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VMware Earns Top Score on Disability:IN’s 2022 Disability Equality Index

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July 26 marks the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ― an important civil rights law that works to ensure all people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. At VMware, we believe that technology plays a critical role in building a digital future that is equitable, accessible and inclusive.

For putting this commitment into action, VMware received a top score on the 2022 Disability Equality Index® (DEI) and has been recognized as a “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion” by Disability:IN. Of 415 participants, 335 companies scored 80 or above, with VMware earning a score of 100.

The Disability Equality Index® (DEI) is the world’s most comprehensive benchmarking tool for the Fortune 1000 and Am Law 200 to measure disability workplace inclusion against competitors. Now in its eighth year, the DEI exists to help businesses make a positive impact on the unemployment and underemployment of people with disabilities.

In the picture: Global POD Leader of the Disability@VMware Power of Difference (POD) community, Rachel Hodgson was in attendance at the 2022 Disability:IN conference held in Dallas, Texas. “Thank you for recognizing VMware’s commitment in action to create a welcoming, inclusive workplace for employees of all abilities.”

“We’re proud to be recognized for VMware’s commitment in action to create a welcoming, inclusive workplace for employees of all abilities,” said Rachel Hodgson, Global POD Leader of the Disability@VMware Power of Difference (POD) community. “We also realize that we’re still a long way from true representation, and we’re continuing to do more work to make VMware a great place to work for all, including those with disabilities. We understand creating a more inclusive workplace – and encouraging others to do the same – requires sustained effort and greater integration of accessibility into our products, services and culture.”

“Disability inclusion is a rapidly expanding aspect of corporate culture, and it’s gratifying to partner with 415 companies on the 2022 Disability Equality Index,” said Jill Houghton, President and CEO of Disability:IN. “These top-scoring companies not only excel in disability inclusion, but many are also adopting emerging trends and pioneering measures that can move the disability agenda from accommodation to inclusion and ultimately, genuine belonging."

The DEI is a joint initiative between Disability:IN and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and is acknowledged today as the most robust disability-inclusion assessment tool in business. It measures Culture & Leadership; Enterprise-Wide Access; Employment Practices (Benefits, Recruitment, Employment, Education, Retention & Advancement, Accommodations); Community Engagement; Supplier Diversity; Non-U.S. Operations (Non-Weighted).

VMware is striving to create a welcoming and inclusive workplace for employees of all abilities. Our goal is to foster a culture where everyone feels empowered by their unique talents and to work towards advancing VMware’s dialogue and progress on disability inclusion, accommodation strategies as well as physical and technological accessibility.

VMware believes that technology will play a critical role in building an equitable, accessible, and inclusive digital future for all. Our CEO, Raghu Raghuram, has committed to building disability inclusion into VMware’s leadership agenda as we join the Valuable 500. We are now part of a global business collective that is igniting systemic change and unlocking the business, social and economic value of more than 1 billion people with disabilities around the world.

Through our 2030 Agenda, VMware is building a more sustainable, equitable and secure future for all by embedding Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) into everything we do, throughout our technology strategy, business model and culture.  As part of this agenda, we are redefining the workplace of the future through initiatives that include our DEI efforts. Learn more about DEI and ESG at VMware.

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