ABP lights up iconic port buildings to mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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Image Caption (left to right): Queen Alexandra House in Cardiff and Bentinck silo in King’s Lynn

This year, Associated British Ports (ABP), the UK’s leading and best-connected port operator, took part in #PurpleLightUp, a global movement held on 3rd December every year to celebrate the important economic contribution of 386 million disabled employees around the world.

As part of its commitment to diversity and inclusion, ABP joined the movement by lighting up two of its well-known buildings in purple, Queen Alexandra House at the Port of Cardiff and the Bentinck silo at the Port of Kings Lynn. With this colourful display, the company aimed to raise spirits and celebrate the efforts of all persons living with visible or invisible disabilities, who are playing their part in supporting the UK economy. 

Alison Rumsey, ABP Chief HR Officer, said: “At ABP, we are committed to building a more inclusive, diverse and open working community. We recognise the important contribution of our colleagues living with disabilities and are grateful to them for their work in keeping Britain trading every day. This year, the global pandemic has truly highlighted the need for diverse teams and perspectives in order to be able to overcome challenges creatively.”

The movement, which is led by Purple Space, a networking and professional development hub for disabled employees, is organised to mark the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities. For the first time this year, there was a 24-hour global broadcast of the #PurpleLightUp, showcasing events from across six continents.