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‘Valuable 500’ sees inclusion of disabled as key for business

Social entrepreneur seizes chance to bring the issue off the 'sidelines'

Caroline Casey and Jeff Dodds on stage at One Young World.

Embrace the Change

While significant strides have been made in boosting the diversity of the inclusion of black, asian and minority ethnic (BAME) and LGBT employees in the workforce, less attention has been paid to the needs and potential of disabled staff.

WEF Panel Session: Closing the Disability Inclusion Gap

While nine out of 10 companies claim to prioritize diversity, only 4% have specific programmes that are disability inclusive. What strategies and best practices can close the disability gap at work?

Who won day one at Davos?

In Davos last year, disability advocate Caroline Casey had three CEOs crying on stage in the Congress Center as they pledged to do more to promote the inclusion of disabled workers. This year, it was Casey who got teary recounting what’s happened since.

Press Conference: The CEOs Solving the Global Disability Inequality Crisis

Held at the World Economic Forum 2020, with peakers Caroline Casey, Peter T. Grauer, Paul Polman, Edward Ndopu, Carolyn Tastad, Georg Schmitt

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The activist leading the inclusivity revolution.

Melanie Reid comments on the inclusion revolution, and it's leader Caroline Casey for The Times.

‘Wake up to Money’ on BBC Radio 5 Live

Listen to Caroline Casey talking disability inclusion on BBC Radio 5 Live's 'Wake up to Money' programme.

BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme

Listen to Caroline Casey talk about The Valuable 500 and our mission to get disability on the global business leadership agenda on BBC Radio 4

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‘Disability can no longer be on the sidelines of society’

Caroline Casey, founder of Valuable 500, is seeking to put disability on the business leadership agenda.

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It’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and we need more inclusion in society.

As I type, it is impossible not to be reminded that my ability to do so — as someone who is registered blind — is because of the typewriter’s role as a 200-year-old example of disability inclusion.

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Mindset Matters: Caroline Casey, The Valuable 500 And The Inclusion Revolution

Caroline Casey is truly a rare breed, whether you see her as an activist, agitator or cultural warrior she is a woman on a mission to place disability as a central responsibility of any corporate agenda.

BBC Breakfast interview with Caroline Casey

Caroline spoke to Ben Thompson from BBC Breakfast about the disability employment gap and why businesses need to do more about the inclusion crisis.

The Inclusion Revolution: Why is business blind to my value?

The Valuable 500 hosted a panel at One Young World 2019, hearing from activists Sam Renke, Molly Burke, Adam Pearson and Eddie Ndopu, and chaired by Caroline Casey.

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Tatas, Mahindra and 15 other Indian companies join global disability inclusion campaign as countdown to Davos begins

A number of Indian businesses have signed up to disability inclusion initiative The Valuable 500, taking the total number of global businesses to sign up to 150.

Caroline Casey at One Young World 2019

Caroline Casey took to the stage with Virgin Media's Jeff Dodds, to tell One Young World 2019 why disability inclusion needs to be on the business agenda.

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Enel aderisce all’iniziativa “Valuable 500” a favore delle persone con disabilità

L'attenzione verso la non discriminazione, le pari opportunità e la tutela della diversitàcostituiscono uno dei punti cardite nel suo piano di sostenibilità

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Energy firms join campaign to eliminate disability exclusion

Global oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has joined forces with energy sector leaders Enel and Centrica to back efforts to eliminate the exclusion of disabled people worldwide, by joining disability inclusion campaign The Valuable 500.

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Abriendo caminos para la discapacidad en el mundo empresarial

La activista europea Caroline Casey está por cumplir un año desde que lanzó ‘The Valuable 500”, una campaña global para lograr que las empresas con mayor reconocimiento en el mundo incluyan, como parte de su estrategia institucional, a personas con algún tipo de discapacidad.

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Compromiso con “The Valuable 500” de Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover se une a la campaña The Valuable 500, cuyo objetivo es que las empresas prioricen la inclusión de las personas con discapacidad.

Financial Times Diversity Series

Caroline featured in the FT's Diversity series with June Sarpong: why are people living with disabilities overlooked by business?

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The campaign changing the workforce for people with disabilities

Last week the year-long campaign hit 100 signatures.

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O2 pledges commitment to disability inclusion during National Inclusion Week

Telecommunications organisation O2 has today (23 September 2019) announced its commitment to increasing disability inclusion within the business by joining The Valuable 500.

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Automotive sector rallies behind disability inclusion movement

Three of the world’s leading automotive brands have signed up to support disability inclusion initiative The Valuable 500.

