The Valuable 500

Our Valuable 500 companies and leaders have committed to putting disability inclusion on their business leadership agenda. We’re processing new companies all the time and are proud to announce the following confirmed organisations.

Valuable Leader: Julie Sweet

Region: North America

Accenture’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

Accenture’s Board of Directors reflects geographic, age, gender and ethnic diversity. Among the external directors, female representation is currently at 40 percent — including our non-executive chair of the board. The Board meets quarterly and in 2019, will discuss disability inclusion as part of its discussions around inclusion and diversity, which is driven by the Accenture Diversity Council.

As part of this review, our Accenture Diversity Council, made up of senior leaders across the business including members with disabilities, meet quarterly to set our inclusion & diversity goals. In the last two years, we have established an internal score card that measures the recruitment, retention and advancement of our employees with disabilities. This enables us to offer new benefits, accommodations and assistive technologies to our people and new candidates.

We also established the Accessibility Council – led by our General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Chad Jerdee and Chief Information Officer, Andrew Wilson. The Council ensures accessible technology across our entire enterprise as we continue to advance disability inclusion as a source of innovation, creativity and competitive advantage. Accenture strives to create a workplace where everyone feels they belong.

Valuable Leader: Rosaleen Blair

Region: Global

Alexander Mann Solutions’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

Commitment to be completed by December 29th 2019.

Valuable Leader: Michael Anghie

Region: Australia

APM’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

APM was established 25 years ago to help people realise better and fuller lives. As Australia’s biggest provider of Disability Employment Services we know that for far too long People with Disability (PwD) have been excluded from the workplace and have suffered social and community isolation as a result.

Every day we work with hundreds of small and medium businesses across Australia and show them what great employees PwD are. Once these businesses see the value of building a diverse workforce they often come back to us when they have future vacancies.

It’s no secret that a job changes a life, but it doesn’t end there – a job for a Person with Disability helps them become a full and active member of society. The biggest barriers to employing them are outdated perceptions and it’s incumbent on all of us to break these down.

To help combat this APM has committed to:

  • Work with Australian SMEs to dismantle perceptions and barriers and demonstrate the value of building a diverse workforce with People with Disability.
  • Engage with the broader Australian community through traditional media, social media and community outreach to dismantle outdated perceptions.
  • Continue to be a strong advocate with Government to drive and deliver disability employment programs that make a difference.
  • As Australia’s first member of this important initiative, we commit to enlist a further three businesses to join The Valuable 500.

Valuable Leader: Thierry Breton

Region: Global

ATOS’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

Commitment to be completed by December 29th 2019.

Valuable Leader: Ashok Vaswani

Region: United Kingdom

Barclays’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

Commitment to be completed by December 29th 2019.

Valuable Leader: Peter Grauer

Region: Global

Bloomberg’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

Commitment to be completed by December 29th 2019.

Valuable Leader: Dennis Muilenburg

Region: Global

Boeing’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

Boeing is on a journey to raise disability awareness and reshape conceptions of ability. This is another step toward creating an environment where talented people of all abilities can be valued and do their best work. Our commitment to an accessible culture is illustrated through our ongoing investment in professional networks, the internal Boeing Employee Ability Awareness Association business resource group, educational resources, a centralized accommodations unit, and accessible work spaces. Late last year, for the third year in a row, Boeing achieved a top score of 100% on the Disability Equality Index, a joint initiative of the American Association of People with Disabilities and Disability:IN. Further, in September, Boeing was recognized as a 2018 National Organization on Disability Leading Disability Employer.

Valuable Leader: Michael Pooley

Region: Europe

Brambles’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

“The Valuable 500 message aligns with our values at Brambles. We believe in creating an inclusive and diverse working environment which allows each individual to thrive, grow and succeed. Creating an inclusive environment for employees with disabilities is important to us. At Brambles, disability is understood in the broadest sense including physical and sensory impairments, mental health issues, medical conditions and specific learning difficulties.  Some of our current projects are as follows :

  • Partnership with Leonard Cheshire’s Change 100 program in the UK to take on graduates with disabilities for summer work placements
  • Working with the UK Down’s Syndrome association and WorkFit to assess how to welcome employees with Down’s Syndrome into our offices
  • Collaboration with Alapar association in Spain providing masterclasses and mentoring to people with disabilities
  • Fundraising for Araya association in Spain supporting people with autism
  • Inclusive Rugby events – bring CHEP employees together with disabled people for rugby training
  • Training on disability in the workplace planned for some of our major offices
  • Conducting a review across our businesses to ensure best practice and spread actions across Brambles

We believe that a more balanced workforce will provide us with the diversity of thought, skills and experience that we need. This mix of perspectives, approaches and styles helps fuel innovation, growth, agility and robust performance. Our people are practical and on the frontline of solving our customers’ challenges. By harnessing the power of diversity, we can be better positioned to deliver sustainable supply chain solutions for our customers and to connect people with life’s essentials, every day. Put simply, an inclusive workforce, which recognises the contribution of every individual, is better for our employees, better for our customers and better for our business”.

