HPE named “Best Place to work for Disability Inclusion”
JULY 13, 2021 • BLOG POST • TOM BLACK, GM STORAGE, EXECUTIVE SPONSOR, HPE DISABILITIES NETWORK
IN THIS ARTICLE
- We have earned a 100 on the Disability Equality Index and have been named a “Best Place to work for Disability Inclusion”
- Our emphasis on inclusive practices promotes a more supportive and accepting workplace for all team members
HPE has committed to being a force for good, which includes setting an example for unconditional inclusion
At HPE, we’re committed to fostering an inclusive workplace for all team members, enabling us to make HPE a destination for the best talent while driving excellence for our customers. For the sixth year in a row, we are proud to have earned a score of 100 on the Disability Equality Index® and to be named a “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion.”
The Disability Equality Index (DEI), a joint initiative of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and Disability:IN, is a disability inclusion assessment that evaluates leading companies on their disability inclusion policies and practices. Each participating company receives a score on a scale of 0 to 100, with those earning 80 and above recognized as “Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion”. The 2021 DEI measured: Culture and Leadership; Enterprise-Wide Access; Employment Practices; Community Engagement; Supplier Diversity; and Non-U.S. Operations.
Despite earning a 100 on the DEI, we know we have more work to do. The process of building an inclusive environment requires continuous improvement and regular re-evaluation of programs based on team member input. In addition to supporting people with disabilities, our emphasis on inclusive practices promotes a more supportive and accepting workplace for all team members. As a leader in the technology industry, HPE has committed to being a force for good, including setting an example for unconditional inclusion.
As recognized by the DEI, HPE has made significant strides towards advancing inclusion in 2020. Last year, we accelerated the momentum precipitated by the launch of HPE Able in December 2019. This accommodations program was established to educate and raise awareness, simplify and improve processes, and develop capabilities that will positively impact our team members, customers, and communities. The initiative implemented many valuable programs and resources, including AskHR Able, premier IT support, and a new resource center for team members. Between the program’s launch in late 2019 and its latest evaluation in September 2020, HPE Able’s programs facilitated three accommodations and two AskHR Able requests per month, such as speak-to-type programs and low-sight computers.
Our Disabilities Network resource group also significantly expanded last year. With more new chapters than ever before, it became the fastest-growing resource group of the 2020 fiscal year. Given the dramatic variation around the globe regarding disability law, Disabilities Network offers more flexible and tailored support to team members living across the world. These chapters provide an additional layer of community support to advance HPE’s mission of making positive contributions to the communities where we live and work.
HPE has already made significant progress for inclusion in 2021. In March, the Disabilities Network hosted a listening session with Antonio Neri and other senior leaders to promote HPE’s culture of inclusivity. In May, HPE took The Valuable 500 pledge, joining other multinational brands in a pledge to hold business leaders accountable to disability inclusion in global companies. And, this week, HPE is sponsoring a session titled “ERGs and Digital Accessibility Programs: A Deep Dive” at Are You IN?, at Disability:IN’s global conference and expo.
Our greatest strength is our team members. We empower our people to make an impact on our business and in the world by advancing the way people live and work. By cultivating an inclusive environment, we foster a culture where our team members can contribute their diverse viewpoints, ideas, and backgrounds to our common goal. Learn more about HPE’s inclusive culture here.