#PurpleLightUp pledges 2017

Purple Light Up 2017

Here’s a reminder of just some of the organisations who got involved in our 2017 campaign.


Barclays will be inviting colleagues to pledge their support to become Reach Purple Champions building disability and mental health confidence across the business. This will be a fundamental pillar of our programme of activities in the run up to International Day of Persons with Disability.


BP's 'Accessibility' Business Resource Group at our ICBT campus is planning to turn the site Purple to raise awareness about disability. BP is partnered with a local charity called Dramatize who provide theatrical workshops for young adults with disabilities. Dramatize will be running a photography exhibition and a live event of artists with learning disabilities expressing themselves in a different light and changing perceptions of being 'disabled'. We will run this exhibition for 2 weeks prior to the 3rd December, culminating with a live show in early December.

Cardiff Council

Leader of Cardiff Council, Cllr Huw Thomas said: "As one of the biggest employers in Wales, Cardiff Council is proud to support the "Purple Light Up" in recognition of International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

I remain fully committed to removing the barriers that might otherwise prevent anyone from fulfilling their potential, irrespective of social background or personal circumstances.

In lighting City Hall purple on 3rd December, we will give a clear indication of how much this council values the contribution that people with disabilities make in the work place and in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life."

Civil Service

The Civil Service will be inviting Departments and their Agencies to think creatively about the ideas set out in this landmark initiative. We are asking our Champions and their Networks to consider how our business can send out a unique set of signals. It remains important that we all continue to find creative ways to engage, further build on and strengthen our community of disabled colleagues, networks and allies. Using not just the day, but the week of the 3rd December as an ongoing celebration of disabled talent offers creative opportunity for all sectors and, for the first time, an extended moment to come together with one disability confident voice.


Leading the purple light up for Wales is Julian John, Managing Director of Delsion, an award winning people and development consultancy that specialise in learning & development, human resources, diversity & inclusion.  “I believe that this campaign will be prove to be an iconic moment. It’s our opportunity to engage around a positive identity for disabled people and specifically their contribution within employment, through such a simple medium as the colour purple."  

Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will be make our intranet Purple and publish a blog on disability.The DCMS Ability network organises events throughout the year. This December we will be holding a Celebrating Ability event and inviting at Arms Length Bodies to participate.


E.ON is working on building their disability confidence, focusing on mental health and the skills and talents of our disabled employees. In celebration of IDPD we will be having lots of fun including wearing purple, baking purple and lighting up purple. We will be using our social media to let the purple light shine and open up good conversations.


EY will be celebrating IDPD on 30th November when we host a global summit - and as a platform to launch our Purple Champions programme. The 'Purple Light Up' campaign is a great way of focusing on the economic contribution of purple talent.

We're also pleased to announce that our Cambridge office will be lighting up purple to mark IDPD around 3 December.


Fujitsu is delighted to be hosting the PurpleSpace annual reception of network leaders and champions / executive sponsors at our London Offices on 4th December - and to launch and be part of the new Purple Champions & Allies Guide. This is one of the ways that signals our strong support to the 'Purple Light Up' and the celebration of our network SEED as an active member of the network community.


As part of what we’re calling our ‘Purple Revolution’ week, GCHQ is going to be lighting things up, running knowledge sharing drop-ins, holding charity events, and inviting our workforce to wear purple. We are really proud to have reached Disability Confident Leader status and we see this week as a great way of celebrating the crucial contribution our disabled colleagues make as well as drumming up more support across all our sites. 

Gowling WLG

We will be promoting International Day of Persons with Disabilities across our firm in the lead up to Monday 04 December 2017, with a note from our Leadership as to why this is important and also encouraging our people to wear purple for the day.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

HSE, working in conjunction with the Office for Nuclear Regulation, have put together a range of events to celebrate International Day of the Disabled Person.  We launch our week inviting Nikki Fox, BBC Disability Correspondent, to share her experiences with us.   Our headquarters and laboratory will be lit purple as a visible symbol of our determination to be disability confident as public bodies, inside and out. Our smaller office around the country will be able to receive “Purple Power boxes” so they can stage events during the week exploring the personal impact of disability in the workplace.  Our message is very simple; Disability - Let’s talk About it. 

