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: Ben Tidswell

Region: Global

Ashurst’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

At Ashurst, we believe that fostering a diverse and inclusive culture is a core part of creating the best place to work and being the most progressive global law firm. We are committed to creating a level playing field for all partners and staff living with disabilities through supportive policies, by raising awareness and understanding and by ensuring access to appropriate resources.  

We are committed to:

  • Tabling disability on the board agenda on a regular basis;
  • Reducing the stigma around the discussion of disabilities by showcasing the lived experiences of our people in relation to disability and resilience; and
  • Improving our reasonable adjustments process by introducing a global Workplace Adjustments Passport for all partners and staff.

Valuable Leader: Thierry Breton

Region: Global

ATOS’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

  1. Improve the availability of assistive technologies for Atos Employees & improve the Accessibility of our core employee tools as an integrated part of our DigitalNow transformation Program & in line with our global accessibility policy.
  2. Support and Grow our Employee disability networks as part of our We are Atos program.
  3. Develop and deploy training programs focussed on disability and accessibility.

Valuable Leader: Ari Pinto

Region: Israel

Bank Hapoalim’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

Bank Hapoalim, Israel’s leading bank, puts accessibility to all, including people with disabilities, as one of its core business obligations.

We guarantee that the Bank’s services will be accessible and available to all our customers with and without disabilities – in our branches, call centers and in our digital platforms. Accessibility is an integral part of the Bank’s decision-making process when examining new products and processes. We will work tirelessly to integrate people with disabilities into all aspects of life and to promote the employment of persons with disabilities.

Accessibility is one of the four strategic pillars in our social impact program. 

As part of the program Bank Hapoalim is committed to:

– Include at least one person with disability in all its media campaigns;

– Place a special emphasis on recruitment of persons with disabilities and provide educational activities in the subjects of accessibility to all its employees;

– Promote industry wide initiatives to improve accessibility to banking products

– Support a start-up incubator aimed specifically at accessibility issues

– Promote the subject of accessibility to all in the general public by supporting educational activities

 

Finally, Bank Hapoalim is delighted and proud to have the opportunity to take part in such an important initiative and call for other leading companies to join.

Valuable Leader: Mark Carney

Region: United Kingdom

Bank of England’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

The Bank commits to further improving accessibility in the workplace and building an inclusive culture which supports disabled staff.  An important element will be the establishment of a ‘one-stop’ approach to reasonable adjustments to ensure that everyone who needs it can obtain specialist equipment in a simple and effective way.

 

Valuable Leader: Ashok Vaswani

Region: United Kingdom

Barclays’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

Commitment to be completed by December 29th 2019.

Valuable Leader: Robin Sheppard

Region: Global

Bespoke Hotels’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

Bespoke Hotels has conceived and continues to support the www.bluebadgeaccessawards.com and is determined to ensure that access remains a permanent item on our senior Board and individual hotel management meetings as a constant agenda item.  The work that we have done thus far has caused me to be selected as ‘Hotel Sector Champion for Disability Issues’ and we will continue to implement our own programme of design, training, mentoring and welcoming both staff and guests who have disability to contend with.

Robin Sheppard

Chairman, Bespoke Hotels

 

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: Global

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

Cinépolis’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

Commitment to be completed by December 29th 2019.

Valuable Leader: Ernesto Torres Cantu

Region: Central America

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: Richard Houston

Region: United Kingdom

Deloitte’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

At Deloitte we pride ourselves on being a great place to work. Yet – as is our way – we’re always striving to beeven better. We want all our people to thrive and succeed – that’s why we continue to make inclusion an Executive priority.

We are committed to providing an environment of respect, dignity and belonging for all, where our people feel able to be themselves and can realise their ambitions based on their talent, no matter what their background, preferences or personal characteristics. We believe that an inclusive culture that embraces difference is crucial to our firm’s success, both in terms of attracting and retaining the best people and enabling us to provide innovative solutions to our clients’ most complex issues.

Our commitments to disability inclusion include:

  • Implementing a seamless process for workplace adjustments, enabled by agile working and technology
  • Ensuring our working environment is accessible, inclusive and welcoming for all
  • Scaling our approach to recruiting and retaining neurodiverse talent, working with our charity and social enterprise partners
  • Providing awareness and education to ensure that all of our people lead and are led in an inclusive and bias-free way

Valuable Leader: Tirtadjaja Hambali

Region: Asia

DynaPack Asia’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

Dynapack Asia has always given opportunities for people with disabilities to work in our workplace and factories, as we believe disability inclusion creates a positive contribution to our business value.

