September 27, 2021

Aggregate Industries gives support to Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Scheme

In a move designed to offer better assistance to staff and customers in need of additional support, construction materials supplier, Aggregate Industries, has signed up to the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Scheme.

The scheme, which was launched in 2016, includes lanyards branded with the distinctive Sunflower symbol that discreetly indicates that the wearer may require additional support, help or a little more time. It aims to assist people with disabilities that might not be immediately obvious – such as autistic spectrum condition, dementia, visual impairments or those who are hard of hearing. 

The initiative is being spearheaded by the newly established Aggregate Industries Disability Affinity Network (AIDA), a dedicated committee dedicated to improving access and inclusivity for staff and customers with disabilities. As part of this approach, the company has already created Aggregate Industries’ UK branded Sunflower lanyards, as well as face mask exemption badges.  

Expanding upon the reasons behindJames Roberts, Human Resources 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.” 

Established earlier this year, AIDA is part of Aggregate Industries’ wider Affinity Networks programme aimed at championing equality, diversity and inclusion within the organisation. The Affinity Networks currently consist of four internal groups focused on Disability, LGBTQ+, Women in Construction and Black and Ethnic Minorities (BAME), which will be further expanded in the future.