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Sainsbury’s Win Disability-Smart Senior Champion Award


Sainsbury’s has won Business Disability Forum’s Disability-Smart Senior Champion Award 2019 in recognition of the work carried out by Company Secretary and Director of Corporate Services at Sainsbury’s, Tim Fallowfield.

The Disability-Smart Senior Champion Award recognises the value of having a committed senior champion who is visible and vocal about why disability matters to them and their organisation.

Tim Fallowfield received the award for the sheer range of work that he is leading both within Sainsbury’s and externally. Judges felt he had shown true leadership, using his position to enhance the experience of disabled people throughout the business and in the wider community.

Diane Lightfoot, CEO, Business Disability Forum, said:

“Tim is a brilliant example of a senior champion who has not only driven change within his own business but has taken a true leadership role in the wider disability space; chairing the Business Confident Leaders Group and modelling cultural change across sectors.”

“The nominations for the Disability-Smart Awards simply get bigger and better each year. It’s an honour to be involved in the awards and to see the amazing work being carried out by individuals and organisations to create truly inclusive workplaces, products and experiences.

“1 in 5 people are disabled, so it makes business sense for everyone to make disability inclusion a priority.”

Tim Fallowfield, Board Sponsor at Sainsbury’s for Disability Carers and Age, said: 

“I’m delighted to have been awarded Senior Disability Champion. Sainsbury’s is a long-standing partner of Business Disability Forum and strives to be the UK’s most inclusive retailer. The work that the Business Disability Forum does is hugely important in helping organisations become disability confident, for both customers and colleagues. This award is a recognition of the progress we are making on this journey within our business, and of our work with the wider industry to raise awareness of the benefits of recruiting, developing and retaining disabled employees and of making business more accessible for customers.”

Sainsbury’s is one of ten organisations which received a Disability-Smart Award. The Disability-Smart awards aim to showcase best practice and raise the bar on inclusive business. 2019 winners include well-known supermarket chains and global tech companies, alongside public sector organisations, charities and small businesses. All were recognised for their work to enhance the experiences of disabled employees and customers by leading the way on positive and innovative change.

The winners of Business Disability Forum’s Disability-Smart Awards 2019 were as follows:

Disability Smart Senior Champion Award 2019

Winner: Tim Fallowfield, Company Secretary and Director of Corporate Services, Sainsbury’s

Disability Smart Design Award

Winner: Herbal Essences

Disability Smart Workplace Experience Award 2019 (sponsored by Microlink)

Winner: MI5

Disability Smart Influencer Awards 2019

Winner: BBC

Disability Smart Technology for All Award 2019 (sponsored by Microlink)

Winner: Dubai Police

Disability Smart Customer Service Award 2019

Winner: Edinburgh Printmakers

Disability Smart Communications & Marketing Campaign Award 2019

Winner: Microsoft

Disability Smart Multinational Organisation Award 2019

Winner: Shell

Disability Smart Diversity & Inclusion Practitioner Award 2019

Winner: Neil Milliken, ATOS

Disabled Peoples’ Choice Award 2019

Winner: EmployAbility

Disability-Smart Awards 2019 were judged by a panel of business leaders and disability experts.

Business Disability Forum is a leading non-profit membership organisation which works with businesses, disabled people and Government to improve the life opportunities and experiences of disabled people in employment, economic growth, and society more widely. For further information on Business Disability Forum’s awards and winners, go to #DSAwards


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