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Leading from the front: Disability and the role of the board - Progress, a year on

Leading from the front

A review looking back on activities at board level in the past year to improve disability and mental health inclusion.

Tony Cates

Partner and Non-Executive UK Board member

KPMG in the UK


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One in five people in the UK live with a disability or long term condition, and the estimated value of the ‘Purple Pound’ to the UK economy is £249 billion. Disability inclusion is not only the right thing to do, there is a strong business case from both a talent and consumer perspective. 

In association with Purple, we published the report Leading from the Front: Disability and the role of the board last year. The report outlined the full extent of the business opportunity that disability inclusion presents and best practices which provided a good springboard for senior leaders to start or continue their organisation’s disability inclusion journey. 

Since then, the conversation around disability has been changing. In this short review Progress, a year on, we reflect on the progress made by organisations in the UK in the last year to identify key learnings on areas of success and improvement. We also share our ‘TEACH’ framework to support your board in developing an effective strategy.

Every organisation will have its own unique challenges and there is no ‘silver bullet’. The aim here is to provoke further discussion and – above all – action at the board and senior leadership level.

If you require other accessible formats of the review please contact Mark Russell Inclusion, Diversity and Social Equality advisor at KPMG in the UK.

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