Global accessibility and inclusion programme of a multinational pharmaceutical company

Solution
Access Lilly
Organization
Eli Lilly
Country of Implementation
United States of America
Region
North America
Start Year
2020
First published
16.01.2022

The Access Lilly programme was initiated in 2020 by the multinational pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly to establish and implement a disability-friendly corporate culture throughout the company. The initial four work areas like accessibility, ICT and communications were expanded to include human resources and procurement.

A woman in a wheelchair is ordering food on one of two touchscreen devices that are positioned in the center of Eli Lilly's accessible and modern cafeteria.
Eli Lilly's company cafeteria is more accessible to all its employees

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“Making life better is at the core of what we do and that includes removing barriers to accessibility.” Darren Rowan, Program Manager, Eli Lilly

Eli Lilly, a US-based multinational pharmaceutical company, launched the Access Lilly programme in 2020 as part of its global disability strategy. The programme initially had four workstreams focused on (1) accessibility and inclusive design in the company’s facilities; (2) information and digital solutions; (3) training; and (4) corporate communication. In addition, by autumn 2021 it intends to add (5) human resources and (6) procurement. To date, more than 3,500 employees had used the internal accessibility resources website.

Problems Targeted

Mainstreaming accessibility and disability inclusion in a large multinational company requires a comprehensive approach.

Solution, Innovation and Impact

The goal of Access Lilly is to create a disability-confident company culture that enables a barrier-free environment for employees and customers. In its first phase, Access Lilly had four workstreams focused on (1) accessibility and inclusive design in the company’s facilities; (2) information and digital solutions; (3) learning and development activities; and (4) corporate communications. Programme implementation is supported by: (a) the Lilly Design System, a collection of standards for designing digital products; (b) the Facilities Assessment Tool, used to audit facilities; and (c) the Accessibility Champions Community, a group of employees that champion disability inclusion in their respective teams. By 2021 the company had conducted 20 facility audits in eight countries, and 130 websites had been created using the Lilly Design System. As examples of achievements, Eli Lilly has renovated a large cafeteria at the headquarters, redesigned over 100 building access maps, added QR codes for online navigation, and made its priority online global training courses accessible.

Funding, Outlook and Transferability

Improvements under the Access Lilly workstreams are funded from existing operating expenses. For more significant investments, the cost is covered in the company’s standard business planning process. In the second half of 2021 phase two of the programme started, which will last three years. Eli Lilly will add human resources and procurement as additional workstreams and make structural changes to its buildings. The company will spend approximately $10 million in capital investment on the Access Lilly programme, of which a majority will be dedicated towards the built environment.

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Country of Implementation

United States of America

Region of Implementation

North America