Disability Support at Jacobs Australia
At Jacobs, we live inclusion. It’s not about numbers, statistics or quotas - it’s about every one of our people and the collective strength we take from their unique perspectives, ambitions and dreams.
Jacobs understands and embraces the diverse needs of its staff, leverages their talent and works together to deliver truly inclusive solutions to create a connected, sustainable world.
In 2021, we celebrated the following key milestone achievements for our disability inclusion strategy:
- Jacobs recognised as “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion.” We received our first top score of 100 in the 2021 Disability Equality Index (DEI), a national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices related to disability inclusion and workplace equality.
- Jacobs is part of the The Valuable 500, the world’s biggest community for disability business inclusion.
- We were recognised in Forbes’ Best Employers for Diversity 2021.
- For three years in a row we’ve received a top score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI).
- Our ACE employee network marked 1,000 members globally. ACE – which stands for Access. Connect. Empower – champions accessibility, community and opportunity for caregivers and employees with disabilities. The network provides information, resources and networking, runs awareness events and advocates for positive change. Anyone in the company can join ACE to be a better ally and learn more. One of our eight employee networks, ACE plays a critical role in fostering our Culture of Caring and championing disability inclusion.
- In 2021, our ACE network, along with our employee giving and volunteering program, Collectively™, teamed up to sponsor an assistance dog through Assistance Dogs Australia.
- ACE members also successfully advocated for Jacobs to become a founding sponsor of the Institute of Neurodiversity which promotes acceptance, community and advocacy for those living with autism, dyslexia and other different learning and thinking styles.
- Jacobs earned successful accreditation from Employers for Carers with the Carer Confident Level 1 Active award.
- Our ACE employee network also introduced Jacobs to PurpleSpace's Purple Light Up campaign, a global movement that celebrates and draws attention to the economic contributions of the 386 million disabled employees around the world.
- We also recently showcased two partnerships between Jacobs and organistions devoted to promoting inclusive hiring practices – including the National Business and Disability Council (NBDC), whom we partnered with to hire five interns during the summer of 2021, and the Australian Network on Disability, through which nine of our senior leaders mentor jobseekers with disabilities.
Our employees will relentlessly continue advocating for better accessibility, outcomes and opportunities for people with disabilities in line with our values and as part of our commitment to the business objectives laid out in our new PlanBeyond sustainability strategy.