PITTSBURGH – The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and Disability:IN have recognized Giant Eagle, Inc. as a “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion.”

“We are so honored by this recognition,” said Giant Eagle chair and CEO Laura Karet. “Our core value of ‘Respect All’ is important to all of us at Giant Eagle. Being named a best place to work for people who are differently abled motivates us to continue our journey of inclusion for all our team members, guests and neighbors.”

The recognition was determined by the 2022 Disability Inclusion Index (DEI) benchmark, in which Giant Eagle received a 100% score.

“Giant Eagle’s commitment to successfully employ people of all abilities is one of the best parts of our culture,” said Giant Eagle vice president and chief diversity, equity and diversity officer Jeremy Shapira. “Our work to be even more inclusive will never be done, but we’re successful because our team has heart. We care about each other and our neighbors, and we firmly believe that everyone deserves respect and equal opportunity to thrive.”

The 2022 DEI measured the following:

  • Culture and Leadership
  • Enterprise-Wide Access
  • Employment Practices:
    • Benefits
    • Recruitment
    • Employment
    • Education
    • Retention and Advancement
    • Accommodations
  • Community Engagement
  • Supplier Diversity
  • Non-US operations

On the DEI benchmark, Giant Eagle was specifically recognized for, “dedicated recruiting efforts to attract people who are differently abled; a disability-focused, employee-led business resource group; a company-wide employee engagement survey; a 20-plus member diversity council; and company-wide emergency preparedness plans which addresses people who are differently abled,” the company said.

“Disability inclusion is a rapidly expanding aspect of corporate culture, and it’s gratifying to partner with 415 companies on the 2022 Disability Equality Index,” said Jill Houghton, president and CEO of Disability:IN. “These top-scoring companies not only excel in disability inclusion; many are also adopting emerging trends and pioneering measures that can move the disability agenda from accommodation to inclusion and ultimately, genuine belonging."

More information about Giant Eagle’s inclusion, equity and diversity mission can be found on its website online.