news-DEI2017Our company has been recognized as one of the best places to work for people with disabilities on the 2017 Disability Equality Index® (DEI®) Best Places to Work, joining a small league of companies with a 100/100 score.

Employee Resource Group AVID (Awareness of Visible and Invisible Disabilities) completed the DEI® Best Places to Work survey for the first time this year. The group was delighted when they received the news Whirlpool Corporation had achieved a 100/100 score. Their vision is to enable Whirlpool professionals and consumers with disabilities to reach their full potential.

news-AVID-2017-2“This recognition is an honor to receive,” said Carey Martin, VP HR and AVID Executive Sponsor. “I would like to personally thank our AVID members. Over the past two years they have been dedicated to their mission of creating a fully inclusive work environment and promoting equality for people with visible and invisible disabilities by engaging our company, our employees, and the community.”

“This survey educated and brought in more people to AVID. It brought disability awareness to every part of the company,” said Graham Forsey, AVID ERG Lead. “I think it is going to help us with continuous improvement and that’s how we’ll keep our 100/100 score.”

Top-scoring companies were recognized at the U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN) Annual Conference, “Disability: A Catalyst for Innovation” on August 23. The recognition of being a “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion” is reserved for those companies that have scored 80 or above on the DEI. The full company list can be accessed here:

About the DEI

The Disability Equality Index (DEI) brings together AAPD, the nation’s largest disability rights organization, and the USBLN, the leading national business-to-business network, to collectively advance the inclusion of people with disabilities. The organizations are complimentary and bring unique strengths that make the project relevant and credible to corporate America and the disability community.

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:

About the US Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®)

The USBLN is a national non-profit that helps business drive performance by leveraging disability inclusion in the workplace, supply chain, and marketplace. The USBLN serves as the collective voice of over 50 Business Leadership Network affiliates across the United States, representing over 5,000 businesses. Additionally, the USBLN Disability Supplier Diversity Program (DSDP) is the nation’s leading third party certification program for disability-owned businesses, including businesses owned by service-disabled veterans. Learn more at: