Making the Business Case for Hiring People with Disabilities

In his address, Mr. Lewis emphasized the need to change perceptions about the key role people with disabilities can play within all areas of a business. “Most of us believe that people with disabilities cannot perform as well on the job as others. At Walgreens, we found that to be untrue and unfair,” Mr. Lewis said. He continued, “We ended up hiring more than 1,000 people with disabilities. We didn’t lower the bar when it came to performance, but we did have to open the door wider to include those who are routinely overlooked. The results exceeded our wildest expectations.”