Wilson James joins the Valuable 500

27th January 2020

 

 

We are proud to announce we have joined the Valuable 500! This business to business initiative calls on 500 global businesses to commit to placing disability inclusion on their business leadership agendas.

Late last year we launched our public commitments as a business to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and listed our priorities as championing ability, LGBT inclusion and continued mental health awareness and support. Joining the Valuable 500 is the first action on our 2020 agenda. It requires that a new, permanent agenda item is added to our operational boards around physical and hidden disabilities. We’re one of 500 influential business leaders who’ve made a commitment to putting people with disabilities at the heart of their business agenda in order to harness the potential of 1.3 billion people with disabilities.

While there is much for us to do, we are proud of our award-winning pilot programmes with clients and the investment in training at some of our contracts (our aviation contracts in particular) around hidden disabilities are informing our work.

Gemma Quirke, our Managing Director for Security and Aviation at Wilson James and strategic lead for EDI: “We are very pleased to have joined the Valuable 500 and its mission of driving disability inclusion as a business agenda at board level. The commitments it requires of its members ensure that, far from being paid lip service, inclusivity is a key strategic priority for organisations who recognise that diversity is a strength. The industries in which Wilson James operates require more voices and perspectives than ever before if we are to fulfil our responsibilities and objectives. Whether improving engagement across our workforce, or ensuring inclusive recruitment, we are proud to partner with other organisations who are prioritising the 1.3 billion individuals living with disability worldwide.”