On September 14th, DigitAll - with BNP Paribas Fortis and Proximus as main partners - brought various governments of our country together with about 30 companies, public bodies and social organizations on the topic of digital inclusion. In their effort to narrow down the digital divide in Belgium, the various parties - including In The Pocket - signed the Digital Inclusion Charter to underline their commitment to undertake concrete actions to fight digital exclusion.
DigitAll is the new name of the Digital Inclusion Ecosystem launched by BNP Paribas Fortis in November 2020. The aim of the initiative is to narrow down the digital divide in Belgium by putting digital inclusion higher on the agenda. The ecosystem is currently working on three specific projects: a national awareness campaign to highlight the importance of digital inclusion, an assessment and label of how digital inclusive a company is, and a mobile solution to teach digital skills to hard-to-reach target groups.
Digital Inclusion Charter
Proximus and BNP Paribas Fortis brought all parties together to seal their involvement in the project and affirm their commitment to promoting digital inclusion in Belgium. The Charter facilitates the development of a network around digital inclusion and also contributes to raising awareness of the digital divide.
"Proximus is committed to making digital technologies accessible to everyone, regardless of physical abilities, economic background, cultural origin, education or age. Our support to DigitAll, gathering various stakeholders around a common commitment to foster digital inclusion, is a logical outcome of this ambition. I am convinced that exchanging ideas and defining common actions together with all the partners involved can lead to substantial progress in ensuring an inclusive, safe and sustainable Belgium." - Guillaume Boutin, CEO of Proximus
Accessibility at In The Pocket
In The Pocket has been involved in drafting the DI charter, and continues to be involved in developing an audit and label for companies that want to do better.
As a digital product studio, we want to make products that make people happy and businesses grow. That means including as many users as possible by design. We want everyone, abled or disabled, to enjoy the products we deliver. Because most of us are only temporarily abled, accessibility concerns us all. And a second important factor: digital inclusivity will soon become a standard European requirement. By focusing on accessibility & inclusive design, we want to help our customers prepare for what’s coming and become a trusted partner that knows its way around the topic when the European regulations come into play.
Our core team dedicated their time to research, understanding and finding solutions to accessibility problems and needs for digital products. In a cross-role collaboration, they were able to enact change within all of our teams: increasing awareness, providing teams with the right knowledge sources, creating opportunities for people to become comfortable with a11y developing & testing…
"We brought together a group of passionate people from all over In The Pocket that work on increasing their knowledge on accessibility and digital inclusion, work together with teams to help them change their way of working and help them convince our clients. So we’re not only building awareness internally, but also convincing our clients to build more inclusive products every day." - Stephanie Depuydt, Product Management Lead