care and life sciences; employment, labor, and workforce management; and litigation and business disputes. Founded in 1973 as an industry-focused firm, Epstein Becker Green has decades of experience serving clients in health care, financial services, retail, hospitality, and technology, among other industries, representing entities from startups to Fortune 100 companies. Operating in locations throughout the United States and supporting domestic and multinational clients, the firm’s attorneys are committed to uncompromising client service and legal excellence. For more information, visit www.ebglaw.com.
About the Disability Equality Index®
The Disability Equality Index (DEI) is a comprehensive benchmarking tool that helps companies build a roadmap of measurable, tangible actions that they can take to achieve disability inclusion and equality. Each company receives a score, on a scale of zero (0) to 100, with those earning 80 and above recognized as a “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion.”
The DEI is a joint initiative of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the nation’s largest disability rights organization, and Disability:IN, the global business disability inclusion network, to collectively advance the inclusion of people with disabilities. The organizations are complementary and bring unique strengths that make the project relevant and credible to corporations and the disability community. The tool was developed by the DEI Advisory Committee, a diverse group of business leaders, policy experts, and disability advocates. Learn more at: www.DisabilityEqualityIndex.org.
About the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
AAPD is a convener, connector, and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power for people with disabilities. As a national cross-disability rights organization AAPD advocates for full civil rights for the 50+ million Americans with disabilities. Learn more at: www.aapd.com.
Disability:IN is a global organization driving disability inclusion and equality in business. More than 270 corporations trust Disability:IN to activate and achieve disability inclusion across their enterprise and in the broader corporate mainstream. Through the world’s most comprehensive disability inclusion benchmarking; best-in-class conferences and programs; and expert counsel and engagement, Disability:IN works with leading businesses to create long-term business and societal impact. Join us at disabilityin.org/AreYouIN #AreYouIN.