11 Jun 2019 | 09:00 am | 1 min. read
International law firm Pinsent Masons has signed up to the Valuable 500 campaign which seeks to place disability inclusion on the board agenda of 500 global businesses.
The Valuable 500, which was launched at the World Economic Forum's Annual Summit in January, urges global business leaders to become accountable for disability inclusion in their businesses.
Pinsent Masons joins 42 organisations in a pledge to table disability on its board agenda, and make a commitment of action for 2019.
The firm will strive to remove barriers for employees with disabilities and promote an environment that supports health and wellbeing for all. This includes:
reviewing our recruitment process in conjunction with and 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 at Pinsent Masons, says:
"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."
Marianne Waite, Director of The Valuable 500 campaign, continues to call for support of global business leaders to recognise the importance of disability inclusion in acknowledgement of the 1.3 billion disabled people around the world:
"With the likes of Gett, Alexander Mann Solutions, Pinsent Masons LLP and Porter Novelli amongst the latest cohort of businesses to pledge their support, we are delighted with the momentum The Valuable 500 is gaining. But we urge other global business to follow suit, and put an end to diversish behaviour, because without the support of global businesses and brands, change in society will not happen".
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