Our CEO has now aligned to put disability inclusion as one of the key priority initiatives from 2019. We will encourage all our subsidiaries in Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and China to get more engaged and increase their cooperations with disabled communities and institutions. We trust this will support people-development with skills required in our manufacturing industry, as well as enhancing their daily lives with stable revenues.

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: Europe

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.

Duncan Tait

CEO, Fujitsu

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: Stewart Wingate

Region: United Kingdom

Gatwick Airport’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

Commitment to be completed by December 29th 2019.

Valuable Leader: Mark Oun

Region: Israel

Gett’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

Commitment to be completed by December 29th 2019.

Valuable Leader: Nuno Matos

Region: Mexico

HSBC Mexico’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

At HSBC, diversity is part of our roots. We are certain that diversity brings innovation, attracts and retains our talent and improves our work environment. HSBC Mexico will continue to support and promote an inclusive and diverse organization. Specifically for disabilities we commit to:

  • Focus on inclusion and diversity with senior sponsorship, including a disability agenda
  • Raise awareness around disability with the objective of creating an inclusive environment
  • Work together with other companies, in order to learn from and share best practices
  • Promote and increase the inclusion of people with disabilities as part of our diverse workforce

Valuable Leader: Ian Stuart

Region: United Kingdom

HSBC UK’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

Commitment to be completed by December 29th 2019.

Valuable Leader: Simon Martin

Region: Global

Inside Ideas Group & Oliver’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

We are constantly striving to be an inclusive business that treats all people fairly. We fully embrace and encourage the unique contributions of our diverse and talented workforce.

Towards this goal, we promise that employees of every race, colour, creed, class, ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, background and walk of life will be treated equally.

We understand that diversity and inclusion in the workplace is about recognising and appreciating that every individual is different, and therefore all recruitment, training or promotion will be based on professional merit and the individual talents we all have.  

We will work;

  • To ensure that we are making our job adverts attractive as possible to individuals with disabilities and that we are making adjustments to accommodate people at the interview stage and once they enter our business.
  • I will personally chair a roundtable with our employees who are neuro -diverse to gain their feedback and ensure we are supporting them adequately and using their talents in our collaborative communities.
  • We will ensure that our people continue to be trained and developed on how to lead and manage inclusively and empathetically.

 Amina Folarin,

People Director

 

Valuable Leader: Bill Michael

Region: United Kingdom

KPMG’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

Our ambition is to be a magnet for the most talented people, regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or socio-economic background. Inclusion, diversity and social equality are fundamental to this and our future success. Our business thrives when we harness diversity of experience, background and thought to bring together different perspectives. It makes us a great place to work for our people, and it benefits our clients too. We don’t just want to push ourselves. We want to be leaders in this work – with our clients and other stakeholders who look to us for our advice, guidance and action.

 

As part of our Valuable 500 commitment, we will:

  • Continue to prioritise Inclusion, Diversity and Social Equality as a Board level issue, with a focus on disability inclusion
  • Hold ourselves to account by continuing to set and monitor progress against our public disability target
  • Partner with leading disability organisations to enhance our programmes designed to recruit, retain and progress colleagues with disabilities and long term conditions 
  • Use our convening ability to influence the Board level debate around disability and promote Valuable 500 to the wider business community   

 

Valuable Leader: António Horta-Osório

Region: Global

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:

The Menora Mivtachim Group ascribes great importance to providing equal opportunities for all persons in society, including in terms of employment opportunities.

Employees with disabilitiesare providedwith an accommodating and supportive environment adapted to their needs.

All of our offices are accessible in order to assure free movement throughout for all employees and guests thus to provide an environment that is equally accessible to all.

The Menora Mivtachim Group makes sure to provide accessible and equal service to all of its customers with no exception. We do this by delivering regular instructional sessions on accessibility issues to our service employees, making the Group’s digital resources universally accessible, permitting free access to our personal service stands, and ensuring that all requested information is accessible.

We will continue to promote equal opportunities for all persons throughout our operations.

Yehuda Benassayag

CEO, Menora Mivtachim

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: Héctor Pío Lagos Dondé

Region: Global

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: Florian Adamski

Region: Global

OMD Worldwide’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

It’s no secret that diverse talent is good for business and by putting a strong focus on inclusion we create broader opportunities for everyone in the workplace.  At OMD EMEA, we pride ourselves on delivering creative, innovative and empathic solutions for our clients.   We recognise we need to ensure our workforce is made up with people from a wide variety of backgrounds to spark collaboration, raise awareness, encourage open, honest discussions and promote new ways of thinking.   We also recognise our workforce has to reflect the multicultural, diverse communities in which we operate.