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Jardine Motors highlights disability in business

Jardine Motors, Jaguar Land Rover and Aston Martin Lagonda have signed up to a disability inclusion campaign The Valuable 500, which is seeking 500 global businesses to address approaches to disability in business.

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Big Four accounting firms pledge to support The Valuable 500

The Big Four professional services organisations latest to join forces on business disability inclusion in support of The Valuable 500.

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Big Four consultancies join disability inclusion campaign

Deloitte UK, KPMG UK and PwC UK have today announced that they have signed up to The Valuable 500 – the global initiative striving to place disability inclusion on the business agenda.

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Big Four join forces to tackle exclusion of disabled people in business

Deloitte, PwC and KPMG have joined EY by signing up to The Valuable 500

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Big Four firms Deloitte, KPMG and PwC have announced today that they will be joining EY by signing The Valuable 500.

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Deloitte UK, KPMG UK and PWC UK pledge to support disability inclusion

Professional services firms Deloitte UK, KPMG UK and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) UK have signed a global disability inclusion commitment, The Valuable 500, operated by business campaign group #valuable.

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Over 100 Global CEOS Commit to Action on Disability Inclusion Since Davos

The world’s leading marketing services company, WPP, has today joined fellow marketing services and branding powerhouses Edelman, RAPP and Interbrand, to sign up to The Valuable 500 – the global initiative striving to place disability inclusion on the business agenda.

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Firms need to become accountable for disability inclusion

Businesses cannot be truly inclusive if they don't think about disability. Caroline Casey is encouraging firms to sign up to The Valuable 500 to change their thinking.

Everywoman podcast “Living a life without limits: How Caroline Casey took on the world on her terms”

Inclusive business campaigner, social entrepreneur and self-confessed ‘dangerous dreamer’, Caroline Casey has always lived a life without limits – from finding out she was legally blind only at the age of 17 years old, to her decision at 28 to leave her job and trek across India solo on an elephant to raise inclusivity awareness.

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Ending the ‘à la carte’ approach to inclusion

She’s spoken at Davos, trekked across India by elephant and had 2m people view her TED Talk. But Caroline Casey won’t stop until business finally cracks its disability inclusion problem.

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BITE Founder Interview with Caroline Casey

As the Founder of The Valuable 500, Caroline Casey is spearheading a business revolution on disability inclusion and she needs brands to get on board.

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The Valuable 500: disability inclusion in businesses campaign takes off

Caroline Casey explains why she started The Valuable 500 and calls on businesses to stop being ‘diversish.’

Empowering disability in the workplace

BBC World Service asks whether big companies are doing enough to enable workers who have disabilities.

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Seven of the world’s largest financial institutions sign up to disability inclusion campaign The Valuable 500.

The Bank of England, Lloyds Banking Group, HSBC UK, RBS, Monex, Standard Chartered and Bank Hapoalim of Israel have announced their membership of The Valuable 500.

BBC In Touch – A Corporate Call to Arms

Caroline Casey has been campaigning for more disability inclusion for the past decade. Earlier this year she took her cause to Davos – the summit for big corporations. She wants 500 CEO’s to sign up to making and acting on one commitment around disability for their company.

Ex-Unilever boss seeks ‘heroic CEOs’ to tackle climate change and inequality

Paul Polman also supports Bank of England-backed group promoting disability rights.

We need to talk about disability inclusion

Cannes Lions Festival’s focus on diversity is commendable, but we need more discussion on disability inclusion, warns Caroline Casey.

London Tech Week’s Missing Voice

Caroline Casey explores the need for the tech sector to realise the untapped market of disabled employees, as part of London Tech Week.

Why disability inclusion must be part of the global business agenda

Caroline Casey is a social entrepreneur who founded The Valuable 500 to spark an inclusion revolution that puts disability on the global business agenda.

The menopause is empowering this disability campaigner to improve awareness

Caroline wants businesses to do more for people with disabilities.

Making Disability Inclusion A Leadership Issue – Forbes

The 1 billion people globally who are disabled and can’t find work, need top leaders to take action—now.

Disability Activist Challenges 500 companies to Make a Change

Caroline Casey —a disability activist— is calling on 500 companies to put disability rights at the forefront of their agendas.

Addressing Disability Inclusion In the Business World

Bloomberg's Annmarie Hordern speaks to Caroline Casey, founder of the Valuable campaign, which works to tackle disability exclusion.

DIVERSish | Meet the Winners

The Valuable 500 are thrilled to be at SXSW. Our session “Is Corporate Inclusion #Diversish” will include our first public screening of our Diversish film.

Valuable Leader Conversations

In this series of interviews, Caroline speaks to some of our most #valuable leaders, to find out the role business leaders play in getting disability on the corporate diversity agenda.

