Meet Disability: IN
Get to Know Foodbuy’s Newest Partner
Foodbuy’s network is always expanding – especially when it comes to diversity and inclusion. That’s why we’ve recently begun a partnership with Disability:IN. This organization works with over 400 companies providing resources and education on making work environments more inclusive for those with disabilities. Read on to learn more about this exciting update.
Who Is Disability:IN?
Disability:IN’s purpose is to build equitable and inclusive businesses for all. Currently, people with disabilities have a 32.8% labor force participation rate compared to 77.1% for those without disabilities. This is even though many people with physical and invisible disabilities can be valuable employees. That’s why this nonprofit organization seeks to help businesses build workplaces where people with disabilities can participate meaningfully and fully.
Originally known as the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN), Disability:IN provides a wide range of resources for companies, including consulting services, educational materials, and connection events. Their Inclusion Works program for corporations has especially impressive results, “Inclusion Works companies improved their Disability Equality Index (DEI) scores, from an average of 68% in 2015 to an average of 93% in 2020.”
Beyond that, the group engages in global initiatives to further equality within the professional sphere.
What Does This Mean for Foodbuy?
From supplier diversity initiatives to sustainability practices, the team at Foodbuy takes corporate social responsibility seriously. That’s why connecting with Disability:IN was an obvious choice. This collaboration is designed to educate our team on the best practices for working with diverse businesses – specifically those with differently abled owners and employees.
Furthermore, this partnership allows our Supplier Diversity team to connect with disability-owned businesses, including service-disability- and veteran-disability-owned businesses. Disability:IN offers business certifications and mentorship programs for these businesses alongside various networking efforts by their Procurement Council. All of this helps Foodbuy to connect and collaborate with suppliers more easily than ever.
A More Accessible Future
Workplace diversity and inclusion in the United States has a long way to go. The Foodbuy team wants to be part of the progress. To learn more about Disability: IN visit their website today.