Purpose and Values
Milan, 28 January 2021 – The Prada Group is the first fashion luxury player to join The Valuable 500, the global community dedicated to radically transforming the business system for the benefit of people with disabilities. Prada strongly recognizes the intrinsic value of people who are disabled and commits to supporting all within its inclusion and sustainability agenda.
The company is currently define a long-term programme of activities, which will start with a commitment to hire individuals affected by trisomy 21 (Down’s syndrome) into its Italian retail network.
Lorenzo Bertelli, Prada Group Head of CSR, said: “The Valuable 500 community, which embraces a wide range of industries worldwide, is becoming stronger every day. I actively support the decision to join the coalition as I believe strongly in the value of diversity.” He added: “The different backgrounds of the companies adhering to the alliance is a crucial starting point to build a comprehensive global action plan, which will enrich all of us”.
About The Valuable 500
Launched by social entrepreneur and activist Caroline Casey at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in January 2019, The Valuable 500 aims to put disability on the global business leadership agenda. Our goal is to persuade 500 multinational companies that have at least 1,000 employees to make a public commitment to advance disability inclusion in their organisation. By engaging the most influential business leaders and brands, we want to create a tipping point within business that unlocks the business, social and economic value of the 1.3 billion people living with disabilities around the world, and the millions of us who will become disabled over time. We believe that if business takes a lead, society and government will follow, truly inclusive businesses can build truly inclusive societies.