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MOD Pizza, a fast-casual pizza concept with 450 locations nationwide, is joining an inclusion campaign with a pledge to provide job opportunities to those with disabilities or individuals who would otherwise face barriers to employment.
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Through the Delivering Jobs pledge, the artisan pizza company will team up with a coalition of companies in a commitment to create one million new employment and leadership opportunities for people with autism and intellectual and developmental differences (IDD) by 2025.
As part of the campaign, Delivering Jobs is challenging businesses to identify ways to tap into the disabled workforce as part of their diversity and inclusion plans and give them access to at least 1% of employment and leadership opportunities.
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The company’s commitment will build upon its current staff, known as the “MOD squad,” of 300 employees with IDD. In partnership with Best Buddies, a non-profit that creates opportunities for employment, around 30% of the MOD squad at large is in the category of an opportunity hire.
“We have an absolute interest in increasing those hires because we so clearly see the benefits of providing job opportunities for people with barriers to employment,” co-found of MOD Pizza Ally Svenson told FOX Business. “Just the overall awareness, compassion and sense of gratitude that opportunity employees show with the sheer gift of a job impacts an entire squad in such a positive way.”