Our commitment to inclusion

Sightsavers’ Disability Inclusion Working Group was established to help reach our goal of diversity in the workplace.

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Founded in 2016, Sightsavers’ Disability Inclusion Working Group draws its members from across the organisation to improve our diversity and accessibility.

The group’s objectives are to:

  • Promote staff commitment to inclusion
  • Monitor inclusion efforts and identify gaps
  • Enable Sightsavers to become an employer of choice for people 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

Our achievements

  • The group has created and launched a global disability training programme for staff and all new starters at the organisation.
  • We have developed guidelines for print, digital and live event accessibility, and we help to test content to ensure it is accessible for people using screenreaders.
  • To ensure all internal and external written content is accessible, we have helped to produce document templates.
  • We regularly bring in external trainers and organise speaker sessions for visiting inclusion champions.
  • The group has helped Sightsavers achieve Disability Confident Leadership status, recognising the organisation’s leadership as an inclusive employer.
  • The group was nominated for a prestigious Bond Diversity award in 2020.
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Sightsavers is a member of the PurpleSpace networking hub to support employees with disabilities.

Inclusion representatives

Membership of the working group represents all teams in the organisation, including our programmes, research, corporate services, communications, HR and design teams.

Inclusion news and blogs

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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.

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How Sightsavers' in-house accessibility testing has evolved

At Sightsavers, our accessibility testing has developed into a comprehensive process to make our content as inclusive as possible.

Read more about the group’s experiences

See all blog posts
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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

Learn more about our inclusion work

Read our Annual Inclusion Report