Otsuka, a global leader in mental health, nephrology and digital innovation, has been recognized as a top workplace for disability inclusion by the Disability Equality Index® (DEI).

Globally, people with disabilities represent over one billion people. Disability is a natural part of the human experience, and it crosses lines of age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and religion.

DEI is the world’s most comprehensive benchmarking tool for the Fortune 1000 and Am Law 2001 to measure disability workplace inclusion against competitors. The DEI takes about 40 hours to complete each year and is completed online. It is modeled off the Corporate Equality Index that highlights LGBTQ+-inclusive workplace policies.

“All Otsuka-people are called to be diversity, equity and inclusion ambassadors by living our vision of creating an inclusive, equitable today and tomorrow for our people, patients and communities each and every day,” said Sabrina Mays-Diagne, Otsuka Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer. “Together we work to ensure an equitable workplace where people of all abilities and backgrounds – ethnic, social, religious, gender, age or disability can grow and thrive – all are welcomed and valued here.  

"There is no single best way to practice disability inclusion, however, the companies completing the Disability Equality Index share the desire to create a workplace that fosters the concept of bringing your whole self to the office," said Maria Town, President and CEO of The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). "We look forward to working with all of the participants to help identify meaningful ways to build upon their current practices as we continue on the disability inclusion journey together."

The 2022 DEI measured: Culture & Leadership; Enterprise-Wide Access; Employment Practices (Benefits, Recruitment, Employment, Education, Retention & Advancement, Accommodations); Community Engagement; Supplier Diversity; Non-U.S. Operations (Non-Weighted).

The DEI was launched in 2015 by Disability:IN and AAPD and is acknowledged today as the most robust disability inclusion assessment tool in business.

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