The U.S. Department of Labor is committed to ensuring America’s workforce is driven by the skills and talents of all people. Many federal contractors – those who do business with the federal government – also have the responsibility to take proactive steps to recruit, hire, retain, and advance qualified people with disabilities under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act.
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and the Office of Disability Employment Policy have partnered to create the Excellence in Disability Inclusion (EDI) Award to recognize federal contractors who excel in meeting their responsibilities under Section 503 and exemplify the spirit of disability inclusion.
2019 EDI Award Winners
CVS Health and PepsiCo received the Gold Award for the inaugural EDI Award program. The Gold Award is the highest level of achievement under this program. CVS Health was recognized for its many efforts, including its “Abilities in Abundance” program, which provides training to people with disabilities to compete for a wide range of positions within the organization. PepsiCo won for its “Pepsi Achieving Change Together (PepsiACT),” a formal partnership between Pepsi and Disability Solutions @ Ability Beyond, a nonprofit specializing in corporate disability recruiting programs. In the year ahead, CVS Health and PepsiCo will participate in a “Year of Engagement” program to share their best practices and encourage other employers to adopt them.