Launched by social entrepreneur Caroline Casey at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in 2019, the Valuable 500 is a global movement that is dedicated to making disability inclusion a greater part of the business leadership agenda. The movement aims at gathering at least 500 companies to join forces and make change happen, based on the belief that inclusive businesses help create more inclusive societies.
“At Sephora we have a long-term commitment to Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in all aspects of our business, ensuring that our colleagues, brand partners, suppliers and our clients feel a sense of belonging in store, online and in our workplaces. We believe that real Beauty is being authentically you and to embody this central pillar of our culture, we have a global commitment to include people with all forms of disabilities. By joining the Valuable 500 we will accelerate our efforts to create a truly inclusive business”, said Martin Brok, Global President and CEO of Sephora.
“We are thrilled to welcome Sephora as a member of The Valuable 500. It is so important that inclusion is at the heart of the beauty industry, and we are excited to be working with Sephora as it leads the industry charge.”, said Caroline Casey, award-winning social entrepreneur and founder of Valuable 500.
In joining the Valuable 500, Sephora commits to strengthen its set of ongoing initiatives, by making this topic a top priority for its Leadership; by recruiting and supporting more people with disabilities, providing all colleagues with a more inclusive employee journey and the tools they need to understand, embody and promote inclusion in the workplace; and by continuing to audit and build its stores, websites and workplaces to ensure they are accessible to everyone, using new accommodations and technology.
In each of the communities it serves, Sephora has initiatives that favour the inclusion of people with disabilities, such as actively removing bias from recruiting processes, partnering with associations or organizations dedicated to empowering people with disabilities, and training to identify unconscious bias and microaggression. In the US, Sephora has recently received a Disability Matters Award, recognizing its initiatives to foster the inclusion of people with disabilities, and the brand is proud to have 30% of employees with disabilities in some of its distribution centres.
About The Valuable 500
Launched by social entrepreneur and activist Caroline Casey at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in 2019, The Valuable 500 aims at setting a new global standard for workplace equality and disability inclusion. It aims to engage 500 private sector corporations to be the tipping point for change and contribute to the social and economic inclusion of people living with disabilities across the world. To this day, 480 companies have joined the movement, including Sephora.