Press release: House of Commons achieves Silver in Business Disability Forum's Disability Standard

27 July 2016

London, UK – The House of Commons has become the latest organisation to be recognised for outstanding disability performance and commitment to disabled people by achieving Silver status in Business Disability Forum's (BDF) world-renown Disability Standard. 

The Disability Standard is only business-led management tool used to assess a company’s whole organisational approach to disability. Analysing 10 essential criteria, including physical accessibility, workplace adjustments and products and services, the Disability Standard allows businesses to measure their entire performance on disability and identify ways to improve their strategy for disabled customers, clients, service users, employees and stakeholders

The House of Commons scored a commendable 83% overall, achieving Silver status and becoming part of BDF's Roll of Honour. The organisation achieved an almost 50% increase upon its last Disability Standard score in 2013. The House of Commons is also only the second organisation this year to have been named on the Roll of Honour.

Angela Matthews, Senior Disability Consultant with the Business Disability Forum, said:

"We are very happy to have awarded the House of Commons Silver status in their Disability Standard evaluation. This is an outstanding achievement; particularly since BDF’s high-achievers in the Disability Standard are mostly larger businesses with access to a comparatively sizable range of resources.

"The House of Commons should be immensely encouraged and proud of this achievement. It is visible to BDF how hard and enthusiastically the House have worked since its last submission. Disability-related work at the House of Commons is well-structured, and it is clear that disability is an embedded ‘business as usual’ topic across the organisation." 

A demonstrable organisational-wide commitment to procedural and effective use of equality analysis has clearly been pivotal in the House of Commons being equipped to consider and plan resources effectively to support the needs and talents of disabled employees, customers and other stakeholders. 

The Disability Standard evaluation carried out by BDF found that the House of Commons excels in retaining disabled employees and in providing an inclusive experience for visitors to the House. Evidence was given where employees had been well supported in their roles and there are evidently a wide range of ways in which staff can access information and take part in wellbeing and disability-related initiatives. It is also significant that, along with a much-improved overall score, the House of Commons continue to work on implementing a workplace adjustments process that covers the whole organisation.

The House of Commons is willing to share its learning and exchange ideas with other disability and diversity teams in other organisations, and BDF repeatedly upholds the House as an exemplar to other organisations in many areas – equality analysis being the most recent example, but also for the organisation's excellent ‘Role Models’ campaign. Anne Foster, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, was a much-valued speaker at BDF’s recruitment and retention conference in April 2016 where she spoke about this campaign. It attracted the attention of many organisations in both the public and the private sector.


For more information about the Disability Standard and to view the Roll of Honour, please visit




Notes to editors 

  • The House of Commons has been a Member of Business Disability Forum since 2000.
  • Business Disability Forum is a world-leading membership body bringing together business and the public sector to build disability-smart organisations. Formerly called the Employers’ Forum on Disability, the company 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:
  • For more information about the Disability Standard and to view the Roll of Honour, please visit 


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