Non-company members

The ILO Global Business and Disability Network also engages with several non-company/business members, including global and regional disabled people's organizations, universities and the civil society. All non-company members also contribute with an annual financial contribution to the ILO Global Business and Disability Network.


Cornell University - Institute on Employment and Disability (ILR School)

The K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability conducts research, and provides training and technical assistance and online resources to promote workplace disability inclusion both nationally and globally (see  In addition to the inclusive workplace focus, the Yang-Tan Institute has a wide variety of resources and initiatives relating to public policy on employment and disability, school to work and community transition, inclusive education, healthy living, and community participation.

Disabled People's Organisations Denmark (DPOD)

Disabled People’s Organisations Denmark (DPOD) is an umbrella organisation of 33 Danish national disability organisations. DPOD is strongly committed to engaging in efforts that serve to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities in developing countries, including their right to work, on an equal basis with others. In close collaboration with its member organisations DPOD supports the development of vibrant, representative and inclusive disability movements that are able to advance the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and hold governments and other duty bearers effectively to account.

HI - Humanity & Inclusion

For nearly 35 years, HI has worked together with people with disabilities and vulnerable populations to meet their basic needs, improve their quality of life and advocate for their human rights. HI’s work includes the promotion of wage employment and self-employment of persons with disabilities through project implementation in partnership with businesses, government, vocational training centers and non-profit organizations in more than 30 countries across Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America.

International Disability Alliance (IDA)

The International Disability Alliance (IDA) is an alliance of eight global and six regional organisations of persons with disabilities. IDA advocates at the UN for a more inclusive global environment for persons with disabilities and their organisations. The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is IDA's touchstone. IDA is invested in ensuring that the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals are inclusive and in line with the CRPD. IDA supports organisations of persons with disabilities worldwide to take part in UN and international human rights processes, and use international accountability mechanisms.

Leonard Cheshire Disability

Leonard Cheshire Disability is a UK registered charity and one of the largest pan-disability civil society organisations, giving us a strong voice with which to foster and influence profound change.  We possess a powerful understanding of disability developed over 65 years, through five regional offices in Africa and Asia as well as a deeply rooted network of over 200 Leonard Cheshire Global Alliance members in 54 countries. Leonard Cheshire Disability has a proud record of having a positive and lasting impact on the lives of persons with disabilities worldwide through our inclusive programming delivered by local partners, our advocacy initiatives and our world-renowned research facility.

Light for the World

Light for the World is an international organisation with Austria, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Switzerland as core members, and Belgium and the Netherlands as associate members. Light for the World has country offices in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Mozambique, as well as an EU office in Brussels. Their programmes in 15 countries strengthen the rights of persons with disabilities, enabling them to lead a self-sustaining life and reducing systemic poverty by including persons with disabilities.


Sightsavers is an international non-governmental organisation working to prevent avoidable blindness, support equality for people with disabilities and advocate for change. We have over 65 years’ experience in disability inclusive development and currently work in over 30 countries. We partner with local, regional and national partners, ministries, governments and non-governmental groups in our programmes. An example of Sightsavers’ major successes include the Connecting the Dots project, supporting the economic empowerment of young men and women with disabilities in Uganda. The project has won an award from the Zero Project for its impact, innovation and scalability.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute – Inclusive Design and Accessibility (IDEA) Hub (Foisie Business School)

The Inclusive Design and Accessibility (IDEA) Hub is committed to being the premiere cooperative research lab on inclusive design and accessibility. Through research and student-based projects, the IDEA Hub provides resources that promote inclusive design and accessibility to the global community and is dedicated to helping businesses and other organizations increase their engagement of people with differing abilities worldwide. Through student engagement and high-quality research, the IDEA Hub applies both theory and practice in making a positive impact on the world.


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