Michael Pooley,

President, CHEP Europe (Brambles Group)

Valuable Leader: Staci Kroon

Region: Central America

BraunAbility’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

BraunAbility was founded with an innate commitment to improve the lives of people with disabilities because we have always built solutions through the eyes of our consumers. Today, we are one of the most well-known and trusted names in the mobility industry and we remain devoted to this purpose.

We have made inclusion a top priority in 2019 and are committed to the following actions:

  • Inviting disability candidate referral sources from around the state to our production facility to establish a partnership and reach more employment candidates with disabilities.
    Opening a new global headquarters in Carmel, Indiana, designed to meet the highest standards of accessibility to ensure it is well-suited for employees with disabilities.
  • Launching a new social impact platform, Drive for Inclusion, to unite and listen to the voices of people with mobility disabilities, and mobilize this group, along with employees and volunteers, to take action to improves access. Our first action is an initiative designed to prevent abuse of accessible parking spaces.

Staci Kroon
CEO, BraunAbility

Valuable Leader: Juan Manuel González Serna

Region: Global

Cerealto Siro Foods’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

The integration of people with disabilities into our workforce is a guiding principle in our organisation. They are an example of tenacity, self-improvement and enormous commitment, and they teach us every single day that nothing is impossible.

We have committed to promoting high quality job opportunities for these groups and to ensure their inclusion in society, through the following actions:

  • Have the inclusion of people with disabilities at the top of our business agenda.
  • Secure that at least 10% of our workforce are people with barriers to work, specifically, people with disabilities.
  • Introduce a volunteering experience with these groups to increase awareness within our workforce and promote a more open and accepting work environment.
  • Collaborate with new organisations that aim to facilitate the labour inclusion of people with disabilities.
  • The Grupo Siro Foundation will continue to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in society and to sponsor the Paralympic games.

Valuable Leader: Avi Edery

Region: Israel

Cinema City’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

At Cinema City Israel , we make it a top priority to maintain a diverse and inclusive cinema entertainment center where everyone, a customer or an employee can be completely themselves in our Cinema City experience.

When people feel confident to come to Cinema City no matter what their disability is, we can unlock the full potential of our experience. After all, it is the movies

Among the many things that we are doing, I have committed to ensure we make progress in these areas:

  • Speed up the process of implementing all the adjustments for people with disabilities and making them feel welcome in our properties.
  • On top of our commitment to hire employees no matter their age, gender and ethnic diversity we have nominated a committee whose goal is to combine disabled employees and adapt our working environment and tasks to meet their disabilities.
  • Improving the “welcome” feeling of our disabled customers in our cinema not just in accessibility terms but in adaptive service and equality terms.
  • As part of our charity work, we are making it a goal to expose young disabled people to the cinema experience no matter what their disability or economic situation is.
  • Developing accessible technology across our entire enterprise as we continue to advance disability inclusion as a source of innovation, creativity and competitive advantage.

Avi Edery

CEO, Cinema City Israel

 

Valuable Leader: Alejandro Ramirez Magaña

Region: Mexico

Cineopolis’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

Commitment to be completed by December 29th 2019.

Valuable Leader: Luis Sayeg

Citibanamex’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

“We’re going to work with others across the firm to sustain an inclusive culture for individuals with disabilities.  Every colleague at Citibanamex, including those with disabilities, should understand that we want them to participate fully in our community and our business – and if they need support in order to do so, we are committed to providing it.”

Luis Sayeg, LatAm´s Disability Affinity Leader

Valuable Leader: Kevin Kingston

Region: Northern Ireland

Danske Bank’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

“We have committed to discuss disability inclusion at Board level and have set up a disability action group within the bank to actively promote inclusion around disabilities in the workplace.”

Valuable Leader: Michael Mapes

Region: Global

Exal Corporation’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

Commitment to be completed by December 29th 2019.

