In 2008, Business Disability Forum launched The Technology Taskforce, a Partner initiative which brings together some of the world's largest procurers and suppliers of ICT including: American Express, HMRC, Sainsbury’s and Cisco Systems.
The Technology Taskforce is co-chaired by Andrew Witney, Head of Technology for Barclays Corporate & CIO of EMEA for Barclays Capital, Adam Raeburn-James, Vice President of End User Services GlaxoSmithKline, Jeff King AVP of European IT at Enterprise Holdings and Peter Josse, Chief Information Officer, Barclays UK.
The Taskforce was created because the technology which should liberate talent and productivity for everyone can make it unnecessarily difficult to recruit and retain good employees, and to do business with millions of customers if it is inaccessible to people with disability.
The Technology Taskforce enables global business to:
- Ensure technology maximises talent management, productivity, new product development, customer access and brand reputation.
- Minimise legal, reputation and efficiency risks associated with the lack of ICT related disability competence.
- Encourage ICT suppliers to deliver accessible and usable products and services to business partners, using an integrated universal design approach.
- Develop efficient, cost effective corporate standards for barrier-free processes and systems.
- Influence regulators' standards to the mutual benefit of business and disabled people worldwide.
- Define best practice that delivers reasonable adjustments for applicants, employees and customers.
- Improve the accessibility and disability competence of those responsible for IT training and ICT related business solutions.