July 13, 2021
For the sixth consecutive year, Boston Scientific scored 100 percent on the Disability Equality Index (DEI) and is named a Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion. The recognition reflects the company’s ongoing commitment to creating an inclusive culture where individuals with disabilities participate fully and meaningfully.
Our progress is thanks to the efforts of our Leadership, Education and Allies for Disabilities (LEAD) Employee Resource Group (ERG) and feedback from employees. With their input and guidance, we will continue to improve our disability inclusion practices and foster a company culture where every employee is able to thrive.
Recently, three employees shared their thoughts on the importance of disability inclusion and their experience working at Boston Scientific. Here’s what they had to say:
Kate, graduate buyer/planner, Logistics Management Infrastructure
As a legally blind person I want to be challenged in my job just as much as a fully sighted person would be. My disability doesn’t stop me from growing as a person, it is just one challenge that is unique to me at work. The worst feeling for me is the feeling that I am being underestimated.
At Boston Scientific, I know that I am valued as a member of my team and that is because of the culture here. We are measured based on our previous work and the culture of continuous improvement at Boston Scientific does not change for someone with a disability.
Knowing that Boston Scientific is a Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion gives me reassurance that the company will always base my performance on my achievements and skill at my job rather than on my achievements and skill “despite” my disability. I know that I am trusted to know my own limits and, more importantly, my own merits here. We all want to be proud of ourselves. Working for a company that is proud of me for the work I do is an invaluable asset.
Waleska, product builder, Rhythm Management
An inclusive work environment is extremely important. It gives me the confidence to know I have a role in the company, and I will be able to execute my job duties without anyone labeling me because of my disability.
At Boston Scientific, I am encouraged to take on new projects and participate in activities outside of my role. It gives me a sense of belonging. Most importantly, the leadership team cares about my perspective. My managers take the initiative to ask me how they can improve our work environment to make it more accessible and ensure that my hearing problem doesn’t prevent me from succeeding.
Jenny, graduate, Global Sourcing Procurement
Boston Scientific is a great example of what inclusion at work looks like. Everyone has a voice at Boston Scientific, and I know that my team, managers and leadership value the unique perspective and skills of people with disabilities. What I enjoy most is that everyone is treated fairly
When companies, like Boston Scientific, score highly on the DEI, I feel more comfortable disclosing my disabilities and knowing I am in a safe environment where it won’t negatively impact me. The Disability Equality Index is more than just a score, it’s a sign that real work surrounding inclusion and disabilities is a priority for the company.
Although there is still much work to be done, Boston Scientific remains committed to disability inclusion through collaboration with national programs, continuous improvement of our practices, investment in our talent pipeline and ensuring effective policies for our employees.
The DEI is the world’s most comprehensive benchmarking tool measuring disability workplace inclusion developed by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and Disability:IN.