 

Our journey toward building a more open and inclusive culture meant we needed to focus on areas of under-representation with disability being one such area.   The Government’s Disability Confident Scheme was a great place to start as it supports people with disabilities to gain employment and provides employers with frameworks and guidance on how we can continue to improve our approaches to attract people with disabilities.

 

We recognised the importance of joining the Scheme to proactively raise awareness around the challenges people with disabilities face when seeking work and to continue our journey as a flexible and inclusive employer.

 

By gaining our Disability Confident Committed level 1 accreditation, we have committed to actioning the following:

  • Using social media, our company website and other portals to enable people to access our vacancies more easily and apply in a manner that fits their needs
  • Offering work experience and internships to provide everybody with opportunities within OMD EMEA
  • Continuing to deliver unconscious bias awareness training to help eliminate bias and to raise awareness
  • Empowering under-represented groups to speak openly about their accomplishments and help our people learn more about each other

 

Florian Adamski

CEO, OMD Worldwide

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: Kevin Ellis

Region: United Kingdom

PwC’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

At PwC we have made a public and internal commitment to improve the diversity of our workforce by building a culture of inclusion –  a culture that empowers all of our people to be the best they can be and where everyone feels valued. Disability is a key area of focus for us in our inclusion strategy. 15% of the UK’s workforce are disabled and 80% of those acquiring disabilities do so between the ages of 18 and 64 – the working age – so this is an important issue for business, and at PwC we have clear actions to support disability inclusion.

 

We’ve made significant investment in a wide range of assistive technology including Dragon, Text Help, Zoom Text etc.  and we have a team dedicated to ensuring our technology is accessible and raising awareness of the specific tools available as well as the native tech in Google and iPhones. Our people can visit our Tech Lounges, which display technology and phone choices, and get advice on which tech tools would best suit their needs.  One of our most popular events is the IT Escape Room, an immersive experience where our people learn about disabilities and assistive technology.

 

Our DAWN network (Disability, Ability, Wellbeing network) has a high profile and is very active in supporting both our disability inclusion and mental health agenda. They provide support, advice and information to their members and regularly host events to raise awareness and understanding of different disabilities. Additionally, their members play an important role advising our premises team on the accessibility of our offices and facilities, and our Inclusion team consults the network to inform the support we provide to people with disabilities.

 

We have a number of external relationships to support our work on disability. We are active members of the Business Disability Forum and consult them to inform our disability inclusion strategy.  Earlier this year we hosted an Accessibility Tech Showcase event for them which brought together accessibility IT companies with other BDF partners and we are members of their Technology Task Force. Our partnership with Auticon ( a social enterprise employing IT consultants on the autism spectrum)  has created work opportunities for individuals with Autism and has enhanced the Firm’s understanding of the adjustments needed to support individuals with autism in the workplace.

Valuable Leader: David Wheldon

Region: United Kingdom

Royal Bank of Scotland’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

Commitment to be completed by December 29th 2019.

Valuable Leader: Mike Coupe & 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: Andrew Bradshaw

Region: Global

SHL’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

Commitment to be completed by December 29th 2019.

Valuable Leader: Andrew Croft

Region: United Kingdom

St James's Place Wealth Management’s Valuable 500 Commitment:

We are focused on creating an inclusive work environment where everyone has the opportunity to achieve their highest potential. Disability, both visible and invisible, is firmly on our agenda and we recognise the valuable contribution and vast potential people with disabilities have to offer. Our Executive Board are committed to leading and driving change by taking actions to improve inclusivity in this area. In 2019 we will:

  • Facilitate a work experience programme with National Star college.Providing students with first-hand experience of working in a corporate environment and giving us an opportunity to learn how we can be more inclusive for those with disabilities.
  • Host an innovation competition for students from Special Education Needs Schools (SEND).Teams willwork together to share ideas and create proposals which will be judged by leaders from St. James’s Place. We will commit to feeding these ideas into our future plans.
  • Continue to develop our recruitment practices to ensure participation is accessible to all.

We are making progress, but we have more to do. We are committed to breaking down the barriers and driving progress through our culture, our people and recruitment practices and our workplaces and technology.

Valuable Leader: Bill Winters

Region: Global

Standard Chartered Bank’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.