Synchrony Financial announces that, as part of its commitment to diversity, it is launching a plan to hire more people with disabilities.

Per the company, its commitment also takes into account its recognition, per the United States Census Bureau, that people with disabilities may be less likely to be employed and more likely to hold jobs with lower earnings. As well, per 2010 US Census bureau data, 41% of persons age 21 to 64 with any disability were employed, compared with 79% of those with no disability.

“Our purpose statement is: we pioneer the future of financing while improving the success of every business we serve and the quality of each life we touch,” says Synchrony Financial CEO Margaret Keane, in a media release from Synchrony Financial.

“The people with disabilities hiring initiative is a living, breathing embodiment of that statement by providing qualified individuals with career opportunities that, in turn, will help us better serve our retail partners. More importantly, it is simply the right thing to do,” she adds.

During the announcement at Synchrony’s Kettering, Ohio, location, Keane and Glenn Marino—executive vice president and CEO, Payment Solutions, and leader of the Kettering site—presented a $20,000 grant to Dennis Grant, executive director of United Rehabilitation Services (URS).

“We know from working with United Rehabilitation Services in the past, that there is an eager workforce among individuals with disabilities that are ready to contribute in meaningful ways,” Marino adds in the release. “We look forward to working with our partners to identify people with disabilities who can be given an opportunity to shine at Synchrony Financial.”

“We appreciate Synchrony Financial’s tremendous support of children and adults with disabilities at United Rehabilitation Services and their commitment to this partnership,” URS’ Grant notes in the release. “Synchrony’s dedication to creating a culture of inclusiveness and supporting individuals with disabilities through their People with Disabilities Network is a perfect fit with URS’ mission and values.”

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[Source(s): Synchrony Financial, Business Wire]