– Airbnb received a score of 100% on the DEI for the second year in a row.
Airbnb has been recognized as the best place to work for disability inclusion in the Disability Equality Index® (DEI). We are proud to share that we received a 100% score on the DEI for the second year in a row, joining 240 companies with a top score.
The DEI was launched in 2015 by Disability:IN and the American Association of Persons with Disabilities (AAPD) and is recognized today as the most robust corporate disability inclusion assessment tool. DEI was created by the DEI Advisory Board, a diverse group of business leaders, policy experts and disability advocates. Now in its eighth year, DEI exists to help businesses have a positive impact on unemployment/underemployment for people with disabilities. In 2022, 415 companies used the DEI to benchmark their disability inclusion efforts.
Airbnb is committed to disability inclusion for its employees and its community of Hosts and Guests worldwide. While this recognition is important, we are committed to continuing our progress and improvements to ensure that our product, our community and our business are inclusive of people with disabilities. Some of our work in progress includes:
- Review and improve our company policies and practices to ensure they include employees with disabilities.
- Provide Airbnb employee training designed to strengthen the disability alliance within our company.
- Sponsorship and management support for [email protected], our resource group for employees with disabilities and their allies.
- Continue to expand our definitions of diversity to help us better understand and support our employees. In the US, and now recently launched in the UK and Ireland, employees can now voluntarily share if they identify as having a disability.
- Through our Supplier Diversity Program, connect businesses with more diverse owners (including people with disabilities) with Airbnb to provide goods and services.
- Engage with the disability community by hosting disability advisory roundtables in the United States and Europe with national and regional organizations, activists, advocates, and leaders to inform our work.
- We’re introducing updates to make it easier for travelers with disabilities to find and book accommodations and activities that meet their needs, including our Accessibility Review for Stays and Accessibility Filters for Experiences.
- As the Worldwide Paralympic Partner on a nine-year, five-Games partnership, supporting Paralympian athletes as hosts and guests on Airbnb.
- Continued membership in the Valuable 500, a movement to encourage companies to advance disability inclusion in their organization.
Globally, people with disabilities represent more than one billion people. Disability is a natural part of the human experience, and it crosses boundaries of age, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, socio- economics and religion.
“Disability inclusion is a growing aspect of corporate culture, and it is gratifying to partner with 415 companies on the 2022 Disability Equality Index,” said Jill Houghton, President and CEO of Disability:IN. “These top-rated companies not only excel in disability inclusion, but many are also embracing emerging trends and pioneering measures that can shift the disability agenda from accommodation to inclusion and , ultimately, to true belonging.”
“There is no better way to practice disability inclusion, however, companies that follow DEI share a desire to create a workplace that promotes the concept of bringing your whole being to the office,” said Maria Town, President and CEO of the AAPD. “We look forward to working with all participants to help identify meaningful ways to build on their current practices as we continue the journey of disability inclusion together.”
About the Disability Equality Index®
The Disability Equality Index (DEI) is a comprehensive benchmarking tool that helps companies establish a roadmap of measurable and tangible actions they can take to achieve inclusion and equality. equality of people with disabilities. Each company is given a score, on a scale of zero (0) to 100, and those that are 80+ are recognized as “Best Workplace for Disability Inclusion”. DEI is a joint initiative of the American Association of Persons with Disabilities (AAPD), the largest national disability rights organization, and Disability:IN, the global enterprise disability inclusion network, to collectively advancing the inclusion of people with disabilities. The organizations are complementary and bring unique strengths that make the project relevant and credible to businesses and the disability community. The tool was developed by the DEI Advisory Board, a diverse group of business leaders, policy experts and disability advocates. For more information: www.DisabilityEqualityIndex.org.
About the American Association of Persons with Disabilities (AAPD)
AAPD is a convener, connector and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power of people with disabilities. As a national disability rights organization, the AAPD advocates for full civil rights for the more than 60 million Americans with disabilities. Find out more at: www.aapd.com.
About Disability: IN®
Disability:IN is a global organization that promotes disability inclusion and equality in business. More than 400 companies partner with Disability:IN to create long-term business and social impact through the world’s most comprehensive disability inclusion benchmarking and reporting tool, the Disability Index. Disability Equality (DEI); the best conferences and programs; expert advice and engagement; and public policy leadership. Join us at handicapin.org/AreYouIN #AreYouIN
Airbnb was born in 2007 when two Hosts welcomed three guests into their San Francisco home. Since then, it has over 4 million Hosts who have welcomed over 1 billion guest arrivals in over 220 countries and regions. Every day, the Hosts offer unique stays and unique activities that allow travelers to discover the world in a more authentic and connected way. Offering hosted travel and the ability to live anywhere globally, Airbnb has become a noun and a verb and most of the traffic to our platform remains organic. We will continue to invest in innovations that expand the travel market and pave the way for making travel a way of life.
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