Episode 2

Published on:

6th Jul 2021

How Sam Latif is Helping Procter and Gamble Innovate for the 1 Billion People Living With Disabilities

Sumaira “Sam” Latif, Procter & Gamble’s company accessibility leader in the UK, helps create innovative breakthroughs to make P&G’s products more accessible to more than 1 billion people living with disabilities. Sam’s passion for this work comes from personal experience - she is blind herself - and we learn more about her journey and the innovative ways she is helping this global giant become a force for growth and good.

Check out our companion book Good is The New Cool: The Principles of Purpose at www.theprinciplesofpurpose.com and you can join the Good is The New Cool community at www.goodisthenewcool.com

About Sam Latif

Sam is P&G’s first Company Accessibility Leader and is leading P&G’s thought leadership and commitment to making products, packaging and advertising accessible for both the growing aging population, and the 1.7 billion people around the world with a disability.

Winning with 50+/PwD consumers is critical for P&G to grow. By 2030 we will have more >50 consumers to serve vs under 50 and 36% of 50+ consumers will experience a disability. We estimate today that we are losing 1BN dollars per annum across our Categories by not serving this segment. P&G has an opportunity to reach more consumers with more accessible and irresistible products and packaging for all.

Sam was born in the UK and is a first-generation Scottish Pakistani. She is blind and the passion for what she is doing at P&G has been inspired by the personal access challenges she has experienced as both a consumer and an employee. Sam studied Marketing and Business Law at the University of Stirling in Scotland and began her career at P&G in IT. She has lead IT transformations across multiple worldwide businesses, including fragrances, Pampers, Olay and Gillette.

In 2015, Sam switched focus from running IT businesses to figuring out what it would take to make P&G become the most accessible company for the consumers we serve and was appointed as the company’s first Special Consultant for Inclusive Design. During this time, Sam worked with the Herbal Essences business to explore how we could make it easier to help people tell the difference between shampoo and conditioner, especially in the shower when people are not wearing their corrective eyewear. It’s estimated that 79% of the population in the west wear corrective eyewear and so it is quite hard for people to tell our shampoo and conditioner bottles apart from sight alone.

In February 2019, Sam was promoted to Senior Director and became P&G’s first Company Accessibility Leader and is responsible for making P&G’s workplace, products and packaging and communications fully accessible to everyone. Sam is married and has three children, boy and girl twins aged 7 and a 10-year-old boy. Sam is enjoying the challenge of learning to play the piano and working out at the gym.

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About the Podcast

Good Is The New Cool
The Field Recordings
Purpose is the buzzword of the moment, with socially conscious consumers, activist employees, and impact investors fueling the cultural revolution around business as a force for good.

But what is Purpose? How do companies and brands discover and articulate it? How can older companies reverse-engineer it into their DNA in an authentic and meaningful way?

In their new podcast series, Good Is The New Cool: The Field Recordings, Bobby Jones and Afdhel Aziz meet the men and women on the purpose revolution’s front lines, taking you inside visionary companies like Patagonia, TOMS, and Participant Films, as well as global giants like Procter and Gamble, Mattel, and Activision, all in the hopes of inspiring you to harness the power of purpose for yourself.

Check out the companion book Good is The New Cool: The Principles of Purpose at www.theprinciplesofpurpose.com

Join the Good is The New Community at www.goodisthenewcool.com

The podcast was produced by Natalia Rodriguez Ford and Eli Block.

About your hosts

Afdhel Aziz

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AFDHEL AZIZ is the Founder and Chief Purpose Officer of Conspiracy of Love, the world’s most inspiring purpose consultancy which advises some of the world’s largest companies like adidas, Unilever, AB Inbev, Mondelez, Diageo, PepsiCo. He is also an internationally acclaimed keynote speaker, author and Forbes contributor.

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Twitter: @afdhelaziz


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BOBBY JONES is co-founder of Conspiracy of Love, the world's most inspiring purpose consultancy. He is also co-founder and CEO of Good is the New Cool. This global community connects and serves purpose-driven leaders. He is a top-selling author, international speaker, expert on conscious capitalism, and successful businessman who is on an inspiring mission to show individuals and companies worldwide how to be forces for Good.

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LinkedIn: Bobby Jones
Twitter: @mrbobbyjones