Product accessibility has always been a focus for Spotify. Earlier this year, we introduced improvements to Spotify’s mobile experience that included buttons with increased readability features, options for text resizing, and a beta for podcast transcripts.
We recognize, however, that there is more work to be done to ensure an inclusive experience for listeners, as well as for our artists and creators. So today, we are reaffirming our focus on accessibility and announcing that Spotify has joined the Valuable 500, a global network of companies committed to disability inclusion.
At Spotify, our platform is for everyone, and so is our workplace. You are welcome as you are, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or what’s playing in your headphones. Diversity, inclusion, and belonging are at the heart of Spotify, and we are committed to being accessible for all.
Here’s how we’re committing to the Valuable 500 goals across our workplace, platform, and users:
Our bandmates: The more perspectives we have represented and amplified within the halls of Spotify, the more we will all contribute, thrive, and be brilliant. We are committed to embedding disability inclusion and accessibility in everything we do for our people around the world. We will continue to develop our global mental health initiative, Heart & Soul, and are committed to making our global office spaces fully accessible and inclusive.
Listeners: Spotify is part of the lives of more than 381 million people around the world, and ensuring our platform is accessible to everyone is a priority. Our dedicated Accessibility team is laser focused on creating inclusive experiences for all and will continue to ensure we are building a product with accessibility at its core.
Artists and creators: Our platform is powerful, and we’re using it to amplify the voices, stories, and cultures of marginalized and underrepresented communities around the world. We will continue to develop our support for artists and creators with disabilities and use our platform to share their talents.
We all have the best intentions, but for us, that isn’t enough. To foster a diverse and inclusive culture, we’ve put a dedicated global Diversity, Inclusion, & Belonging strategy into action. Read more about our work here.
The Valuable 500 was launched in 2019 by Caroline Casey, an award-winning social entrepreneur. On our Spot On! podcast, a show about the intersection of leadership and diversity, listeners can hear Caroline share more about the global network and learn tips on how to break the silence on disability.