BECO., the social enterprise soap brand is taking a new approach to business, calling on competitors and UK employers to take a stand when it comes to recruitment. 80% of BECO.’s workforce is visually impaired, disabled or disadvantaged – BECO. want to show big corporations the value and skillset in every person by encouraging employers to follow suit and see workability, not disability.

1 in 5 people living in the UK are disabled and an estimated 48% are unemployed – that’s over one million job-seekers looking for opportunities and a disability unemployment gap of 30% (only 52% of disabled are employed vs 82% of the general working population). BECO. are on a mission to change that.

BECO. founding charity CLARITY & Co., have supported the employment of people with disabilities for 165 years and September 3rd 2019 sees BECO. launch an employment drive calling on employers to #STEALOURSTAFF and help close the disability unemployment gap. BECO.’s campaign highlights their staff in the hope that those who want to, will go on to secure jobs outside of the organisation and free-up opportunities for new staff in need of employment. Staff profiles will take over the brands packaging in key retailers Waitrose and Sainsbury’s and on the BECO. website showing consumers and would-be employers the chance to get to know the talented workforce behind the brand.

HOW YOU CAN HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

Help BECO. share the suds

Keep buying BECO. soap for your homes and offices. Everyone can create real and sustainable change, just by washing their hands. Every bar of soap and bottle of handwash BECO. sell helps to provide real jobs for people with disabilities. If every person in the UK switched to BECO. soaps, the brand could create 45,000 new jobs for people with disabilities. 

Make a new hire. You won’t regret it.

Whoever you are looking for and whatever the skill, the BECO. team are some of the most passionate staff you’ll come across, many with decades of experience. Take a look at BECO.’s employees and their CVs on beco.co.uk/stealourstaff

 “We want to give people who want to work, the opportunity to work. It’s as simple as that. Some of our staff at BECO. have been here for more than 30 years, and as much as we love our team and their loyalty, we want to help them and others have opportunities and so that as a society we can close the disability unemployment gap. On average, there are over 250 applications for any corporate role in the UK, so it’s hard to stand out. The only way we were going to make a difference was to go big and reach the millions of supermarket shoppers through the CVs on our products and calling on big corporations to make a stand and change their hiring policies. We need everyone to start acting to help make this happen.”

– Camilla Marcus-Dew, Head of Sustainable Growth, CLARITY & Co.

“I wish other organisations would give people like us a chance. There are so many disabled people unemployed and I’m sure there are plenty of big companies that can do more to help.”

Michael, Team Leader, BECO.

BECO. is available nationwide at Boots, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s,selected Co-op stores and the Ethical Superstore

For further information or a media visit to CLARITYCo. at its semi-automated factory in Highams Park, please contact: natalie@thetapeagency.com or louise@thetapeagency.com

To find out more about BECO., please visit www.beco.uk Facebook and Instagram @BECO.UK

Notes to Editors

There are 3.7 million disabled people in age of working but who are out of work. That represents just under 50% of the total number of disabled people in age of working. The out of work disabled people are made of unemployed and economically inactive disabled people (see below for definitions).

At Scope, it is recognised that not all disabled people can/want to work. But it is also known that it is a lot more difficult to find and stay in work when you’re disabled. That means that the vast majority of out of work disabled people are economically inactive rather than unemployed.

The latest quarterly labour force survey finds that 1.1 million disabled people want to find a job, even if they are currently out of work. The 1.1 million figure is made of unemployed disabled people (362,122) and economically inactive disabled people who want to find a job (791,633).

362,122 +  791,633 =  1,153,755 (1.1 million disabled people who are out of work but want to work)

That’s approximately 3 in 10 of the out of work disabled people (31%).

Data link: Disability employment data is published quarterly and looks at the previous quarter

Source: Scope’s analysis of the Quarterly Labour Force Survey, ONS, October-December 2018