The Valuable 500 launches the Valuable Directory of business disability intelligence and experts

The Valuable 500s Stephane Leblois

The Valuable 500, a network of global CEOs committed to disability inclusion, has launched the Valuable Directory, convening business disability intelligence and experts from across the globe. It is made up of 77 consultants, suppliers and solutions providers all of which have demonstrated that they have extensive experience in their fields and have been highly recommended by thought leaders in the disability space. 52 per cent of the consultants, suppliers and solution partners listed are female-founded or led.

Hosted within the Valuable 500’s Digital Hub, the Directory connects members with disability experts around the world to assist them to progress commitments into action. This first iteration showcases 77 businesses that have been vetted by 21 respected thought leaders across the global disability space. This is the first directory of its kind as it has been created by disabled people for disabled people.

Last year, the Valuable 500 created a global RFP specifying that successful applicants would need to have a proven track record of adding value to the disability space as well as a referral. Each applicant was asked to submit letters of intent, evidence of their previous deliverables and a supporting statement. Out of 140 initial applicants, 77 were chosen to be featured within the first iteration of the Directory and further members will be added on an annual basis with new applicants undergoing the same vetting process. The Directory includes, but is not limited to, expertise within the realms of inclusive marketing; organisational culture; accessible physical environments; digital accessibility; inclusive recruitment; and mental health & safety training

The Directory will enable each member of the collective to tap into expertise and introductions facilitated by the Valuable 500. The work on putting the Directory together has already led to some great collaborations including inclusive design specialists, Studio Exception, which has been hired by several Valuable 500 members including Sky, Spotify and Jaguar Land Rover to take on inclusive innovation on their far-reaching customer products – making them more inclusive for those with disabilities and better for all customers. They also conduct internal audits, interviewing employees, customers and disability advocates on how they connect with and react to the brands and their offerings.

“It is truly exciting to have closely collaborated with our colleagues in the disability community to create this unique community of disability inclusion experts,” said Stephane Leblois, Director of Partnerships at The Valuable 500. “By creating this global directory, we will be able to further support the Valuable 500 companies in advancing their disability inclusion and accessibility work. The Valuable Directory is a brilliant tool that will continue to evolve to meet their changing needs and reflect the complexity of designing and implementing successful disability inclusion strategies.”

It is estimated that 15 per cent of the global population are people with disabilities and this number significantly increases to 53 per cent when families of those living with disabled people are taken into account with a spending power of $13 trillion per annum. The Valuable Directory is the latest tool provided by the Valuable 500 to assist its members to successfully address this market and benefit from the significant pool of talent, and diversity of thought of people with disabilities as employees and customers.