How to go purple for #PurpleLightUp

Ideas for your PurpleLightUp

At PurpleSpace we know all too well that time and resources are limited; our experience has shown that substantial investment in transformative movements takes time. Last year we said that Rome wasn't built in a day, and its true... but we are getting closer as we go #BiggerBolderBrighter in 2018.

We've been talking to our members and supporters over the last few months about how they will #GoPurple this year. We've pulled together their ideas into a shopping list to suit every budget to help you and your organisation to celebrate the economic contribution of disabled employees in the weeks that precede or follow International Day of Persons With Disabilities (IDPD) on 3rd December 2018.

You can download the full shopping list of ideas at the bottom of this page and here are a few ideas to get you started:

Social Media and website

Purple Tuesday

  • If you are a retailer taking part in Purple Tuesday on November 13th being led by our friends at Purple, take lots of photos on the day (especially if disabled colleagues or networks are involved) and then re-share on social media on 3rd December to help us celebrate our own #PurpleLightUp.
  • Find out more about Purple Tuesday here.

Internal communications

  • Update your company's external Diversity & Inclusion page and explain why your company celebrates its own purple / disabled employees and the positive impact that your network / resource group makes.


  • Hold a disability awareness event and invite your CEO, Disability champion or Executive sponsor to address the event and get him or her to add a little purple in their attire.


  • Create lanyards for staff and visitors - you could brand with the network and twitter handle or just use the purple theme.

Allies Programme

  • Consider launching a purple allies programme by using the #PurpleLightUp to reach out to other staff networks across the different diversity strands.

Customer and Supplier

  • Share #PurpleLightUp with your customers and suppliers, explain the movement and show how important it is to include purple talent, why you are committed and how they can get involved.

The colour purple

At PurpleSpace we support diversity and inclusion for all shades of purple but if you particularly like the shade that we use the colour codes are: CMYK 60 90 0 0 or RGB 130 54 140 (Pantone number 2612 C is similar).

Shopping list

Please download the full shopping list by clicking on the image below and share it with colleagues across your organisation. If you'd prefer a Word version please email us at

And don't forget if you are notifying the press or groups of staff about what you are doing to celebrate the Purple Light Up and IDPD and want a message of support or endorsement from PurpleSpace then let us know by emailing