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Building Equitable Workplaces That Include People With Disabilities

Take the Pledge to Promote Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Workplaces for People with Disabilities

2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the U.S. Department of Labor and the 15th anniversary of the formal alliance between the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and ODEP.

Why Take the Pledge?

Championing diverse, equitable and inclusive workplaces ensures HR professionals address and solve business problems while directly contributing to major long-term business objectives, including:

  • More innovative, diverse and inclusive workplaces.
  • Opportunities for Federal and state tax incentives.
  • Building a more skilled workforce.
  • Comprehensive DE&I strategies.
  • Reaching a large untapped talent pool. 

Sign the Pledge

SHRM Foundation & ODEP Resources

SHRM Foundation Resources

Employing [email protected] is part of SHRM’s commitment to offer education and resources to build inclusive workplaces. Our goal is to provide an overview and understanding for HR professionals about managing the employment lifecycle for individuals with disabilities.

ODEP Resources

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is the only non-regulatory federal agency that promotes policies and coordinates with employers and all levels of government to increase workplace success for people with disabilities.

By promoting diverse, equitable and inclusive workplaces for people with disabilities, HR professionals can lead the discussion on this critical topic and benefit from the skills and talent of workers with disabilities:


Workplace Accomodations

Nearly 60% of accommodations come at no cost to a business.

Perspectives Matter

41% of organizations have not communicated their practice or perspective regarding the employment of people with disabilities.


Hiring and Recruitment

Hiring workers with disabilities benefits firms’ bottom lines and improves shareholder values.

Advancing Equity

Studies have shown unequal levels of job loss during the pandemic for individuals with disabilities of different races and ethnicities.

Take the Pledge – Champion Inclusive Workplaces

“SHRM is proud of its long partnership with ODEP and welcomes the opportunity to deepen our commitment to increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities. This pledge is just one way our members, chapters and partners can promote inclusive workplaces where everyone can realize their full potential.”

Emily M. Dickens
Chief of Staff, Head of Government Affairs & Corporate Secretary

Celebrating 15 Years of Alliance Partnership

“We truly value our alliance with SHRM. For more than 15 years, its members have helped elevate inclusion and foster supportive workplace cultures welcoming of the skills and talents of qualified people with disabilities. At ODEP, we look forward to continuing our partnership and helping SHRM members nationwide access the resources they need to meet their disability inclusion goals.” 

Jennifer Sheehy
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Disability Employment Policy,
U.S. Department of Labor

Take the Pledge, and Signal Your Commitment to Inclusive Workplaces

People with disabilities represent the third largest market segment in the United States. Research demonstrates that hiring from this group of creative people does not just recognize untapped talent but adds value to the workplace and its bottom-line and is a proactive step to understanding and meeting this expanding customer base. Taking a pledge is your first step to signaling your commitment to diversity that includes individuals who will enrich your workforce with their different strengths and experience.”

Wendi Safstrom
Executive Director, SHRM Foundation

Learn How New Mexico SHRM’s Partnership with Best Buddies is  Promoting Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Work.

Best Buddies in New Mexico is enthused by the synergy that is formed from our SHRM connection, and we are grateful for the support we receive with starting new friendship chapters in various parts of our state as well as in securing integrated employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

Nathan Reiman, Director, State Operations & Programs at Best Buddies International

Join SHRM Chapters and State Councils Across the Country Who Have Taken the Pledge

SHRM Affiliates Taking the Inclusion Pledge

Did you take the pledge? Showcase your commitment to promoting diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplaces for people with disabilities by including SHRM’s “We’ve Signed the Pledge” sticker on your SHRM State Council/Chapter website.