Whistl stands up for people with disabilities

Whistl has joined the Valuable 500 group of companies that aim to practice as they preach with regard people with disabilities.

The Valuable 500 was launched at Davos in 2019 and aims to tackle the trend of businesses claiming that they are diverse but ignoring disability as a definition of diversity.

The aim of the programme is to get 500 private sector, national and multinational businesses to be the tipping point of change and to unlock the business, social and economic value of people living with disabilities across the world.

As part of its programme of activities Whistl has committed to:

– Ensuring both visible and invisible disability is on the agenda at board-level
– Developing its Diversity and Inclusion strategy and making D&I training mandatory for all people managers

– Reducing the stigma around discussing mental health, through various company initiatives focused on mental health awareness and support.

Nick Wells, CEO of Whistl, said: “Whistl has always been a company that is all about our people and our customers. By joining The Valuable 500, we aim to continue to build an even more inclusive, supportive and diverse business, where everyone feels supported and included. “Doing the right thing is at the heart of our Whistl practices and we don’t want to leave anyone behind.”

Carline Casey, Founder of The Valuable 500 said: “It’s no longer good enough for companies to say ‘disability doesn’t fit with our brand or it’s a good idea to explore next year’s. Businesses cannot be truly inclusive if disability is continuingly ignored on leadership agendas.

“We also need brands that are already great examples of inclusive behaviour to show other businesses how it’s done, and help us end à la carte inclusion – because the potential of 1.3 billion should not be ignored.”