Sign the Accessible Technology Charter

In November 2011 the Technlogy Taskforce launched the Accessible Technology Charter which sets out ten commitments to good practice on ICT accessibility. The co-chairs of our Technology Taskforce have said:

“We are delighted that we have thought leaders who are determined to reform this dysfunctional market place in such a practical and business-oriented fashion. Global businesses need to get the most from the talent they employ, to improve productivity, increase their market-share and to increase profitability. Our Accessible Technology Charter heralds the start of a campaign to encourage every corporate user of technology to demonstrate their commitment to their disabled employees and customers, indeed to all their employees and customers, by signing. We are calling on the world’s leading businesses to join us and to make it easier for customers with disabilities to do business with them, and for employees to perform their best.” 

Why sign up to the Charter?

You may be wondering why you would want to sign up to the Accessible Technology Charter and what the benefits would be to you and your organisation? By understanding how accessibility works in numerous areas of your business and making a commitment to improve things, you will make it easier for you and your colleagues to assess where you are and make the necessary changes.

Those that have signed up to the Charter have made a pledge that: “We will ensure disabled and older people can apply for jobs with us, be employed by us and do business with us, by implementing an Information and Communications Technology strategy which includes the following commitments regarding accessibility.”

Although you will not be monitored against your Charter commitment, this isn’t something that you should take lightly. This should be signed off by your senior digital leader/ CIO/CTO and it is their responsibility to ensure that all aspects of the Charter are embedded within your business.

Download our guide to the Accessible Technology Charter here (Word document).

Sign the charter

If your organisation would like to explore signature but you need further information, please contact us at technology@businessdisabilityforum.org.uk or download the guidance and process notes in order to start your organisation’s internal engagement and conversations on IT accessibility.

The version for formal signature, a Word template for you to add your organisation’s name and logo, can be found here.

We would like to record who has signed up to the Charter so we can recognise that commitment and encourage others to follow your lead, so if you are able to sign, please let us know.

Charter signatories

The Charter's launch signatories are: Accenture, Alexander Mann, Barclays, BT, Bupa, Cisco, Department for Work and Pensions, EY, Fujitsu, GlaxoSmithKline, HM Revenue and Customs, Lloyds Banking Group, Microlink, Microsoft, Oracle, Sainsbury’s and Sky. Since launch, further signatories include: AbilityNet, Atos, AvePoint, BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT, the British Assistive Technology Association (BATA), CGI, CYFOR, David Berman Communications, de Poel, Department for International Development, Digital Accessibility Centre, DiversityJobs.co.uk, Enabled City, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Greater London Authority, Hassell Inclusion, Home Office, KPMG, Ministry of Defence, National Crime Agency, Royal Mail, The Numbers Factory, Office for National Statistics, Scope and Standard Chartered.