The ILO Global Business and Disability Network presents a unique platform for multinational enterprises to advance their commitments to workplace diversity as it relates to people with disabilities and for employers’ organizations to more effectively advise their members. Structured as a public-private partnership, the Network offers its business members with opportunities to engage with a range of stakeholders, including the ILO, UN agencies, employers’ organizations, governments, disabled people's organizations, universities and the civil society.
While many opportunities may exist at country level to collaborate on a variety of diversity issues, the ILO Global Business and Disability Network offers a global perspective, with possible linkages to local communities. The Network Secretariat will assist each member identify their needs for information, guidance, coaching or support so they can link or partner with the type of organization that best suits their needs for expertise, on global, regional or national levels.
Using techniques like crowdsourcing, diverse groups can join together to identify innovative solutions to shared challenges. Lead members can serve as role models for others. Resource groups can provide specific knowledge to help companies identify the best policies and practices to make their workplaces more accessible to disabled persons and their products lines more useable to all. Employers’ organizations can benefit from learning about disability management and enhancing their technical advisory skills they need to respond to their members.