Press release: House of Commons joins Business Disability Forum’s Partner Group

21 October 2016

London, UK:  The House of Commons is becoming a Partner of Business Disability Forum to help lead the conversation about disability and accessibility.

As a Partner organisation of the Forum, they are joining some of the world’s largest employers to highlight their commitment to becoming disability-smart and to share best practice. 

The House of Commons first joined BDF as a Member in 2000.

Representatives from the House of Commons will now join BDF’s President’s Group, which brings together business leaders to discuss how organisations can become disability-smart.

They will also join BDF’s Technology Taskforce, a business think-tank dedicated to widening digital accessibility. 

The move comes after the House of Commons this year achieved Silver status in BDF’s Disability Standard which scores an organisations’ performance on disability across the whole business from their products and services to their recruitment and facilities. The House of Commons received a score of 83 per cent, an increase of nearly 50 per cent from their last assessment in 2013.  

They were found to excel in retaining disabled employees ,making visitors to the House feel welcome and received particular praise for their wellbeing and disability-related initiatives. 

David Goodchild, Joint Interim CEO of BDF, said:

“We have already been hugely impressed by the dedication and enthusiasm of the House in becoming disability-smart. Our Disability Standard assessment in July found that disability was embedded as a ‘business-as-usual’ topic across the organisation, and that this culture was supported by well-structured disability and wellbeing initiatives.” 

Angela Matthews, Senior Disability Consultant at BDF, will be working closely with the House of Commons as they continue to develop their disability strategy. 

Angela said:

“I am excited to be working more closely with a very knowledgeable and friendly team who ensure disabled people’s voices are at the heart of strategy and service design. The House of Commons have proved themselves to be a leader in many areas of disability as it affects business and I welcome them warmly to the BDF Partner Group”.

Anne Foster, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at the House of Commons, said:

“Having worked with BDF for a number of years, we are delighted to now join the Partner Group. We look forward to an even closer working relationship and strategic collaboration, helping us to further embed our inclusive approach.”

ENDS

 

Notes to editors

1.    Business Disability Forum (BDF) is a world-leading membership body bringing together business and the public sector to build disability-smart organisations. BDF has more than 25 years’ experience of working with public and private sector employers and service providers. For more information about the Forum please visit: http://businessdisabilityforum.org.uk/about-us.  

2.    For more information on Business Disability Forum’s Disability Standard please visit: http://www.businessdisabilityforum.org.uk/disability-standard/

3.    For further information on BDF please contact Samuel Buckley on Samuelb@businessdisabilityforum.org.uk.