Our commitment to inclusion

As an employer, Sightsavers is committed to inclusion and diversity in the workplace.

In line with our work on disability rights and equality, we actively strive to create a diverse and inclusive global organisation for all our current and future employees.

We actively promote inclusion within our networks and monitor gaps in our workforce to identify opportunities to recruit and retain diverse staff.

Sightsavers is a Disability Confident employer with Level 3 accreditation, an accolade awarded to employers that are leaders in inclusion.

We’re a member of the PurpleSpace networking hub to support employees with disabilities.

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Our journey towards workplace inclusion

Sightsavers is committed to recruiting, training and ensuring the wellbeing of a diverse workforce. Follow the timeline of our journey towards becoming an employer of choice for people with disabilities.

Our inclusion timeline

Sightsavers’ disability inclusion group

Founded in 2016, Sightsavers’ Disability Inclusion Working Group was established to help us reach our inclusion goals. Drawing its members from the across the organisation, it has had the following achievements:

  • Created and launched a global disability training programme for staff and all new starters at Sightsavers
  • Developed guidelines for print, digital and live event accessibility
  • Produced Microsoft document templates to ensure all internal and external content is accessible
  • Introduced an internal testing process to ensure our content is accessible for people using screenreaders
  • Implemented an ongoing programme of speaker sessions for visiting inclusion champions and external trainers to share their experience and expertise with the organisation
  • Helped Sightsavers achieve and retain Disability Confident Leadership status, recognising the organisation’s leadership as an inclusive employer
  • Nominated for a prestigious Bond Diversity award in 2020
  • Ran an internal campaign called Think Accessibility to share knowledge and encourage employees to adopt two new accessibility features in their work
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International groups

Although established in the UK, Sightsavers’ inclusion group has been adopted by other offices too.
Our work around the world

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We strive to improve accessibility of our digital and print materials and ensure our events are accessible.
Visit our accessibility page

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Work with us

Diversity improves workplaces, so we welcome all applicants regardless of background.
See our jobs pages

Read more about the group’s experiences

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Inclusion news and blogs

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How can we include people with intellectual disabilities at work?

We recently welcomed members from Inclusion International to deliver a talk about the development of the Listen, Include, Respect guidelines.

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Why is disability awareness training important?

Lead trainer Kate Bennell shares learnings from developing and coordinating a staff training programme on disability awareness and inclusion.

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How can staff with chronic illnesses be supported at work?

Kate Bennell shares insights from a recent talk on energy-limiting chronic illness and disability inclusion, which was led by speakers from Chronic Illness Inclusion.

Learn more about our inclusion work

Read our inclusion report