This latest move is part of the firm’s ongoing commitment to barrier-free recruitment.
BDF’s Partner Group is made up of organisations from the private and public sectors and represents a variety of industries; from investment banks to broadcasters, to government agencies and supermarkets. Its Partners are vital to ensuring employers and service providers forge productive relationships with disabled and non-disabled stakeholders.
Being a Partner of BDF highlights a commitment to becoming a disability-smart business and helps organisations to develop and share emerging best practice. BDF partner firms become part of the UK's foremost thought leadership group on disability as it affects business.
Pete Holliday, Managing Director, Sopra Steria Recruitment, commented: “We are delighted to be taking our relationship with BDF to the next level by joining the organisation as a Partner. Sopra Steria Recruitment is fully committed to barrier free and inclusive recruitment practices - for us it’s business as usual and embedded within our whole corporate culture. Since 2015 we have worked closely with BDF and our people have been trained by the organisation. However, we cannot escape the fact that disabled individuals continue to be hugely underrepresented in the workforce and by forging an even closer link with BDF we can take a greater role in helping to turn the dial on disability inclusion.”
Diane Lightfoot, Chief Executive Officer at Business Disability Forum, said: “Sopra Steria Recruitment are doing a great deal to make their industry an enabler of disabled people, and it is a great pleasure to be working more closely with them.
“Recruitment companies clearly have a vital role to play in helping business to close the disability employment gap and we are delighted that Sopra Steria is committed to leading this agenda.
“The company has already supported our Recruitment Charter, a set of key tenets of accessible recruitment for businesses to follow and earlier this year, they played a major part in supporting our President's Group Dinner and making a powerful call to action to leading businesses in the room.
“We very much look forward to doing even more with Sopra Steria Recruitment to build businesses, recruiters and workplaces where disabled people do not face barriers.”