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#PurpleLightUp is a global movement that celebrates and draws attention to the economic contribution of the 386 million disabled employees around the world.
PurpleSpace leads this movement, our mark of respect to the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) held annually on 3rd December.

Since 2017, #PurpleLightUp has been driving momentum for disability inclusion across hundreds of organisations, reaching thousands of employees in different ways. This includes lighting up iconic buildings purple, holding events, developing workplace policies for disabled employees and sparking conversations about disability inclusion worldwide.

#PurpleLightUp offers the chance for:

  • Employers to showcase the economic contribution of disabled employees to economies across the world and their dedication to driving the disability inclusion agenda.

  • Network / employee resource group leaders to demonstrate the return on employer investment into well-resourced, well-led networks; sharing their organisation’s strategic plans for the year ahead or celebrating their successes over the past year.

  • Allies and Champions from every continent to share how they will contribute to the build of a better working world.

#PurpleLightup 2021 had the largest global footprint ever with over 300 organisations taking part with more than 250 million social media followers reached. As part of our 2021 Leader to Leader conversations, we heard from disability ERG/Network Leaders and CEOs from 53 organisations including HSBC, GSK, Microsoft, Google and many more 

In 2022 we continue the momentum and will be continuing with our ‘Leader To Leader’ conversation as we invite disability Employee Resource Group/Network Leaders to have a ‘Leader To Leader’ conversation with their CEO to discuss what role they play in creating an environment where people with disabilities can grow/develop their own personal disability confidence. 

Please find out more about how to get involved here, with a resource that includes graphics, zoom backgrounds and a video template for you to use.

As we build up to #PurpleLightUp 2022 we recognise the global concerns over energy, might mean that lighting your building isn’t an option for you.
Although lighting up buildings can be an eye-catching way to recognise #PurpleLightUp, as the movement grows, we continually hear from our members the many other creative ways they recognise and leverage the movement.
There are many other ways to mine the opportunity that a unifying colour like purple presents without physically lighting up building, for example:

  • Turning your website, logo and social media pages purple. Members often report that this can have greater reach and impact than lighting up a building.
  • Dressing internal spaces with posters, exhibition pop-ups, banners and themed display stands.
  • Flying a purple flag.
  • Using photoshop to light a building up purple.
  • Sharing images of pervious years building lit up

Remember, taking part in this year’s Leader to Leader conversation www.purplespace.org/purple-light-up/2022 is another way celebrate #PurpleLightUp.

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