Creating & Nurturing a More Diverse & Inclusive Culture

P&G Celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month this October
Thursday, October 16, 2014 5:22 pm EDT

In observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month in the U.S., we wanted to share some interesting and exciting things you may not know about Diversity & Inclusion at P&G—specifically in the area of disabilities.  

People with Disabilities Affinity Group

Our People with Disabilities (PwD) corporate affinity group exists to support P&Gers with disabilities, as well as those who care for family members with disabilities. A PwD recruiting team also collaborates with our university recruiting teams to attract and hire the best and brightest students with disabilities.

Thanks to the efforts of this group, P&G has been recognized by Diversity Inc Magazine as the #2 company for People with Disabilities in 2014.

PwD has also been instrumental in promoting diversity in our manufacturing plants. Our Auburn, ME, plant has a customization module where more than 40% of the employees have some form of developmental or physical disability. This model—as well as others like it at our Lima, OH, and Dover, DE, plants—is being pursued across other U.S. manufacturing and distribution sites.

Project Reach

We’ve partnered with a contractor agency that operates “Project Reach,” a way for High School students in Cincinnati to participate in paid internships performing various administrative tasks and technical projects. Currently, four of the six P&G Cincinnati locations have started up Project Reach, with plans for the final two launching in the next three months. 

Champions of Change

On October 14, the White House honored Champions of Change who are doing extraordinary work to create employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

David Bartage (pictured below, left)—P&G plant Finance Manager at our Tampax facility in Auburn, ME, and an active member of the PwD Affinity Network—was recognized for his leadership in developing accessible employment opportunities at the Auburn plant’s FlexiCenter. What started as an interest has turned into a passion for helping others, and spreading the word of sustainable employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Deaf and Blind Symposium

We’re also hosting a first-of-its-kind Deaf and Blind Symposium on October 23–24, where eight leading Fortune 500 Corporations will gather to share best practices, forge partnerships and develop new methods to enable companies and their deaf and blind associates to better perform at their peak.


We believe deeply in the power of Diversity & Inclusion. We embrace and celebrate the diversity of our people, inspiring them to bring their full selves to work every day.

This is critical to our business. We know that diverse groups are more innovative than homogenous groups. And we know we can better meet the needs of our diverse consumers if we understand and reflect them. 

These are just a few examples of the power and importance of Diversity & Inclusion at P&G. For us, it’s a source of community and pride, giving valuable insights to our business and bringing us closer to our mission of Everyone Valued, Everyone Included, Everyone Performing at Their Peak™.

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