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#Valuable 500 Campaign Launches to Promote Disability Inclusion in Business

A new campaign that will hold global business leaders accountable for disability inclusion in their businesses launched at this year’s World Economic Forum Annual Summit in Davos, Switzerland (25th January 2019).

For the first time in global history, disability inclusion was a key part of the main agenda as influential business leaders from many multinational corporations discussed the benefits of making disability a focus for good business practice.

Irish social entrepreneur and disability activist, Caroline Casey is behind the campaign to get 500 businesses to commit to putting disability on their board agendas this year. Unilever, Microsoft, Barclays, Fujitsu, Cinepolis, and Accenture were the first businesses to sign up and become members.

For further information on the campaign and how you can get involved, please click here.

The Valuable 500 seeks to tackle the trend for businesses to claim they are diverse but exclude disability from their definition of diversity. Research by EY commissioned by #valuable has found disability is still woefully absent from the majority of board level discussions globally – with the majority (56%) of global senior executives rarely or never discussing disability on their leadership agendas.

A new satirical video, Diversish, created to mark the launch of #Valuable 500, reveals that while many businesses call themselves diverse, most overlook, ignore or postpone anything to do with disability. The campaign calls for business leaders to stop being diversish – and commit to real accountability and action on disability inclusion, by taking a simple first step and tabling disability on their board agendas.

To watch the Diversish video on YouTube, please click here.

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