Freddie Mac received the top score of 100 percent on the 2018 Disability Equality Index and is honored to be named a "Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion" for truly prioritizing the inclusion of people with disabilities. Freddie Mac was recognized alongside 145 other companies. This is the fourth year in a row that Freddie Mac has been awarded this distinction.
"We are proud to be honored, once again, as a top–scoring company on the Disability Equality Index," said Dominica Groom, vice president of diversity and inclusion at Freddie Mac. "Just as our mission is to 'Make Home Possible' for millions of Americans, we are also committed to 'making work possible' for employees, suppliers and community members with disabilities. We believe that the best workplace is a diverse workplace — one that is inclusive and supportive of all people from all walks of life. We value the insights, innovation and different perspectives that derive from those within the disability community and remain deeply committed to supporting these individuals."
The DEI is a joint initiative between American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and the U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN), designed by disability advocates and business leaders as the nation's most trusted comprehensive benchmarking tool for disability inclusion. The Index measures key performance indicators across organizational culture, leadership, accessibility, employment, community engagement, support services and supplier diversity.
Freddie Mac's commitment to disability inclusion is shown by its streamlined job accommodation process for current and prospective employees. All Freddie Mac employees can request job accommodations, such as sit–to–stand desks, closed captioning and a change in working hours. The company is also dedicated to providing all individuals the opportunity to be successful in finding a job at Freddie Mac by providing accommodations for the job application or interview process.
Freddie Mac also has an active employee resource group dedicated to sharing disability and elder care resources with its employees and creating opportunities to expand its workforce by valuing people of all abilities. In addition, Freddie Mac makes a concerted effort to partner with certified disability–owned businesses and certified veteran–owned, service–disabled businesses through its supplier diversity program.
"In order to receive a top score in the DEI, you need to be fully committed to the inclusion of people with disabilities," said Groom. "Our Autism Internship Program, mental health outreach, partnerships with disability–owned and service–disabled businesses, and partnerships with disability–focused organizations (i.e. Easterseals and Pathway Homes, Inc). shows that Freddie Mac takes inclusion to heart. It helps make us a better company."
"We applaud those companies that choose to take the DEI survey year after year and truly commit to advancing disability inclusion," said Jill Houghton, President and CEO of USBLN. "Although we are far from true inclusion of people with disabilities across the enterprise, the DEI signals corporate America is recognizing inclusion as a competitive edge and beneficial for all."
The DEI serves as the nation's most trusted annual benchmarking tool allowing America's leading corporations to self–report their disability policies and practices. This evolving tool scores each corporation on a scale from 0 to 100, with top scorers (80 and above) recognized as "Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion." The benchmark was developed by the two national leaders in consultation with the appointed DEI Advisory Committee, a diverse and voluntary group of experts in business, policy and disability advocacy.