Disney announces Heroes Work Here03/14/2012
Disney President and CEO Bob Iger announced Tuesday a new companywide
initiative called Heroes Work Here, a program focused on hiring, training and
supporting returning military veterans.
As part of the initiative, Disney will provide at least 1,000 jobs and career opportunities for returning U.S. veterans over the next three years, support military families and veterans during their transition to civilian life and launch a national public awareness campaign to encourage all employers across the U.S. to hire veterans.
“As a new generation of America’s military men and women transition into civilian life, we are increasing our commitment and support for these modern day heroes,” Bob said at The Walt Disney Company’s annual shareholder meeting in Kansas City, Mo. “It’s a measure of our respect for how much they have sacrificed on our behalf, and our sincere gratitude for their extraordinary contributions to this country.”
In addition to providing career opportunities for veterans, Disney will also invest in select nonprofit organizations that provide training and other support services. Through the Disney VoluntEARS program, employees and Cast Members will also have the opportunity to engage in service projects with veterans’ organizations in their communities.
The public awareness campaign, featuring veterans currently employed in various businesses across The Walt Disney Company, will highlight their value and encourage companies to hire these highly skilled men and women. The first spot debuted Tuesday.
Heroes Work Here includes recruitment efforts across all segments of The Walt Disney Company, including ESPN, Disney-ABC Television Group, Disney Consumer Products, The Walt Disney Studios and Disney Parks and Resorts. The company will host career fairs and participate in events designed to showcase opportunities for returning military personnel.
Information about Heroes Work Here and available positions for veterans can be found at a dedicated section of the Disney Careers website.