National legal business DWF hosted a showcase event to celebrate the achievements of the Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI) award winners and recognise their commitment to creating diverse and inclusive working environments for disabled talent.
The event, held at DWF’s London office in the Walkie Talkie building, welcomed the Minister for Disabled People, Justin Tomlinson MP, who commended all winners and discussed the Government’s aim to halve the disability employment gap. It also provided an opportunity for a number of award winners to share key learnings on how to implement an inclusive approach to recruitment and development.
In November 2015, RIDI announced the award winners, including AbilityNet, E.ON, Equal Approach, Lloyds Banking Group, Remploy, SEQOL and The Clear Company, to recognise organisations driving change in recruitment and removing barriers for disabled people entering and progressing through the job market.
Tyrone Jones, director of corporate social responsibility and engagement at DWF, said: “Today’s event offered a real opportunity to commend UK businesses that recognise, like us, the valuable contribution disabled people make to business and that everyone should have the opportunity to reach their full potential in a supportive environment.
“It was fantastic to invite this year’s RIDI award winners to a showcase event where we could celebrate businesses that are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive working environment for all and removing any challenges that disabled people may face.”
Justin Tomlinson MP, Minister for Disabled People, said: “The past two years has seen over 339,000 more disabled people in work - the equivalent of 465 more disabled people experiencing the financial, social and mental health benefits of having a job each and every day. There are now more than 3.2 million disabled people in employment.
“However, despite this success, for disabled people wishing to enter the workforce - or progress their careers - the recruitment process itself can often be a challenge. Disabled people make up nearly one fifth of the population and we are committed to ensuring that they have the same opportunities as anyone else. The Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI) is simultaneously working towards removing barriers, increasing understanding and ensuring that disabled people has every opportunity to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.
“This is something that requires a coordinated effort across the private and public sectors and I am looking forward to the on-going partnership between the government’s Disability Confident campaign and RIDI throughout 2016."