Private Equity INDEX Results - Q1 2022

21 Feb 2022 | Index | General | Legislation | Accessibility | Private sector

Michelle Hay
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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is high up the agenda for a lot of public and private organisations, but do such policies include website accessibility?

Whilst we’d like to see this as priority for all, the reality is that the majority of websites are discriminating against users living with disabilities.

The Private Equity Sector is no exception, their websites should be made accessible under the Equalities Act 2010. We assessed the websites of 64 Private Equity firms against our accessibility tests, checks and measures to see how inclusive they are.

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From our assessments, we can see

  • 9 organisations failed A and AA tests on every page we assessed.
  • 11 organisations passed AA on every page we assessed, but 6 of these failed A on every page.

Some organisations include a dedicated accessibility statement on their website, claiming compliance to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 or 2.1, Level AA. However, it’s worthwhile remembering that conformance at higher levels does not guarantee conformance at lower levels. For example, to fully conform to AA, a webpage must meet both A and AA individually, as the results of our assessment show, the two are individual standards with individual tests.

View the compliance levels of all organisations included this quarters INDEX results,