American Water recently announced that it has been recognized as a top-scoring company on the Disability Equality Index (DEI)
, the most comprehensive disability inclusion assessment tool designed and embraced by both business leaders and disability advocates.
This year, 180 businesses participated in the DEI, and American Water’s top score of 100 percent earned the recognition of “Best Places to Work for
Disability Inclusion.” The inclusion criteria measured culture and leadership, enterprise-wide access, employment practices, community engagement,
and supplier diversity.
“At American Water, we embrace and value the fact that we’re beautifully different, through our varying abilities, strengths, experiences and
viewpoints,” said President and CEO Susan Story. “By fostering an inclusive and diverse environment in the workplace, we all play a role in making
American Water a physically and emotionally safe place for our employees to do what they do best – serving customers and communities with safe,
clean, reliable and affordable water and wastewater services. We are proud to be recognized for our inclusion and diversity practices and as an ally to
those with different abilities.”
Diversity and inclusion is just one of the areas in American Water’s journey to be an industry leader across environmental, social and governance
(ESG) factors. American Water’s values and strategy are focused on making a positive impact for employees and all of the communities the company
The DEI was developed by two national leaders, American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and Disability:IN, in consultation with the
appointed DEI Advisory Committee, a diverse group of experts in business, policy, and disability advocacy.
“The DEI helps companies measure their own progress on disability inclusion and challenges them to improve their policies and practices – not just
because it’s the right thing to do, but also because it’s also good for business,” said Ted Kennedy, Jr., bone cancer survivor, amputee and Board Chair
of AAPD. “Research shows that companies that champion disability inclusion significantly outperform their peers across key financial indices including
revenue, net income, profit margins and shareholder returns. AAPD is truly impressed by this year’s DEI participation and we’re proud to collaborate
with the business community to prioritize industry-wide disability inclusion practices.”
American Water representatives were in attendance at this year’s Disability:IN annual conference, for recognition on stage during the Inclusion Awards
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 crossdisability
rights organization AAPD advocates for full civil rights for the 50+ million Americans with disabilities. Learn more at: www.aapd.com
Disability:IN, formerly known as the US Business Leadership Network, is the leading nonprofit resource for business disability inclusion worldwide.
Partnering with more than 180 corporations, Disability:IN expands opportunities for people with disabilities across enterprises. The organization and
50 affiliates raise a collective voice of positive change for people with disabilities in business. Through its programs and services, Disability:IN
empowers businesses to achieve disability inclusion and equality, with the goal of advancing inclusion to the point when the organization is no longer