Press release: Business Disability Forum given Disability Confident Leader status

19 April 2017

London, UK: Business Disability Forum has achieved Disability Confident Leader status, making them one of the top performers under the scheme.

Minister of State for Disabled People, Penny Mordaunt MP, handed over the certificate in person at Business Disability Forum’s annual conference on 11 April.

The Minister praised the organisation for “leading by example” on disability

Business Disability Forum sees Disability Confident as a key stage in becoming disability-smart. It points to its own Disability Standard, a renowned tool for assessing performance across whole organisations, as another important step.

Having achieved Disability Confident Leader status, Business Disability Forum will continue to measure and build on its work around disabled people, using its own advice service as a key source of expert guidance.

Diane Lightfoot, Chief Executive Officer of Business Disability Forum, welcomed the accreditation and said that Disability Confident was a useful step for any organisation hoping to become disability-smart.

Diane said:

“Being accredited as a Disability Confident Leader is a proud achievement. That said we always feel that such recognition should be a driver for further progress.

 “For our Members and Partners, the message is always to follow Disability Confident with a constant programme of review, improvement and commitment to build on that success. Our own Disability Standard forms a major next step to best practice, taking an organisation-wide approach to embedding disability practice.”

The Minister for Disabled People, Work and Health, Penny Mordaunt, said:

“It’s great that the Business Disability Forum has become a Disability Confident Leader. Being Disability Confident means breaking down the barriers which for too long have held disabled people back, and ensuring everyone has the opportunity to succeed in life.

“Over the last year alone almost 300,000 disabled people have entered work, but there is more to do to halve the disability employment gap. Employers must ensure they don’t miss out on some of the best talent in their community. Disabled people make up a significant proportion of the potential workforce and by extending these opportunities, we can have a Britain that works for everyone.”

 

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Notes to Editors

  1. Business Disability Forum represents around 300 organisations that employ 15% of the UK workforce. We have more than twenty-five years’ experience of equipping people with the expertise to create confident organisations by improving the understanding of disability in business, removing barriers and making adjustments for individuals.
  2. Our Disability Standard (http://businessdisabilityforum.org.uk/disability-standard/) is the authoritative measure of how disability-smart an organisation is, providing a way to improve customer and employee experiences. The Disability Standard is kindly sponsored by Accenture.
  3. The Technology Taskforce came together in 2008 to enable global and UK Business to make accessibility and usability fundamental to ICT http://businessdisabilityforum.org.uk/our-offer/technology-taskforce
  4. For more information, contact Samuel Buckley, Press Officer, by phone on 020 7403 3020 or by emailing samuelb@businessdisabilityforum.org.uk.