The Valuable 500: Over a Third of Companies Pledge to Accelerate Disability Inclusion in the Wake of COVID-19
The findings highlight the impact of COVID-19 on diversity and inclusion, concluding that 35% of companies are now more aware than ever of the needs of people with disabilities and are accelerating their actions and commitments to disability inclusion and accessibility. Changing perceptions around remote and flexible working, and a growing realization of the importance of an inclusive and diverse corporate culture, have been identified as contributing factors for this trend.
Whilst this is positive news in the midst of a global crisis, other key learnings from the report drive home that there is still a long way to go until equality is truly achieved.
15% of organisations surveyed have had to shelve efforts around disability inclusion due to immediate challenges in the wake of a global health pandemic. Despite 88% of corporations claiming disability inclusion is important to their business strategy – only 8% regularly include people with disabilities in marketing and communications.
Launched on the main stage at the
The latest global companies to join the movement are Barilla, Black & Veatch, Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Calvin Klein, Dentsu,
Today, The Valuable 500 also calls on businesses globally to join the movement and pledge to put disability on their board agendas. As it stands, there are 56 Valuable 500 members within the
The Valuable 500's goal is critical as 15% of people worldwide live with a disability. When you include the families of those living with a disability, this number rises to 53%. Under US regulation, businesses can apply for permits to pay disabled employees well below the federal minimum wage of
"It's important we simultaneously celebrate the progress made over the past 30 years on the anniversary of the
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SOURCE The Valuable 500