We Are All Able: employees driving progress through inclusion

Case study

One of our interns at Shieldhall packaging site in Scotland

We've set out to champion inclusion and diversity as one of the central aims of our Society 2030: Spirit of Progress ambition – and our employees are at the heart of driving change. One of the ways our people can make a difference is through our Business and Employee Resource Groups around the world, where employees can start thought-provoking conversations and introduce initiatives to create a sense of belonging and opportunities for all.

Creating opportunity for people with disabilities

The We Are All Able resource group is a great example. At our Shieldhall packaging site in Scotland, We Are All Able saw an opportunity to build a more inclusive workplace by introducing an employment and development programme for people with a disability. The award-winning ‘We Are All Able’ initiative has created three six-month internships for registered disabled workers which are tailored to each employee’s physical, mental and workplace needs. Supported and paid for by the government-funded employability agency, Fair Start Scotland, in 2021 the ‘We Are All Able' programme began recruiting for its second intake of interns.

Building understanding and awareness

Ensuring all 400 Shieldhall employees understand what it means to be disabled has been crucial to the success of the programme. In partnership with Enable Scotland, the We Are All Able team has delivered a series of training courses covering topics such as autism awareness, sensory impairment, and assistive technology.

In 2021, Shieldhall was awarded an Inclusive Workplace Award through the Scottish Union of Supported Employment (SUSE).

Hear from our Shieldhall team and find out more about the ‘We Are Able’ programme here.