Creating PWD Friendly Environments
Savola’s premises are 100% totally accessible for PWD and it has completed its Universal Accessibility Project which covered its operational companies. All of our facilities were assessed by GAATES (The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies & Environment). Our companies received compatibility certificates confirming that they meet the global accessibility standards.
In designing our workspaces we hope to reflect a positive and responsible public Image. We insure that workspaces comply with legislations and standards; that they increase the productivity and efficiency of PWD employees; and that they help increase engagement with PWD employees thus insure retaining them as employees.
But what do we mean in Savola when we say ‘Universal Designs’?
Universal Design is defined as:
The design of products and environments to be useable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.
Universal Design challenges designers to maximize the usability and marketability of their creations through recognizing the diversity of end users. The socially conscious universal philosophy promotes an inclusive approach to design, considering the needs of all users, regardless of age or ability.
Universal Design is applicable to any sector of the design community and is based on seven design principles:
- Equitable use
- Flexibility of use
- Simple and intuitive use
- Perceptible information
- Tolerance for error
- Low physical effort
- Size and space for approach and use
Savola’s Total Accessibility Project was implemented in the following three companies under the supervision of an international consultant:
- Afia International Company
- United Sugar Company
- Savola Plastics Company