Valuable Leader: Mark Weinberger

EY’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

Diversity & Inclusion are essential elements of culture, which defines any organization. These are core pieces of the EY Vision 2020+ strategy. We know we can’t be successful unless our workforce is made up of diverse talent, and all EY people are fully involved and engaged. Our differences make us better. Leveraging our unique strengths and capabilities makes us stronger.

Around 1 billion people in the world have a disability, and 80% of people who experience a disability acquire it between the ages of 18 and 64 – the age range of our workforce. Our aim is to create a better working world, and this is why we are committing to the following areas of focus:

  • Enabling EY people to proudly bring their authentic and full selves to work every day
  • Delivering an inclusive employment journey for EY people – from how we recruit to how we develop, retain and promote
  • Providing a more accessible workplace through accommodations and accessible technology and building design
  • Equipping EY people with the skills and knowledge they need to be inclusive of people with disabilities

Valuable Leader: Gilbert Ghostine

Firmenich’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

Commitment to be completed by December 29th 2019.

Valuable Leader: Duncan Tait

Region: Global

Fujitsu’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

At Fujitsu, we make it a top priority to build a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone can be completely themselves and succeed. When people feel confident to talk openly about their disabilities and request the adjustments they need to carry out their roles effectively, we can unlock the full potential of disabled talent.

I have committed to hold a board discussion to ensure we make progress in 4 key areas:

  • Speed up the process of implementing workplace adjustments for people with disabilities
  • Improve accessibility in internal and external communications, such as insisting on subtitles on all videos and including accessibility ribbons on our blogs
  • Introduce a Work Experience week for young people with learning disabilities
  • Autistica has just been appointed as our UK national charity partner so I intend to ensure we maximise our learning for supporting people with autism

I have also personally committed to getting 20 more companies to join The Valuable 500.

Valuable Leader: Unnathan Shekhar

Region: India

Galaxy Surfactants Ltd.’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

Galaxy Surfactants  is committed to including differently abled members of society in our world and integrating them into the business.

We have committed ourselves to including 40 differently abled members within Galaxy by 2022.

Unnathan Shekhar,

Managing Director, Galaxy Surfactants Ltd.

Valuable Leader: Simon Martin

Region: Global

Inside Ideas Group & Oliver’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

Commitment to be completed by December 29th 2019.

Valuable Leader: António Horta-Osório

Region: United Kingdom

Lloyds Banking Group’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

We will continue to drive activity which supports, sustains, and promotes an inclusive and diverse organisation for customers and colleagues with visible and non-visible disabilities. We are committed to;

  • Empowering and supporting colleagues to talk about their Mental Health at work
  • Further improving the accessibility of our products and services available to customers through increased use of technology
  • Educating and raising awareness around disability, learning from, and sharing best practice with other organisations

Valuable Leader: Jonas Prising

Manpower’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

Commitment to be completed by December 29th 2019.

Valuable Leader: Ilan Raviv & Avner Stepak

Region: Israel

Meitav Dash’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

Commitment to be completed by December 29th 2019.

Valuable Leader: Yehuda Benassayag

Region: Israel

Menora Mivtachim’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

Commitment to be completed by December 29th 2019.

Valuable Leader: Nick Varney

Region: United Kingdom

Merlin Entertainments’ Valuable 500 Commitment:

Commitment to be completed by December 29th 2019.

Valuable Leader: Satya Nadella

Region: Central America

Microsoft’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

Commitment to be completed by December 29th 2019.

Valuable Leader: Hector Pio Lagos Donde

Region: Europe

Monex’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

Commitment to be completed by December 29th 2019.

Valuable Leader: Alex Leikikh

Region: Global

MullenLowe Group’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

Commitment to be completed by December 29th 2019.

Valuable Leader: Janet Riccio

Region: Global

Omnicom’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

Commitment to be completed by December 29th 2019.

Valuable Leader: Richard Foley

Region: Global

Pinsent Masons LLP’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

“With honourable exceptions, the business community has been nothing like as vocal or active as it should have been in recognising the challenges faced by disabled colleagues.  There is so much more we can do to implement changes that enable disabled members of the community to deliver to their potential, and we see the Valuable 500 campaign as part of that.

So we are delighted to be stepping forward and committing to the campaign as part of our wider commitment to promoting equality and diversity through all our employment practices, and to discussing all aspects of inclusion, including disability, as part of our Board agenda. If business can be made to work better for its people – all of its people – we know that everyone benefits.

