CONSTRUCTION materials supplier Aggregate Industries has signed up to the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Scheme in a bid to offer better assistance to staff and customers in need of additional support.
Launched in 2016, the scheme includes lanyards branded with the Sunflower symbol, which discreetly indicates that the wearer may require additional support, help or time. It aims to assist people with disabilities which are not always immediately obvious – such as autistic spectrum condition, dementia, visual or hearing impairments.
The initiative is being led by the Aggregate Industries Disability Affinity Network (AIDA). Established earlier this year, AIDA is part of the company’s wider Affinity Networks programme aimed at championing equality, diversity and inclusion.
James Roberts, HR director at Aggregate Industries UK, said, “As an organisation that’s committed to building a more inclusive workforce and working environments, we’re incredibly proud to back the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Scheme – rolling it out across our sites nationwide. The scheme is excellent and is just one of the ways our newly created Aggregate Industries Disability Affinity Network (AIDA) will be working to provide extra support and access for colleagues and customers with non-obvious conditions that may require extra support.”