We’re committed to creating a more inclusive world for everyone – both inside and outside the walls of our company, and this includes people with visible and invisible disabilities. We recognize our immense responsibility to drive change for our employees, with our brands, through our partners, and in our communities. We recognize the business building opportunity we have if we make both our company and products more accessible to everyone. We’re making progress each day, and recognize we have work to do to make our company, brands, and services even more inclusive for people with disabilities.
We are committed to honoring the individuality and unique contributions of our people and ensuring that every single employee shows up to work as their whole, authentic self. We strive to create an inclusive workplace for all P&G people through hiring and management programs to expand our talent pool with more diverse recruitment and ensure proper accommodations are met for all employees.
Inclusive from Day 1
Scott Vannice, a leader for Deaf culture within P&G has also championed our partnership with Gallaudet University and Rochester Institute of Technology to create a pipeline of talent inclusive of Deaf employee candidates. The program resulted in having 4 Deaf interns in 2020 Summer and 2 full-time Deaf hires. Learn more on our #SigningEcosystem.
How it feels to be included
Employees with personal experience of neurodiversity are helping us to recruit neurodiverse individuals such as those with autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia. Programs have been launched in P&G’s UK, Boston, Costa Rica and Cincinnati offices to learn as a Company how to hire this dynamic talent and to harness candidates’ unique problem-solving skills.
Read our colleague Danny Lakes’ personal story on neurodiversity and how inclusive practices at work made an impact on his life.
We strive to accommodate P&G employees with all abilities by incorporating physical and digital inclusion and accessibility in the workplace with Universal Design. We’re integrating subtitles, automatic speech recognition, and audible captioning in many of our software solutions and establishing an internal Digital Accessibility Hub to enable equal access to communication.
We’re including consumers and employees with disabilities in the design of our products, packaging, advertising and facilities to create a more accessible world and superior experiences for everyone. The more accessible the world can be through inclusive products, packaging, advertising and environments, the less people will feel disabled.
Olay Disk Refreshed
Once we heard from our consumers that they found the caps of Olay jars to be difficult to open, our Olay team gathered a diverse team of experts, operators and consumers with impaired vision or impaired fine motor skills including our Company Accessibility Leader Sam Latif. The team realized that this was not a cap issue but rather a cover disk problem. The team surveyed designs and made prototypes and evaluated options with a goal to understand and address as many pain points as possible. As a part of the design assessment, the Cambridge exclusion calculator was used to measure the visual, dexterity and cognitive skills required to use our packaging. The new disk, designed to be more inclusive among consumers with low dexterity and/or low vision, is both more intuitive and easier to open.
Building a More Inclusive World for People with Disabilities
We are on a journey to champion audio description in advertising commercials – just one of the ways of driving a more inclusive approach. We have introduced audio description across the majority of our ads in the UK, US and Spain - opening them up to some 30 million blind or visually impaired people to be able to hear a description of the visual actions. See an example of an Olay ad without audio-description for vision impaired consumers and an Olay ad with audio description.
Communities & Partners
We’re engaging in partnerships that expand opportunity and provide accessibility and inclusion so that more people thrive in communities where we work and live.
To show our continued commitment to disability inclusion, we joined The Valuable 500, a global movement putting disability on the business leadership agenda. As a member of the Valuable 500, we will continue to:
- provide global workplace accessibility / accommodation policies and practices to meet the needs of employees with varying abilities;
- expand our talent pool by recruiting, hiring, and retaining people with varying abilities;
- partner with business and enterprise leaders to actively create accessible products and services to meet the needs of consumers with disabilities.
Be My Eyes
Together with our charity and broadcast partners for the special COVID-19 relief events Global Citizen’s One World: Together At Home and BET Saving Our Selves, we joined forces with Be My Eyes - a unique platform which connects sighted volunteers with the blind and low-vision community to help navigate everyday life. Thanks to passionate P&G colleagues who volunteered to provide personalized live audio description, people with low and no vision were able to follow and enjoy these entertaining programs using the Be My Eyes app. P&G volunteers were on call, ready to describe anything users wanted to know about the event. They read the lineup, helped access streams and content and answered questions about what was going on in the broadcast.