The International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC’s) “Transforming Lives Makes Sense for Everyone” campaign, which showcases the employment legacy of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, has won a prestigious international award.

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The digital campaign—produced in partnership with the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Office and funded by BP and Bridgestone—took home a UN Sustainable Development Goals Action Award on May 2.

The IPC picked up the award in the Includer category, one of seven categories at the awards, which received more than 2,000 submissions from 142 countries.

Chief Marketing and Communications Officer Craig Spence accepted the award on behalf of the IPC.

“It is a wonderful honor for our team, whose hard work and commitment made this series a reality, and a fantastic recognition of how the work of the Paralympic Movement helps to advance the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

“We would like to thank BP and Bridgestone, because without them we would not have even been able to implement this campaign. It is through their dedication, sponsorship, and support of the Paralympic Movement that we can do this.

“Finally, we would like to thank the 4,237 people, the Para athletes, who competed at London 2012 and changed attitudes towards disability. Their amazing performances inspired the world, and it is thanks to them that one million more persons with disabilities are in employment in Great Britain now.”

Launched in December 2018 to coincide with the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the “Transforming Lives Makes Sense for Everyone” campaign features three short films that demonstrate how the London 2012 Paralympic Games contributed to one million more people with disabilities securing employment in Great Britain.

The films tell the stories of several people who either played key roles in driving inclusive employment or have secured employment following London 2012.

By the end of January 2019, the three films had reached 67 million people on social media, had been viewed more than 28.5 million times, and had generated more than 1.4 million engagements.

In the first three films, British Paralympians were among those who shared their employment experiences and challenges.

This included Paralympic equestrian champion Sophie Christiansen, who revealed her frustration at failing to secure employment pre-London 2012, despite holding a master’s degree in mathematics. With attitudes transformed thanks to London 2012, she secured a role as a Goldman Sachs analyst soon after the Games.

The three videos from the campaign can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtNNPwkoLtA&list=PL6CBAXPeBajlPBu_1ZiRIH1GuWc_wa-9p.

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