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Our commitment to inclusion

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

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Founded in 2016, Sightsavers’ Social 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.
Erin Pritchard speaks at the Sightsavers office

Our speaker sessions

The group organises regular sessions from visiting speakers. Dr Erin Pritchard, who has dwarfism, visited Sightsavers to talk about her research into the condition and how it is often contested as a disability.

Read about her talk

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
  • 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 in the field as an inclusive employer. Read more on the iSeek website
  • The group was nominated for a prestigious Bond Diversity award in 2020.
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Testing and training

Inclusion coordinator Kate Bennell is involved with testing our content to ensure it is accessible for people using screenreaders.

Read Kate's blog

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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Sightsavers awarded for supporting people with disabilities at work

Sightsavers has been awarded Disability Confident Employer Level 3 accreditation for its work promoting inclusion in the workplace.

February 2020
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Sightsavers from the field

Educating pre-school children when resources are scarce

Sightsavers’ Ronnie Stapleton visited pre-schools across Malawi to train teachers how to include children with disabilities. She also learned a lot along the way.

February 2020
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#EqualWorld: Highlights from a year of global campaigning

In 2019 we campaigned for disability rights in 14 countries around the world. Here’s what we did and some of the impact it’s had so far.

December 2019

Read more about our experiences

See all blog posts
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International groups

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

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Accessibility

We work hard 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

We recognise that diversity improves workplaces, and welcome applicants regardless of their background.
See our jobs pages

Learn more about our inclusion work

Read our Annual Inclusion Report