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PMI Commits to Disability Inclusion by Joining The Valuable 500

Philip Morris International Inc.(PMI) (NYSE: PM) today announced that CEO AndrA© Calantzopoulos has joined The Valuable 500a??a global movement putting disability inclusion on the business leadership agenda. Signing on to this initiative marks another significant step in PMIa??s journey of advancing inclusion and diversity in the workplace.

AndrA© Calantzopoulos said: "Businesses with a global operating footprint, such as PMI, can make a meaningful impact by ensuring that everyonea??including individuals with a disabilitya??can prosper in the workplace. By signing The Valuable 500, I am proud to join forces with a host of other CEOs who are challenging their organizations and the business world to broaden the focus of their inclusion and diversity efforts, and to help create a more inclusive world for the 1.3 billion people with disabilities. This is the right thing to do as part of our broader work to create a more equitable society. And it is also the smart thing to do, allowing PMI to tap into a population of talented individuals whose diverse perspectives and life experiences will help us to unlock the creativity and innovation needed to propel us toward our vision of a smoke-free future.a??

In 2021, as part of this commitment to action, PMI will (i) establish a Global Employee Resource Group on Disability as a forum through which to create a greater understanding of what it means to have a disability and build a shared sense of community and allyship among all employees; (ii) make its internal and external communication technologies more accessible to all; and (iii) reduce the prejudice and misunderstanding associated with disability, with a focus on mental health, to create a workplace in which individuals feel comfortable speaking openly about these topics. More information is available here.

Caroline Casey, founder of The Valuable 500, said: "We are delighted to welcome PMI as a member of The Valuable 500. Our global movement is putting disability on the business leadership agenda. By joining our inclusion revolution, businesses have the opportunity to accelerate growth, drive innovation, and improve brand reputation. Wea??ve created a powerful business community to support these companies as they advance along their disability inclusion journeys and celebrate those that are leading the way. We believe everyone has a unique perspective, and when disabled people are included, we all win.a??

Businesses and business leaders have a critical role to play in progressing equality and inclusion around the world and driving social change. PMI is committed to maintaining a culture that celebrates diversity and fosters inclusion so that as many different voices and experiences as possible are included in PMIa??s innovation practices. By more accurately reflecting society as a whole across the companya??s employee base, PMI will be better equipped to serve its customers and make progress toward its vision of a smoke-free future.
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