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L3Harris Included in 2021 Disability Equality Index

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Jul 13, 2021 | 4 MINUTE Read

L3Harris has been included in the 2021 Disability Equality Index® (DEI) and recognized as one of the Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion. The DEI is the nation’s most comprehensive annual benchmarking tool, facilitated by leading not-for-profit organizations Disability:IN and the American Association of People with Disabilities. It serves as a roadmap of measurable, tangible actions companies can take to achieve disability inclusion and equality.

L3Harris was selected as a top DEI company for scoring above the global threshold established by Disability:IN. This reflects a high level of overall performance across the index’s five pillars: company culture and leadership, enterprise-wide access, employment practices, community engagement and supplier diversity.

Companies included in the 2021 DEI have provided a comprehensive look at how they advance disability inclusion across their businesses. In the past year, L3Harris has taken the following actions both at work and in the community to support disability inclusion:

  • Expanded focus on diversity and inclusion through its CEO-led Diversity Council, which includes disability-focused Employee Resource Group, Willing & Able
  • Celebrated Disability Awareness Month in October by spotlighting employees’ achievements in articles, photo galleries and on social media
  • Hosted bi-weekly “stressbusting” sessions to help employees reduce anxiety and burnout through a variety of stress-reducing and relaxation techniques, such as guided meditation, breathwork and sound healing
  • Hosted lunch and learns addressing Mental Health and Suicide Prevention in the Workplace with the Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH)
  • Began offering counseling to all U.S. employees through Talkspace
  • Audited our company website for WCAG 2.1 AA level compliance, which ensures our content is accessible to people with a wide range of disabilities, including visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, language, learning and neurological disabilities
  • Granted over $40,000 to the Disabled Rights Action Committee in Salt Lake City, Utah and GiGi’s Playhouse in Rochester, New York as part of our Social Impact Grant. This grant was used to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to individuals with disabilities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Globally, there are more than one billion people with disabilities. A natural part of the human experience, disabilities cross lines of age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and religion. According to the Center for Talent Innovation, one in three professionals in the workplace are estimated to have a visible or invisible disability. However, less than 3% of employees report their disability due to fear of negative bias.

L3Harris is focused on creating a more inclusive environment for people with disabilities. As of 2020, 6% of L3Harris employees self-identify as having a disability. “We want to create sustainable, long-term value for all our customers and employees, which requires a workforce with a broad range of abilities, skills and experiences. Embracing disability equality and inclusion at every level is important to us because we want long-term success for our employees and L3Harris,” said Jim Girard, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer.

L3Harris aims to attract, engage and retain a high performing, diverse workforce, while also fostering a fun and casual culture of inclusion that enables employees to achieve their full potential. We empower our people – no matter their race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or veteran status – to innovate solutions that solve our customers’ toughest challenges.

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