SBFM is pleased to announce that our business is now recognised as a Disability Confident Committed Employer.
The Government-supported scheme supports organisations like ours to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to the workplace, by changing attitudes, behaviours and cultures for the better.
As a Disability Confident business, we will be able to draw from the widest possible pool of talent and recruit and retain great people across our organisation.
According to recent figures from Scope, despite more than 4.7 million disabled people being in work, the employment rate of disabled people is 53%, compared to 82% of non-disabled people.
This means the disability employment gap – a statistics that measures the difference between the employment rate of disabled people, compared to that of non-disabled people – remains at 29%.
SBFM’s important commitment presents us with a real opportunity to lead the way and play a role in closing this gap and improving how we open the world of work to people living with disabilities.
By becoming Disability Confident Committed, SBFM will be able to continue to promote a fair recruitment process that is inclusive and accessible.
This will include promoting vacancies and offering interviews to disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for the job, in turn, allowing SBFM to create a more diverse workplace that inspires and celebrates inclusivity.
Existing employees will also receive support. By making adjustments that help them, as well as supporting any existing employee who acquires a disability or long-term health condition, we will enable our talented team to remain in work.
Kelly Dolphin, Learning and Social Impact Director at SBFM, said: “At SBFM we believe that at the heart of a high-quality and successful business is a diverse team of talented people. As we continue our focus on continual improvement, this commitment will allow us give back to society by supporting local communities and providing disabled people with opportunities and support to gain employment.”
“This commitment is the first step in an ongoing journey for SBFM as we continue to introduce initiatives to break down barriers, improve our employee experience, and encourage all individuals to work for our organisation.”Kelly Dolphin, Learning and Social Impact Director at SBFM
To find out more about becoming a Disability Confident Committed Employer, visit: https://disabilityconfident.campaign.gov.uk/