This week, Anne Wojcicki, 23andMe’s CEO, and Co-Founder signed a letter, along with dozens of CEOs, making a commitment toward advancing equity and inclusion for employees and customers with disabilities.
The move deepened the company’s ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through participating in the Disability Equality Index. The index offers a way to gauge the company’s policies and practices for employees and customers with disabilities in the coming years.
Administered by the non-profit group, American Association of People with Disabilities and Disability:IN, the index will offer the company — and those outside the company — a benchmark assessment for measures of inclusivity for those with disabilities. It will allow 23andMe to better see how inclusive our products and working environment are for people with disabilities. The benchmarking will begin next year.
As a company that prides itself in celebrating the shared humanity of all people, diversity, equity and inclusion are at 23andMe’s core. People who feel empowered to be their authentic selves make better employees and bring broader perspectives to the work they do. That, in turn, helps the kinds of products we make and ensures that what we do serves all our customers, no matter their ability.
“The world really can change. But the world changes because there are individuals who drive forward that change,” Anne Wojcicki said in a discussion recently about why making and following through with commitments toward diversity, equity, and inclusion are so important for the company.
“And so that’s the responsibility of 23andMe as an activist brand,” she said. “We have an opportunity, and frankly a responsibility, to lead. And there is absolutely this opportunity to drive forward a different, better, and more inclusive world …we’re going to try and lead by example.”
While 23andMe has made diversity, inclusion, and equity a priority, using the index in the coming years will allow 23andMe to deepen that commitment and it will offer ways of measuring our success and identifying areas for improvement.
For more information about the Disability Equity Index go here.