Company again received a top score on the Disability Equality
LOUIS, July 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- For the
eighth year in a row, Ameren Corporation (NYSE: AEE) has earned a
100 score on the Disability Equality Index, recognizing its
programs and policies that promote inclusion for Ameren employees,
customers and suppliers with disabilities.
The Disability Equality Index is the world's most comprehensive
benchmarking tool for Fortune 1000 companies to measure disability
workplace inclusion. It tracks how a company promotes inclusivity
for those with disabilities with regard to culture and leadership,
access, benefits, recruitment, employment, education, retention and
advancement, accommodations, community engagement and supplier
"We know that a culture that truly values diversity and fosters
equity and inclusion is critical to our ability to fulfill our
mission – to power the quality of life for our customers and in our
communities," said Gwen
Mizell, vice president and chief sustainability and
diversity officer at Ameren. "We are intentional about providing
opportunities that enable all our co-workers to grow and develop in
their careers at Ameren."
Ameren has several programs in place to create a successful work
environment for employees with disabilities, as well as support
those with disabilities in the community:
- An employee resource group, Powering Connections for All
Abilities (PCAA), to support fellow employees with disabilities and
help advise the company on accommodations.
- Partnership with Starkloff Disability Institute to provide
educational programming and advise on inclusivity at Ameren.
- Collaboration with Cool Down St. Louis to provide free air
conditioners to community members with disabilities.
In addition, the company seeks advice from co-workers when
considering updates to their facilities. This includes input from
Andrew Niebrugge, supervisor,
Engineering Support at Ameren Illinois, who was paralyzed in an
accident when he was 16 years old.
"When I was first hired at Ameren, I felt like I instantly
belonged here," said Niebrugge. "They invited me to come into
the location and had me go around and point out things that may
need to change for my needs, and before we got into this building,
it all was done, and I was able to roam around freely. I've always
felt included here at Ameren. I've always been treated like the
person next to me."
In 2022, 415 corporations completed the Disability Equality
Index. Each company received a score, on a scale of zero to 100,
with those earning 80 and above recognized as a "Best Place to Work
for Disability Inclusion." Ameren has earned this distinction for
the last eight years.
"There is no single best way to practice disability inclusion,
however, the companies participating in the DEI survey, 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. "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."
About the Disability Equality
The Disability Equality Index (DEI)
is a comprehensive benchmarking tool that helps companies build a
roadmap of measurable, tangible actions that they can take to
achieve disability inclusion and equality. Each company receives a
score, on a scale of zero (0) to 100, with those earning 80 and
above recognized as a "Best Place to Work for Disability
The DEI is a joint initiative of the American Association of
People with Disabilities (AAPD), the nation's largest disability
rights organization, and Disability:IN, the global business
disability inclusion network, to collectively advance the inclusion
of people with disabilities. The organizations are complementary
and bring unique strengths that make the project relevant and
credible to corporations and the disability community. The DEI
Advisory Committee, a diverse group of business leaders, policy
experts, and disability advocates, developed the Disability
Equality Index. Learn more at: www.DisabilityEqualityIndex.org.
Opportunities at Ameren
Ameren is an industry-leading and innovative Fortune 500 company
that is a vital part of the communities it serves, building a
sustainable energy future for generations to come. Ameren currently
has more than 700 open positions in Missouri and Illinois, including opportunities in IT,
supply chain, human resources, skilled craft and engineering. Learn
more about Ameren's job openings and comprehensive total rewards
package at Ameren.com/Careers.
About Ameren Corporation
Louis-based Ameren Corporation powers the quality of life
for 2.4 million electric customers and more than 900,000 natural
gas customers in a 64,000-square-mile area through its Ameren
Missouri and Ameren Illinois rate-regulated utility subsidiaries.
Ameren Illinois provides electric transmission and distribution
service and natural gas distribution service. Ameren Missouri
provides electric generation, transmission and distribution
services, as well as natural gas distribution service. Ameren
Transmission Company of Illinois
operates a rate-regulated electric transmission business in the
Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. For more
information, visit Ameren.com, or follow us on Twitter at
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