Valuable 500 launches accountability summit for digital inclusion

The global SYNC25 event is being backed by a launch campaign from Adam&EveDDB

Nicola Kemp

Editorial Director Creativebrief


Businesses are being urged to end disability exclusion in a powerful campaign from Adam&EveDDB for the charity Valuable 500.

The Valuable 500 is successfully blazing a trail to address disability inclusion in business. The organisation is made up of over 500 partners and companies working together to end disability exclusion. The campaign strives to help make radical changes to the lives of those 1.3 billion people living with a disability.

To amplify the message further and drive change the Valuable 500 is launching a summit in Tokyo called SYNC25. CEOs of 528 businesses will unite to learn from failures, build on successes and set the stage for the work to be done as they strive towards achieving real, transformative change through true Synchronised Collective Action.

To promote the event Adam&EveDDB has created a launch film. This will be promoted on the Valuable 500 social channels and supports the recent publication of its white paper on disability representation in media, marketing and product design in partnership with Yale University and research company Open Inclusion.

Richard Gayton and Darren Beresford, Creative Directors at adam&eveDDB, explained: “Given that unemployment among persons with disabilities is as high as 80% in some countries, the need for an organisation like Valuable 500, and an event like SYNC25 which turns business promises into tangible change, has never been greater. We are proud to have been able to contribute in a small way to the incredible momentum already established by the Valuable 500 to end disability exclusion.”

Katy Talikowska, CEO of the Valuable 500, added: “With our partners and companies, we build accountability by working together and removing systemic barriers to end disability exclusion. The launch of this manifesto video also announces the name of the Valuable 500 Accountability Summit, which will take place in Tokyo at the end of 2025. SYNC25 will be a landmark event and a moment for our partners and companies to own their commitments, highlight successes, learn from setbacks, and set ambitions for the future.”

She continued: “This video brings together disabled people representing diverse, intersectional identities to showcase the beauty and power of synchronicity. Our recent white paper on Inclusive Disability Representation calls on companies to join us in developing a shared, global standard and set of practices that can be applied across various industries. 

This is vital to our ongoing work to drive positive change in disability inclusion across three Synchronised Collective Actions in Leadership, Reporting, and Representation. Unstoppable transformation cannot happen alone.”

Directed by Dan DiFelice in partnership with Biscuit Filmworks, the launch film aims to inspire and encourage the business community to accelerate their work to end disability exclusion and hold themselves accountable ahead of the SYNC25 accountability summit to be held in Tokyo on 3rd December 2025.

Taking inspiration from a murmuration, the phenomenon in which very large groups of birds, fishes or insects move and change direction together, the film depicts a group of swimmers with and without disability, all collaborating to form a synchronised display. A metaphorical illustration of the power of Synchronised Collective Action and how beautiful things happen when people come together.

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