Press release: BDF appoint Barclays as first ‘Founder Leader’ following 25 years of outstanding work on disability

07 November 2016

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London, UK: Barclays has become the first company to be named a Founder Leader by Business Disability Forum (BDF) in recognition of the bank’s exemplar status for disability performance. 

The new status recognises 25 years of excellent disability performance by the company as first a Founder and then a Partner of BDF and will be a status open to any BDF Partner or Member that has been with BDF for more than 20 years, achieves Silver or better on a consistent basis using the Disability Standard and is committed to sharing its insights and experience of working with BDF to establish its exemplar disability performance.

In 2012, 2013 and 2016 Barclays achieved Gold certification in BDF’s world-renowned Disability Standard, which helps organisations plan and measure improvements in their disability performance across the whole organisation. Barclays garnered a remarkable 98% score in the assessment in 2016, the highest score awarded for organisations using Disability Standard. 

BDF will also happily confirm any BDF Partner or Member which achieves the Founder Leader status will have confirmation as tier three leaders for the Government's Disability Confident scheme which has a focus on particular aspects of recruitment and retention of disabled employees.

George Selvanera, Strategy and External Affairs Director at BDF, said:

“We are proud to acknowledge Barclays as the first Founder Leader in recognition of their longstanding commitment to shifting the dial around disability in business. 

“Barclays has been associated with BDF from its inception and have demonstrated outstanding performance since then, achieving Gold status in the Disability Standard this year, and staying strongly committed to sharing what works to the benefit of business and disabled people’.  

“We hope that Barclays’ Founder Leader status will encourage other organisations who are also at the forefront of building more disability-smart organisations to work towards achieving this status too.”

Mark Mclane, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Barclays, said:

“Barclays is delighted to be the first business to be recognised as a Founder Leader by BDF. We have been actively engaged in the work of BDF for 25 years and see this as a tangible demonstration of our aspiration to become the most accessible and inclusive FTSE 100 company.

As Founder Leaders, we remain committed to sharing best practice and to continuing to learn from others as part of our drive to improve access and inclusion for all colleagues, customers and clients. We look forward to being part of a growing body of Founder Leaders in the future.”




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:  

2.    For more information about BDF’s Disability Standard please visit:   

3.    For further information on BDF please contact Samuel Buckley on