Daimler is part of “The Valuable 500”, a global initiative putting disability inclusion on the business agenda.
The Valuable 500 was launched at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in January 2019. The initiative is calling for 500 companies to advance disability inclusion in their organisation. The goal is to create a tipping point within business that unlocks the social and economic value of people living with disabilities around the world.
By joining The Valuable 500, we stand up for Daimler’s core values: We demand and foster equal opportunity and a working environment of appreciation and mutual respect. The Valuable 500 is a strong worldwide initiative that emphasizes disability inclusion and diversity - topics we continuously work on and enrich our corporate culture.
What is Daimler’s commitment?
By joining The Valuable 500 Daimler made a concrete commitment for the inclusion of people with disabilities within the organization:
We promote an enabling and inclusive work environment. This comprises:
Employment: We include people with disabilities on an equal footing: On the basis of our inclusion agreement, we create jobs for people with disabilities and promote their further qualification. Our action plan for severely disabled trainees opens up a wide range of commercial and technical professions for young people.
Inclusive culture: We offer trainings for employees and managers to form an inclusive mindset and promote inclusive leadership. With specific communication activities and events, we sensitize our workforce for diversity and inclusion. Communication material and guidelines help our employees to be inclusive themselves.
Accessibility at work: We focus on digital accessibility. Having installed an interdisciplinary working group, we put our attention on developing accessible IT systems by pursuing a human-centered design approach and on implementing accessible communication in our company. A training concept supports the development of accessible tools in our IT departments.
We contribute to societal inclusiveness. This comprises:
Accessible Products & Costumer Services: We offer a comprehensive portfolio of driving aids for our cars & vans, if required even individually tailored, for example a hand control unit for throttle and braking. In terms of wheelchair accessibility and transportation, we cooperate with international bodybuilders. Furthermore, we are working on digital solutions to promote sustainable inclusive mobility.
Stakeholder Engagement: We cooperate with charitable organizations and associations that support people with disabilities. We put the topic on the agenda of events and exchange with partners to strengthen our common impact on inclusiveness. Additionally, we back the civil engagement of our employees with donations and sponsorships by supporting social days or fundraising.