Travis Perkins commits to disability inclusion

Travis Perkins plc has made a formal commitment to disability inclusion after joining The Valuable 500 initiative last year.

The group plans to build a partnership with the Business Disability Forum to become disability confident and ensure that Travis Perkins’ colleagues have the skills and knowledge to be inclusive of people with disabilities.

Building a great place to work for people with disabilities is an integral part of the group’s broader equality, diversity and inclusion agenda, which has been developed as part of the wider strategy to build a fully inclusive workplace for the 20,000 colleagues who work across the group.

Establishing a colleague ability network, which brings together colleagues from across the business to give staff with disabilities a stronger voice is also part of Travis Perkins’ plans in shaping an inclusive working environment.

The Group also plans to work together across the business to develop a consistent process for adjusting for colleagues with disabilities.

James Mackenzie, managing director for Toolstation, an ability sponsor for Travis Perkins plc, said: “We acknowledge that creating a more inclusive environment which celebrates and nurtures diversity will be crucial to our future success as a business and as an industry. Signing up to The Valuable 500 initiative was an important first step for us in articulating our aspirations and putting disabilities on our leadership agenda.

“Today’s formal commitment will help us realise our ambition through some practical steps, so we continue to change mindsets and make our business fully accessible to colleagues with disabilities, both seen and unseen, over time.”