Caroline Casey, founder of Valuable 500, is seeking to put disability on the business leadership agenda.
Valuable 500 is a global movement aiming to have 500 organizations sign up for disability leadership inclusion. Valuable 500 is putting disability on the business leadership agenda, it aims to start its campaign for disability inclusion before it introduced the pledge at the World Economic Forum’s annual Davos summit.
Valuable 500 want 500 national and multinational firms to sign up for the campaign, where companies must pledge to table disability on their board’s agenda and make a firm commitment to action.
Since its launch last January, the drive has had more than 460 sign-ups from a number of prominent organizations including the BBC, Deloitte, Sainsbury’s, EY, Microsoft and Unilever. The campaign hopes to reach its goal before the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos on January 24.
Caroline Casey is the founder of the Valuable 500. The Valuable 500’s campaign is global. Casey traveled to India in November to take part in the India Inc/Valuable 500, Drive Value through Disability Inclusion event. The gathering brought together a number of business leaders and influencers in New Delhi to help commit to a more inclusive work environment. After the India summit, Casey said, “Disability can no longer remain on the sidelines of society and for that to happen, it can no longer be on the sidelines of business. (Progress) is happening – it is only the beginning, but it is happening, and I can definitely see it happening in India.”
Asked if she believed India was receptive to disability inclusion, Casey said she thought it was. She believes a number of businesses were trying to be aware of their diversity and inclusion practices but acknowledged that there was still a long way to go.
Conversations with the younger generation across the world will be very vital to progress in putting disability on the business leadership agenda, Casey believes.