At its 2nd annual Equality Summit in New York this week, Bloomberg announced it is the latest company to commit to The Valuable 500, a global campaign which strives to ensure businesses recognise the importance of the world’s one billion people living with disabilities.
The campaign, launched at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Summit in Davos earlier this year, aims to get global business leaders to commit to real accountability and action on disability inclusion, by taking a simple first step and adding the topic of disability to their board agendas in 2019.
Bloomberg is dedicated to diversity and inclusion and focused on fostering a culture that values difference, promotes inclusion and encourages collaboration to drive business results. The company demonstrates its commitment to creating a supportive and comfortable environment for people with disabilities and their allies through a wide range of initiatives. Examples include:
To further drive this issue on the global business leadership agenda, Peter T. Grauer, Bloomberg’s Chairman, has pledged his support for the campaign, joining other high-profile executives including Paul Polman, Sir Richard Branson, Janet Riccio, and Mark Weinberger.
“At Bloomberg, we are committed to implementing programs and accommodations for those with disabilities to succeed and thrive in our workplace,” said Grauer. “Strong, diverse teams help us innovate, execute and succeed in a highly competitive global environment.”
Bloomberg will also jointly develop content with #valuable later this year to highlight disability inclusion by companies that are part of The Valuable 500.
The Valuable 500 was launched by Caroline Casey, award-winning activist, social entrepreneur and the founder of Binc who is registered blind, at the WEF press conference “The Case for Disability Inclusion,” following EY research which demonstrates that disability is only discussed by around 4% of global businesses.
“It is fantastic to welcome Bloomberg on board as part of The Valuable 500. Bloomberg is a leading force in the news, finance and tech industry and will provide a voice that the one billion disabled people around the world so desperately need in order to end a la carte inclusion in the workplace. When global business makes a move, society follows,” said Caroline Casey, founder of #valuable. “Having high-profile business leaders like Peter Grauer support The Valuable 500 is enormous for the campaign, so we are delighted to have him on board, and urge other leaders to get involved in paving the way for businesses to be truly inclusive.”
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