For over twenty
years, this publication has championed the emphasis of ability both
inside and outside of the workplace. ABILITY Magazine Best
Practices Award is designed to single out and celebrate those business
practices that have a high level of commitment to inclusion and ingenuity,
demonstrate positive results in their efforts, and possess the potential
to inspire other organizations. It is through such practices that
an organization becomes a leader in its market, improves employee
morale and strengthens community relations. This issue, we recognize
Prudential and Accenture.
is an international management consulting firm working in over 120
countriesequipping people around the world with the skills to
build successful careers. While demonstrating a strong belief in diversity
and inclusion, Accenture has also become a leader in creating global
awareness of workplace issues and providing long-term support for
employees with disabilities.
The companys goal to incorporate instrumental accommodations
such as occupational therapist consultations, larger monitors, lighter
laptops, adaptive software and Braille keyboards, is helping to cultivate
a more inclusive environment for employees with disabilities.
Accenture has also established many partnerships and programs, which
have become essential to its model for recognizing the needs of those
employees, including: Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with
Disabilities, a program which provides veterans with the skills to
start their own businesses; Access to Livelihoods, which furnishes
training and career opportunities in South Asia and the Philippines;
and, Accentures Challenged Athletes National Championship.
Accenture was named in the FORTUNE list of the 100 Best Companies
to Work For in 2012.
Inc. is one of the worlds largest financial institutions
and ranked as a top employer for diversity. Prudential is co-developer
and a lead sponsor of VETalenta program for veterans that prepares
them for IT or operations positions. After successful completion of
this ground-breaking work-study program, participants are considered
for employment at Prudential or one of its VETalent corporate partners.
Steve Pelletier, president of Prudentials group insurance business,
is the executive sponsor of the Abled and Disabled Associates Partnering
Together (ADAPT). This employee established business resource group
started as the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Network and broadened its
focus in 2002 to be inclusive of all disabilities. Its workshops include
internal and external speakers. Topics range from personal journeys
with disabilities to cutting-edge assistive technology.
In 2011, ADAPTs 10-week summer internship program for college
students and adults with disabilities placed eight individuals into
internship positions. Each year, the goal is to build on the prior
years success. In addition to placing individuals in internship
positions, several interns have successfully transitioned to full-time
Prudential was also ranked 59 in Business Week's The Best
Places to Launch a Career 2008, and is number one on the 2012
FORTUNE list of the Worlds Most Admired Companies in the Insurance:
Life and Health category.
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