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Travis Perkins makes formal commitment to disability inclusion

Elements of the commitment include, building its partnership with the Business Disability Forum to become ‘disability confident’ and ensuring that its colleagues and leaders have the ‘skills and knowledge’ they need to be inclusive of people with disabilities

Travis Perkins has formally announced its commitment to disability inclusion after joining The Valuable 500 last year. 

According to the group, the commitment is part of a “wider strategy” to build a fully inclusive workplace for its 20,000 colleagues who work across its offering . It also extends to the group’s customers and suppliers. 

Elements of the commitment include, building its partnership with the Business Disability Forum to become “disability confident” and ensuring that its colleagues and leaders have the “skills and knowledge” they need to be inclusive of people with disabilities. 

Furthermore, it will establish a ‘colleague ability network’ which brings together colleagues from across the business to give those with disabilities a “stronger voice” in shaping an inclusive working environment and ways of working. 

Finally, the group said it will “work together” across its business to develop a consistent process for making adjustments for colleagues with disabilities and to “enable them to thrive”. 

James Mackenzie, managing director for Toolstation and ability sponsor for Travis Perkins, said: “Today’s formal commitment will help us realise our ambition through some practical steps, so we continue to change mindsets and make our business fully accessible to colleagues with disabilities, both seen and unseen, over time. 

“We look forward to working with our colleagues to deliver on these objectives and to build a thriving workplace for everyone.”

The Valuable 500 was launched at the 2019 World Economic Forum Meeting in Davos, with a goal of getting 500 international companies to commit to putting disability inclusion on their board agenda. 

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