Newsroom | 24 June 2015

Cigna Recognized for Strong Commitment to Disability Equality

Contact(s):
Gloria Barone
215.761.4758
Gloria.barone@cigna.com
 
  • High scores on Inaugural Disability Equality IndexSM
  • Tour sponsor for America's Disability Museum on Wheels
BLOOMFIELD, Conn.  - June 24, 2015 -   Cigna (NYSE:CI), a global health service leader, is proud to be among the companies who scored highly on the first annual Disability Equality Index SM (DEI SM).  The inaugural survey measures a broad range of workplace, supply chain and marketplace activities and was created by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and the US Business Leadership Network ® (USBLN ®).  Earlier this year, 80 Fortune 1000 companies completed the DEI, which is a national, transparent benchmarking tool that offers businesses an objective assessment of their overall disability inclusion policies and practices. 
 
"With a score of 90, Cigna is proud of our disability practices, and appreciates this meaningful recognition that we're on the right track with our diversity strategy.  At the same time, the survey inspires us to continuously improve and to remember that our work is never finished," said Rosanna Durruthy, Cigna's chief diversity officer.
 
An official list of DEI top-scoring leaders can be accessed on the DEI website at https://www.disabilityequalityindex.org/top_companies.aspx.
 
The survey follows the announcement earlier this month of Cigna's role as an official tour sponsor for America's Disability Rights Museum on Wheels (DRMW), which kicked off a cross-country journey in Charlotte, N.C.  The DRMW is an accessible self-contained motor vehicle that features interactive learning opportunities and emerging technologies to assist those with disabilities.  The DRMW provides an unusual opportunity for communities to learn the history of the disability rights movement and the technological innovations made possible as a result of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). http://www.usbln.org/ada25-legacy_partners.html

  "Supporting America's Disability Rights Museum on Wheels was important to Cigna as a way to highlight - to our employees, our clients and our communities - the importance of helping people with different abilities become and remain productive contributors to the workforce," said Mark Boxer, Cigna's global chief information officer and executive champion of Cigna's People with Different Abilities Colleague Resource Group (CRG), which was instrumental in securing Cigna's support for the country's first disability rights mobile museum. Cigna's CRGs are employee-led groups that help Cigna better connect with and support diverse communities.  

About Cigna
Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) is a global health service company dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. All products and services are provided exclusively by or through operating subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation, including Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, Life Insurance Company of North America and Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York. Such products and services include an integrated suite of health services, such as medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, vision, supplemental benefits, and other related products including group life, accident and disability insurance. Cigna maintains sales capability in 30 countries and jurisdictions, and has more than 86 million customer relationships throughout the world. To learn more about Cigna®, including links to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, visit www.cigna.com.
 
About the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
The American Association of People with Disabilities is the nation's largest disability rights organization. AAPD promotes equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation for people with disabilities. AAPD's members, including people with disabilities and family, friends, and supporters, represent a powerful force for change. To learn more, visit the AAPD Web site: www.aapd.com.
 
About the US Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®)
The US Business Leadership Network ® (USBLN ®) is a national non-profit that helps business drive performance by leveraging disability inclusion in the workplace, supply chain, and marketplace. The USBLN serves as the collective voice of nearly 50 Business Leadership Network affiliates across the United States, representing over 5,000 businesses. Additionally, the USBLN Disability Supplier Diversity Program ® (DSDP) is the nation's leading third party certification program for disability-owned businesses, including businesses owned by service-disabled veterans. www.usbln.org