Press release: Best businesses for disability awareness, support and accessibility to be named at Disability-smart Awards 2016

31 October 2016

London, UK: The winners of the 2016 Disability-smart Awards will be announced on Wednesday 9 November at Nationwide in London.

Organised by Business Disability Forum (BDF), the awards are given to companies that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to employing, working with and doing business with disabled people.

They recognise organisations that exhibit leading practice within the ten criteria of the world-leading Disability Standard, with special recognition for disability champions – employees who have taken a leading role in making their organisations disability-smart.

The Disability Standard is an online management tool that supports business in their journey to becoming disability-smart and improve performance for disabled customers, employees and stakeholders. 

The judging panel for the awards includes leading experts in the area of disability, representatives from BDF's Member and Partner organisations and disabled opinion leaders.

Geoff Adams-Spink, former BBC Disability Correspondent and long-standing BDF Associate, joins the awards judging panel again this year.

He said: “BDF exists to encourage companies to share best practice in the field of disability equality - whether it is for customers or employees with an impairment or long-term health condition.  

“This is my third year as a judge of the Disability-smart Awards: I believe that the awards encourage and publicise innovation and out-of-the-box thinking among companies and public sector bodies. I have been truly amazed by some of the entries in the past two years and I look forward to this year’s awards being similarly cutting-edge.”

David Goodchild, Joint Interim CEO at BDF, said:

“Our Disability-smart Awards are one of the many ways we help organisations to achieve best practice around disability and recognise the excellent work already going on among our Members and Partners.

“Many of last year’s winners went on to make even greater progress, with Barclays, who won awards for IT and Retention, going on to achieve the highest ever score in our Disability Standard. 

”We hope that this year’s winners will serve as a leading example for other UK businesses in terms of demonstrating a commitment to disabled customers, employees and stakeholders.”

 

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Notes to editors 

1.    Business Disability Forum is a not-for-profit business consortium that represents some 300 organisations that employ 20% of the UK workforce. We have more than twenty years’ experience of working with public and private sector employers and service providers. For more information about the Forum please visit: http://www.businessdisabilityforum.org.uk/about-us/ 

2.    For further information on the Disability-smart awards, including a full list of award categories please visit: http://www.businessdisabilityforum.org.uk/our-services/disability-smart-award/

3.    For further information on the Disability Standard please visit: http://www.businessdisabilityforum.org.uk/disability-standard/