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Very becomes Disability Confident Employer and launches new colleague network

February 21, 2024

The Very Group, which operates digital retailer Very, has become a ‘Disability Confident Committed Employer’ and launched a new colleague network to bring together teammates who are disabled or carers to offer support and create meaningful change.

Through its new Disability Confident status, Very has formalised its commitments to an inclusive and accessible recruitment process, as well as positive action by encouraging disabled people to apply for jobs and providing an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and talent.

Furthermore, Very will continue to anticipate and provide reasonable adjustments for disabled people and support existing employees who become disabled or develop long-term health conditions.

In tandem, colleagues of the business have launched a new network, DAWN (Disability Awareness at Very). It will create a safe space to share lived experiences, offer support, open-up important conversations and drive meaningful change. DAWN is one of seven colleague networks at The Very Group, which each play an important role in the company's aim for every colleague, customer and member of our community to feel welcomed, represented and valued. 

Anna Smith, talent acquisition partner and chair of DAWN, said: “We want to recognise the value disabled people and carers give to our business. Not only is it right that we encourage our colleagues to bring their whole selves and remove barriers to them doing their best work, but diverse talent builds successful businesses.

“That’s why we’ve formalised our commitments through the Disability Confident scheme and launched DAWN. There has already been amazing engagement from employees who want to get involved in DAWN, both as members and allies, and I’m confident that together we’ll help to make Very even more inclusive.”

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