Alstom joins global network to boost disability inclusion

The Valuable 500Alstom has joined The Valuable 500, the largest network of global CEOs committed to diversity, ensuring disability inclusion features prominently in its leadership agenda.

Alstom’s commitments are both external, concerning the accessibility of its mobility solutions to all passengers, and internal, concerning inclusiveness within the company’s workforce.

As part of its strategic plan Alstom in Motion, launched in 2019, Alstom’s operating values have been explicitly identified as ‘Agile’, ‘Inclusive’ and ‘Responsible’. The company’s position on disability inclusion can be found in the description of the value ‘Inclusive’: “We design inclusive mobility solutions in a work environment and culture where all differences are embraced, respected and leveraged without any bias. Everyone has the opportunity to contribute and achieve success in Alstom.”

“We are very proud to be listed among the global companies that consider inclusion a priority. Including people with disabilities in the workplace is not only the right thing to do, it also helps Alstom create better solutions for customers and passengers around the world. Developing more inclusive products and services, as well as ensuring that our workforce reflects the diversity of passengers, leads to better outcomes for everyone,” Anne-Sophie Chauveau-Galas, Senior Vice President Human Resources said.

Alstom’s commitment to customers and their passengers is to improve the universal accessibility in the mobility sector, part of which ensures full accessibility for people with disabilities. This objective can be reached by boosting universal accessibility through integrated design of company’s solutions and services and by ensuring the participation of people with particular needs in R&D projects.

As Alstom’s workforce must reflect the diversity of the world’s passengers, the company commits to increasing the number of employees with disabilities, with particular attention to the challenging misconceptions about disability and employment, providing skills and tools needed to recruit and retain people with disabilities, demonstrating the commitment at all levels of the organisation and indicating steps that each person can take and fostering the conditions for a more inclusive work environment for people with disabilities, minimising the impact that an individual’s impairment may have.

The Valuable 500 is a global movement putting disability inclusion on the business leadership agenda. This not-for-profit organisation has the objective to unite at least 500 of the most influential business leaders and their brands to stimulate systemic change from a business, social and economic point view. The aim is to unlock the social and economic value of people living with disabilities across the world, because the potential of 1.3 billion people should not be ignored.

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