Company achieves 90 percent score in its first year applying for this designation
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has been named a Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion by the Disability Equality Index (DEI). This designation is awarded only to companies achieving an 80 percent and above score.
The DEI is the nation’s most comprehensive benchmarking tool for disability workplace inclusion and measures companies on criteria like culture and leadership, enterprise-wide access, employment practices, and more. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the DEI was modernized to include questions about innovative technology to advance digital and remote accessibility, mental wellness benefits, and flexible work options. This is the first year that BlueCross has applied for this recognition, receiving a 90 percent out of a possible 100 percent score.
BlueCross was recognized for supporting individuals with disabilities through its employee benefits and human resources policies and procedures, meeting accessibility standards with our customer-facing digital content and offering high school students who have intellectual and learning disabilities internship opportunities through Project SEARCH. The company’s Valued Abilities Employee Resource Group (ERG), which serves as a resource for employees with disabilities, their family members and colleagues, was also noted.
“Recognition like this happens because BlueCross embeds diversity and inclusion in our everyday work, company-wide,” said Ron Harris, vice president of corporate workforce diversity. “We will continue to deliver on this promise to our employees and members.”
In addition to being named a Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion, BlueCross has been recognized by Forbes as one of the country’s 2021 Best Employers for Diversity, a Forbes Best Large Employer and one of America’s Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality by the Human Rights Campaign.
For more information about the company’s diversity and inclusion efforts, visit www.bcbst.com/diversity.
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is a taxpaying, not-for-profit health plan serving more than 3.4 million members in Tennessee and around the country. The Chattanooga-based company was founded in 1945 and has brought peace of mind to its members and local communities for more than 75 years. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit the company’s news center at bcbstnews.com.