Publicis launches Disability Access and Inclusion Plan

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The plan was developed in collaboration with the Australian Disability Network and Publicis’ EnABLE committee.

Publicis Groupe ANZ has launched its inaugural Disability Access and Inclusion Plan, developed in partnership with the Australian Disability Network, to eliminate barriers for employees living with disability and empower the business to be a more disability-confident organisation.

The plan was created with help from Publicis’ EnABLE committee, and will show the business’ progress to date, outlining a framework to guide meaningful and authentic action in accessibility over the next three years.

Michael Rebelo, Publicis Groupe CEO ANZ, said the Disability Access and Inclusion Plan reflects the Groupe’s commitment to being an accessible, inclusive and welcoming organisation.

“The plan is being released alongside our first Gender Equity Action Plan, Reconciliation Action Plan and Environmental Sustainability Action Plan – demonstrating our dedication to positive change and increasing access more broadly for under-represented groups,” he added.

Initiatives that will be implemented as part of the Groupe’s plan include scoping an ongoing program of disability inclusion training for employees and managers to support hiring and retention, and a review of recruitment practices to remove unintended barriers for people with disability.

Publicis Groupe also said it will be designing initiatives and programs to support employees with disabilities in their career development and continuously improve the accessibility of all office locations in ANZ.

“Together, we will navigate the road toward a more equitable and inclusive workplace for people with disability and create our vision of disability confident Australia,” said Corene Strauss, CEO of the Australian Disability Network.

Pauly Grant, Publicis Groupe’s chief talent officer ANZ, added that the Groupe’s focus on disability inclusion is a commitment to fostering an organisation “where diversity is celebrated and every employee, regardless of ability, feels valued, supported and empowered to excel.”

Grant also highlighted Publicis Groupe’s head of DE&I Jessica Farrell, the EnABLE employee resource group, and the team that helped in the development of the plan.

The Disability Access and Inclusion Plan will be reviewed in 2026 to enable a new plan for the following three-year period (2027-2029).

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