#NewzHook2019 – Top 5 Indian companies in disability inclusion
A growing number of Indian companies have opened their doors to the disabled community in 2019. This was seen in two ways. One, in the growing number of disabled people hired by corporates and two, by regarding people with disabilities as customers. So, yes inclusion has made its presence felt in a big way. One example of this was the tremendous response of Indian companies to the global inclusion campaign The Valuable 500.
Here are NewzHook’s Top 5 companies that embraced inclusion in a big way in 2019.
Top of the list was retail group Big Bazaar that launched a series of initiatives through the year reaching out to people across disability types. From the Quiet Hour for people with intellectual disabilities, to special preview day sales for disabled shoppers, to Able Hands, Big Bazaar is clearly the frontrunner.
Inclusion across disabled groups
PVR Cinema’s Accessible Cinema programme gave the disabled community in India plenty to cheer about. From assistive equipment to wheelchair-friendly seats, much planning and careful attention to detail is evident in the reach out.
Amazon India launched a pilot training programme for young adults with autism and intellectual disabilities. This is an industry first programme and partnering Amazon India is Mumbai-based NGO Sol’s ARC.
Leading coffee chain Hatti Kaapi continues to win people’s hearts not just for great coffee but also for inclusive hiring. Hatti Kaapi opened its first outlet manned entirely disabled people at the Bengaluru airport. No wonder the chain walked away with all the top honours this year.
And Samsung gets a mention for launching two new solutions for the Indian market. Good Vibes enables people who are deaf-blind to communicate better, while Relumino helps people with low vision see better.