A Workplace for All
People with disabilities make valuable contributions to Jabil everyday, and we are working to ensure they can continue to make a powerful and expanding impact long into the future.
About 15 percent of the global population has some type of disability, and yet their unemployment rate is double that of their non-disabled counterparts. We are working to change this in our own operations, and we have been making good progress.
In 2020, we launched Jabil Enables, an enterprise-wide program dedicated to employees with disabilities. We are focused on increasing employment and development for people with physical and neurological disabilities, facilitating adjustments and accessibility, building awareness among other employees, and creating a culture of inclusion.
The Jabil Enables program includes an internship pilot for neurodiverse employees at our St. Petersburg, Florida, headquarters. Next year, we’ll be introducing an awareness campaign to showcase and accelerate our employment opportunities.
Jabil’s Guadalajara, Mexico, site originally inspired Jabil Enables. The site has a legacy of providing opportunities for people with physical disabilities, including development programs for career growth.
Maria Guadalupe Ponce Torres, who joined Jabil in 2015, said few companies would hire her because she is deaf, making it difficult to find a job.
“Jabil has allowed me to develop myself on the job, and thanks to this I have been promoted several times and I am currently a Quality Inspector.”
In 2019, the site created a scholarship for deaf and hard of hearing employees to continue their education, free of charge. In conjunction with Centro Universitario para Trabajadores e Hijos, this program provides facilities, teachers and a sign-language tutor, welcoming 27 Jabil employees, including Ponce Torres, in the program last year.
“I always wanted to study high school, but since I am deaf I could never finish it,” Ponce Torres said.
We are excited for what the future holds as we expand the initiatives and opportunities for employees with disabilities.
Learn more about our diversity and inclusion practices on page 47 in our Sustainability Report PDF.
Sustainability Report PDF
Our Sustainability Report transparently outlines our commitments to fair and safe workplaces, improving our environmental footprint and contributing to a more sustainable world. Our FY19 Report contains important data and metrics as well as the stories about our employees and partners that bring our impact to life.