Travis Perkins
Builders merchants Travis Perkins has made a formal commitment to disability inclusion.

The UK’s largest supplier of building materials, Travis Perkins, has announced its commitment to disability inclusion and building a fully inclusive workplace for its 20,000 employees, as well as its customers and suppliers.

The firm, which owns Travis Perkins builders’ merchants, Toolstation and many specialist trade businesses, joined The Valuable 500 last year, a global movement putting disability on the business leadership agenda.

Its targeted disability inclusion commitment, it says, has been developed as part of the wider strategy to build a fully inclusive workplace for the 20,000 Travis Perkins employees, as well as the group’s customers and suppliers.

Elements of its commitments include building a partnership with the Business Disability Forum to become “disability confident” and establishing a staff “ability network” to give those with disabilities a stronger voice in shaping an inclusive working environment.

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Travis Perkins also said it would work across the business for making adjustments for colleagues with disabilities and to enable them to thrive.

James Mackenzie, who is Managing Director for Toolstation and Ability sponsor for Travis Perkins plc commented: “We acknowledge that creating a more inclusive environment which celebrates and nurtures diversity will be crucial to our future success as a business and as an industry.

“Signing up to The Valuable 500 initiative was an important first step for us in articulating our aspirations and putting disability on our leadership agenda.

“Today’s formal commitment will help us realise our ambition through some practical steps, so we continue to change mindsets and make our business fully accessible to colleagues with disabilities, both seen and unseen, over time.

“We look forward to working with our colleagues to deliver on these objectives and to build a thriving workplace for everyone.”

Boasting a heritage that spans over 200 years, Travis Perkins employs 20,000 colleagues across the UK, but also in France and Benelux through Toolstation.

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