Home Office

Our celebrations of International Day of Persons with Disabilities is led by our Permanent Secretary Philip Rutnam, who is also the  Civil Service Disability Champion and the Home Office Disability Champion Mark Thompson who have  given a firm steer to reinvigorate our commitment to creating a Disability Inclusive culture in the Home office. We have encouraged all our sites across the UK to creatively link into the #purplelightup.

We'll be encouraging people to wear purple on Monday 4th of December and also hold events to raise awareness and discuss how we can all contribute to creating a disability inclusive culture. Our Disability Network ABLE will have a stall in our Central London office alongside our Diversity and Inclusion team and digital accessibility team.

Some sites are raising money for disability charities by selling purple cakes, purple ribbons etc, on the day we will also hear real life from colleagues who have been supported in the workplace with their disability.


ITV will be turning their social media logo purple on 3 December to show support for the Purple Light Up!


KPMG is supporting the ‘Purple Light Up’initiative with our WorkAbility network and facilities team working together toshine some purple light to raise awareness to coincide with IDPD. We will be lighting up two key buildings andrunning a number of awareness raising events in our Canada Square office.


Lloyds is pleased to be taking part in this year's Purple Light Up. We'll be going purple in our canteen and publishing intranet articles about the importance of helping employers and disabled employees to build disability confidence from the inside out.


The Ministry of Defence (MOD) will be flying two purple flags on Monday 4 December to mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The MOD wants to demonstrate our support and commitment to our disabled colleagues. We are also using this occasion to celebrate the fact that we have reached Disability Confident Leader Level 3.

n-able (disabled staff network), University of Bradford

n-able (disabled staff network) at the University of Bradford are celebrating #PurpleLightUp on 4 December. Our event will offer purple freebies, henna, purple cake and face glitter. Staff and students will wear purple in aid of local charities. The Atrium and Ampetheatre will be purple and we will #makeBradfordpurple as iconic buildings in the city centre will join us by lighting up purple.

National Assembly for Wales 

We are here to represent all of the people of Wales and have a duty to ensure that our facilities, services and information are accessible to all.” Joyce Watson AM, the Assembly Member responsible for equality within the Assembly Commission. We are therefore proud to be an accessible employer and service provider. 

As a disability confident employer and an autism friendly organisation, we value the input of our disabled staff and recognise the benefits of engaging with disabled people across Wales during our work and are proud to join a community of disabled employees, disability networks, and organisations to celebrate IDDP by lighting up the Senedd purple on International Day of Disabled People.

National Theatre

We’re delighted to be lighting the National Theatre building in purple from 2-3 December to mark International Day for People with Disabilities (IDPD). On Saturday 2 December, we will have an audio described performance and a touch tour of Saint George and the Dragon at the NT on the South Bank as well as an audio described performance and touch tour for Oslo in London’s West End. This is indicative of the NT’s year-long commitment to accessible theatre. 

On Monday 4 December a production called In Touch will be performing in Paris at UNESCO to mark IDPD; In Touch was staged at the National Theatre last month. The National Theatre was one of the producers of this piece, which was performed by actors from Russia and the UK who are deafblind.

Public Health Wales

Public Health Wales will be supporting the 'Purple Light Up' to mark IDPD.

Shaw Trust

Shaw Trust will be showing support for the Purple Light Up campaign by turning our logo purple for the day. Our Power List 2018 nominations will be launched on IDPD to once again provide inspiration to young and talented leaders of tomorrow by recognising some of the most influential disabled people in the United Kingdom.  Watch this space to find out more on how to make a nomination.  You can access this year’s Power List by following this link: www.shaw-trust.org.uk/en-GB/Media-policy/News/December-2016/The-launch-of-the-Power-100-LIST-2017

Wales Millennium Centre

The Millennium Centre is supporting IDPD and the purple symbolism through the 'Purple Light Up' - proud to take part and light up purple.