At A Glance

The ILO Global Business and Disability Network works to create a global workforce culture that is respectful and welcoming of people with disabilities. As part of this mission, much of our work is focused on four priority areas that are crucial to achieving this goal.

PRIVATE SECTOR EMPLOYMENT
IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

In developing countries, it is widely believed that the only way a person with a disability can obtain a livelihood is through self-employment in the informal economy. Private sector companies play an important role in challenging this view. Countries like Bangladesh, Indonesia, Peru and Zambia have established employer-led national networks on disability to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in formal workplaces.

DIGITAL ACCESSIBILITY

Digital accessibility should be a key concern for companies of all shapes and sizes, both in terms of attracting more diverse talent and with a view to increasing the base of customers with disabilities. While it is becoming widely accepted that accessibility should be integral to the design of digital products and services, not an afterthought, there is still work to do in order to turn this principle into a reality.

COMBATING STIGMA
AND STEREOTYPE

Businesses around the world are changing their ideas about the potential of employing people with disabilities. When companies actively work to tackle stigma and stereotypes at all levels in the workplace, they shift their focus to talent and inclusion and ensure that their hiring decisions are based in fact and evidence rather than misconceptions.

MENTAL HEALTH AT WORK

Mental health concerns are a growing issue for individuals, businesses and societies as a whole, and the negative impacts are economic as well as social. There is a strong business case for improving mental health at the workplace level.