As part of our objective to maintain our position as a market leading law firm for diversity & inclusion, we have made a number of commitments to removing barriers for employees with disabilities and to promoting an environment that supports health and wellbeing for all:

  • reviewing our recruitment process in conjunction with our Disability and Wellbeing Network to ensure it is fully inclusive and accessible;
  • advertising in disability related media and networks to actively look to attract and recruit  people with a disability;
  • ensuring human resource managers have disability inclusion related training, including reasonable adjustments.”

Richard Foley

Senior Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP

Valuable Leader: Brad MacAfee

Region: Global

Porter Novelli’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

Commitment to be completed by December 29th 2019.

Valuable Leader: Tim Fallowfield

Region: United Kingdom

Sainsburys’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

We, at Sainsbury’s, want to be the most inclusive retailer, where every single one of our colleagues can fulfil their potential and where all of our customers feel welcome when they shop with us. To ensure that we are, we are committing to the following:

  • We will continue to focus on inclusion and diversity at Board level, including our disability agenda
  • We will make further progress to enable our disabled colleagues to be the best they can be by embedding our workplace adjustment process across the group.
  • We will continue to raise the profile of our colleagues with disabilities through our role model campaign #thisisme
  • We will continue to create an accessible environment for all of our customers.”

Valuable Leader: Olivier Brandicourt

Sanofi’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

Commitment to be completed by December 29th 2019.

Valuable Leader: Paul Polman & Alan Jope

Region: Global

Unilever’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

“At Unilever, our aim is to build a truly diverse and inclusive workforce with everyone empowered to bring their authentic self to work.​ ​The inclusion of people with disabilities is an important priority and our vision is to become the number one employer of choice for people with disabilities. We are committed to having employees with disabilities representing 5% of our workforce by 2025”

Alan Jope

CEO, Unilever

Valuable Leader: Jeff Dodds

Region: United Kingdom

Virgin Media’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

Extra living costs, negative perceptions, social stigma, inflexible working hours and outdated employment policies are just some of the barriers disabled people face every day. Things need to change and fast.

At Virgin Media we celebrate the fact that everyone is different. It’s these differences that help us to come up with new and innovative ideas and better meet the needs of the customers and communities we serve.

I am committed to making disability my business:

  • Partnering with the disability equality charity Scope – funding an innovative digital employment service ‘Support to Work’ that provides disabled people with the confidence, skills and knowledge to get into and stay in work
  • #WorkWithMe – together with Scope we’re building a network of likeminded businesses. By providing unique resources, guidance and events, our aim is to encourage businesses to share best practice on building an inclusive workplace for disabled people and learn from each other
  • A strategic partner for the Valuable 500 – we are funding the development of resources to support and inform business leaders, inspiring them to create more inclusive businesses for disabled people. I will be using my network to help reach this goal
  • Gold tier sponsorship of the British Paralympic Association – we aim to change the way disabled people are viewed by the British public through our marketing and sponsorship activity
  • Disability Action Plan – we are transforming the every day experiences for Virgin Media’s disabled customers and employees
  • Demonstrating leadership – engaging our suppliers in disabilty to ensure they sign up to the #WorkWithMe pledge and Valuable500

 

Lutz Schüler

CEO, Virgin Media

12 June 2019

Valuable Leader: Karren Brady

Region: United Kingdom

West Ham United’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

Commitment to be completed by December 29th 2019.

Valuable Leader: Steven Voorheen

WestRock’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

Commitment to be completed by December 29th 2019.

Valuable Leader: David Kassler

Region: Global

Williams Lea Tag’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

Commitment to be completed by December 29th 2019.

Valuable Leader: Wael Moustapha

Xceed’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

Commitment to be completed by December 29th 2019.

Valuable Leader: Tulsi Naidu

Region: United Kingdom

Zurich’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

At Zurich UK we want to continue generating a workplace environment where everyone has the same opportunities and experiences regardless of any additional requirements they may have. As we sign this pledge, we are committing to the following initiatives:

  • A manager’s Disability Confident training programme that gives all people managers at Zurich the opportunity to learn about how better to manage any members of their team who may have any additional requirements, and we will continue to promote this training to all new and existing managers to help them promote a disability confident workplace
  • We will continue to support employees with caring responsibilities, which is reflected in our Carer’s Policy
  • We will work with relevant parties as we finalise the development of our new office buildings, to ensure that they are as accessible as possible, using industry leading methods
  • We will continue to work closely with the DWP on the Disability Confident programme, supporting other companies as they work to become Disability Confident. This includes ongoing support with hosting thematic events such as our most recent session on Visual Impairment with the RNIB

Valuable Leader: Aldo Vander Laan

Region: Global

Zwanenberg Foods’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

Commitment to be completed by December 29th 2019.