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Big four professional services firms sign up to disability inclusion scheme

Sep 17
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All of the 'big four' professional services firms in the UK - Deloitte, KPMG, EY and PwC - are now signed up to The Valuable 500, an initiative that aims to place disability inclusion at the centre of the business agenda.

Deloitte, KPMG and PwC all confirmed their commitment to the campaign on September 13th, while EY has already pledged its support at a global level.

The companies said this joint move - which represents the first ever collaboration on disability inclusion in business between all four leading accountancy organisations - puts the professional services sector "at the forefront of creating better inclusivity in business".

At the heart of The Valuable 500 is a goal to have 500 global corporate leaders and brands commit to putting disability on their board agendas in 2019. The initiative was launched at the World Economic Forum's annual summit in Davos, Switzerland, earlier this year, and firms employing more than two million people worldwide have signed up so far.

There has recently been encouraging progress in the financial services sector, with a number of major banks agreeing to take part, including:

  • Barclays
  • HSBC
  • The Bank of England
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Lloyds Banking Group

The commitment to The Valuable 500 is the latest in a number of positive steps taken in the professional services sector with regards to disability inclusion. Deloitte, KPMG and PwC have all worked with Auticon on targeted hiring to make the most of the cognitive strengths of people with autism, while KPMG is collaborating with the Department for Work and Pensions as a Disability Confidence Leader.

Caroline Casey, founder of The Valuable 500, said: "Deloitte UK, EY, KPMG UK and PwC UK, the big four professional services organisations, have the national power to make a difference in their sector, and therefore the responsibility to really make a difference.

"It is fantastic that they are standing up together to speak for those who have been routinely ignored in business and society."

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