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NPL joins Purple Light Up 2021

NPL will be lighting up its laboratory in Teddington, south-west London as part of Purple Light Up 2021

NPL has joined Purple Light Up 2021, a global movement celebrating disability inclusion in the workplace. NPL will be lighting up its laboratory in Teddington, South London, purple from 29 November – 3 December.

Purple Space set up the Purple Light Up annual initiative 2017, and it has since been the driving force for disability inclusion across hundreds of organisations, reaching thousands of employees in different ways.

As the UK’s National Metrology Institute, NPL undertakes science and engineering to deliver extraordinary impact for the UK. It is only possible to deliver such impact by having diverse teams resulting in a more creative workforce and innovative solutions for challenging problems. Therefore, it is vital to create an environment in which everyone feels comfortable being their authentic self and be provided with the support to thrive.  

NPL’s aims to ensure staff are valued for the unique strengths and contributions that they bring. To show its commitment to creating an inclusive workplace and honouring International Day of People with Disabilities (3 December), NPL is launching its new disability and long-term condition policy alongside joining Purple Light Up.

The policy has been developed in partnership with NPL staff led networks and with support from the Business Disability Forum and will be available to NPL staff alongside new resources to help create a disability confident culture at NPL.

NPL understands the impact having open conversations about disability can have on colleagues. Joining organisations worldwide, including its owners, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), for Purple Light Up 2021 is just one way NPL is cementing its commitment and celebrating disability inclusion.

Mark Downing, Senior Business App Developer and Lead of the Accessibility Action Group, NPL said:

“I believe strongly that if we can have honest and open conversations about disability in the workplace, we can learn from those around us to improve as an organisation. Our new policy has the perspectives of employees with experience of disability at its foundation, to ensure our support is effective and everyone can contribute to the work that NPL does.”

In 2021, Purple Space are encouraging ‘Leader to Leader’ conversations between Network Leaders and CEOs. Speaking about the importance of creating a diverse and inclusive culture at NPL and joining Purple Light Up 2021, Dr Peter Thompson, FREng, CEO at NPL said: “I’m delighted that we are taking part in Purple Light Up 2021 to celebrate disability inclusion and I sincerely hope it leads to more colleagues discussing disability and sharing their perspectives. My vision is that everyone feels valued and supported and can bring their true self to the workplace.


It is important to recognise that taking part in this initiative is just one way we’re celebrating diversity, and we will continue to implement practical changes to aid our people and remove any barriers faced. Our new policy represents a genuine partnership, and I want to thank the members of our staff-led networks who have so generously shared their experiences and perspectives, which has enabled us to better understand where we can make improvements to deliver on our vision to be an exemplary national laboratory.”

30 Nov 2021