‘Changing Perceptions of Difference’ : In Conversation with Dame Carolyn Fairbairn

Caroline Casey speaks to Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, Director-General of the CBI, about respecting difference and why it's important that business leaders are 'disability confident'.

Bringing Diverse Opinions to the Table: In Conversation with Mark Carney

Caroline Casey speaks to Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, about how to encourage an inclusive working environment and why having diverse opinions at the table can help a business succeed in times of crisis.

Why Inclusive Businesses Perform Better: In conversation with Paul Polman

Caroline Casey speaks to ex-CEO of Unilever, Vice-Chair of the UN Global Compact, and Chair of The Valuable 500, Paul Polman about the business case for inclusion, a CEO's moral responsibility and how we can bring humanity back to the corporate world.

How Leaders drive the Diversity Agenda: In conversation with Peter Grauer

Caroline Casey speaks to Bloomberg Chairman, Peter Grauer about the role C-suite sponsors play in driving the diversity agenda, why it's important for leaders to admit they don't have all the answers, and what The Valuable 500 is doing to change the narrative around disability inclusion.

Adding Disability to the Corporate Diversity Agenda: In conversation with Nicola Mendelsohn

At the Bloomberg Equality Summit in London, Caroline spoke to Nicola Mendelsohn, VP, EMEA at Facebook about what we can learn from the success of other equality movements in the private sector and the importance of intersectionality.

The Personal Impact of Corporate Inclusion: In conversation with Janet Riccio

Caroline spoke to EVP and Dean of Omnicom University, Janet Riccio about her personal experience of disability and the impact it has made on her approach to corporate inclusion, as well as Omnicom's longstanding support of The Valuable 500.

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Press releases


The Valuable 500 calls on global tech sector to act now on disability inclusion as major tech and comms businesses join.

The Valuable 500 x Seven Hills

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World Economic Forum announces The Valuable 500 as official partner as Campaign founder joins conference on disability inclusion a year on from historic Davos launch.

The Valuable 500 x Seven Hills

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Sony, Coca-Cola European Partners, GSK, Sodexo, Orange, Citi and Santander announce membership of The Valuable 500 ahead of campaign’s historic return to Davos

The Valuable 500 x Seven Hills

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Over 200 global companies now place disability at the heart of corporate agendas – as businesses worldwide embrace the value of the 1.3bn disabled

The Valuable 500 x Seven Hills

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Leaders in energy sector announce commitment to eradicating disability exclusion

The Valuable 500 x Seven Hills

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CBI becomes 150th global organisation to join disability inclusion campaign as 90 day countdown to Davos begins

The Valuable 500 x Seven Hills

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Over 100 global CEOs commit to action on disability inclusion since Davos.

The Valuable 500 x Seven Hills

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Leaders in the automotive sector join together to rally behind disability inclusion movement.

The Valuable 500 x Seven Hills

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The Big Four professional services organisations latest to join forces on business disability inclusion

The Valuable 500 x Seven Hills

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Global financial services sector announces biggest move to date to tackle exclusion of disabled people

The Valuable 500 x Seven Hills

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#Valuable takes to the United Nations stage for the first time as 150 further businesses get set to join the inclusion revolution

The Valuable 500 x Seven Hills

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Global campaign driving disability inclusion in business impacts over 2 million employees

The Valuable 500 x Seven Hills

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Cerealto Siro Foods joins global inititative to promote disability inclusion in business

The Valuable 500 x Seven Hills

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Bloomberg joins global campaign driving disability inclusion in the workplace

The Valuable 500 x Seven Hills

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Sainsbury’s and Omnicom announce firm commitment to disability inclusion

The Valuable 500 x Seven Hills

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Is corporate inclusion DIVERSish? Disability activist Caroline Casey takes to SXSW to end DIVERSish attitudes in business

The Valuable 500 x Seven Hills

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APM sets Australian first as it announces commitment to fight disability exclusion in business as part of The Valuable 500 Campaign

The Valuable 500 x Seven Hills

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Danske Bank UK announces commitment to business disability inclusion in a first for Northern Ireland Business

The Valuable 500 x Seven Hills

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The Valuable 500 Launches at The World Economic Forum Annual Summit to promote disability inclusion in business

The Valuable 500 x Seven Hills

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‘DIVERSish’ Campaign launches at Davos to challenge businesses excluding disability from diversity commitments

The Valuable 500 x Seven Hills

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Disability absent from leadership strategy in majority of global businesses

The Valuable 500 x Seven Hills

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Global business leaders and businesses throw support behind the disability inclusion revolution

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Latest reports


The Leaders of The Inclusion Revolution – 2019 Summary Report

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Disability Confidence – The Business Leadership Imperative

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