ILO Publications

Recent and selected publications addressing disability

Disability in the Workplace: Employers' Organizations and Business Networks

Disability in the Workplace: Employers' Organizations and Business Networks, 2016

The first edition of the Disability in the Workplace: Employers’ Organizations and Business Networks was published in 2011 to share practices on how different business organizations support and promote employment of people with disabilities. In this publication, 14 organizations introduce and share their initiatives and practices on disability inclusion. The good practice examples demonstrate that national networks can be instrumental in promoting joint initiatives among companies, for instance in providing training to disabled job seekers in professions and skills that are in demand. Business and disability networks can also support a legislative and policy environment that is more conducive to the employment of persons with disabilities.

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Business as unusual: Making workplaces inclusive of people with disabilities, 2014

The inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace is no longer absent from the business agenda. Nonetheless, managers still struggle in implementing inclusion strategies effectively. Based on examples from 15 multinational companies, employers’ organizations and business networks, this publication presents key factors leading to the successful inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace. Divided into two main sections – the why and the how, it provides solutions and ideas on how to improve and expand existing practices, as well as guidance to those who wish to get started and take active part in transforming what it is still perceived as unusual into a natural component of the work environment.

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Available also in Spanish and Bahasa Indonesia

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Inclusion of Youth with Disabilities: The Business Case, 2014

In the context of a youth unemployment crisis, youth with specific disadvantages, such as having a disability, face even more barriers to decent work. In light of this challenge, the ILO Global Business & Disability Network compiled a collection of positive examples from 10 companies of different sizes sectors and countries in their efforts to train or employ young people with disabilities. Each case study provides the reader with a short overview of how initiatives were set up and implemented, with practical tips and advice from managers to encourage replication of these examples of successful initiatives.

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Also available in Spanish and Bahasa Indonesia

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Disability and Corporate Social Responsibility reporting: an analysis comparing reporting practices of 40 selected multinational enterprises, 2014

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has become an integral part of corporate strategy in recent years. It consists of a multifaceted approach that has an impact on both society and the company. It encompasses human rights and environmental issues, contributing to community development, all the while improving company reputation, brand image and corporate culture. To explore how companies are integrating disability into their CSR work, this publication investigates reporting practices of 40 multinational enterprises. 



Disability in the Workplace: Employers' Organizations and Business Networks, 2011

This report presents 12 contemporary case studies of employers' organizations and business networks and their work around the issue of disability in the workplace. The profiles highlight how representative organizations of business engage with their members to address disability by illustrating key practices and activities, providing information and tools on disability and employment, influencing policy on employment and training of disabled people, providing career development opportunities and linking disabled job seekers with employers.


Also available in Chinese, FrenchSpanish and Russian


Equality at work: The continuing challenge – Global report under the follow-up to the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, 2011

The document provides a global picture of job-related discrimination, citing both progress and failures in the struggle to fight discrimination ranging from tradition forms, such as sex, race or religion, to newer forms on age, sexual orientation, HIV/AIDS and disability.


Disability in the Workplace: Company Practices, 2010

This report presents 25 contemporary case studies of company policies and practices related to disability, including hiring and retention, the development of products and services, and corporate social responsibility (CSR). It has been described by a major multinational corporation as a “goldmine of ideas” for developing its disability diversity strategy.


Also available in Chinese, FrenchSpanish, Armenian and Russian


The price of exclusion: The economic consequences of excluding people with disabilities from the world of work, 2009

By using data from a selection of ten countries in Asia and Africa, the author of this paper estimates the macro-economic costs of excluding people with disabilities from the world of work.


Count us in! How to make sure that women with disabilities can participate effectively in mainstream women’s entrepreneurship development activities, 2008

These guidelines, developed during a project funded by Irish Aides, are first in a series of practical advice to be made available to ILO Employment Sector specialists and broadly, with a view to making it possible for them to meet the goals of equal employment and treatment of disabled persons, to advance the ILO’s Decent Work Agenda and to contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.  


EmployAbility: A resource guide on disability for employers in Asia and the Pacific, 2007

This publication offers a collection of resources and examples of good practice to assist businesses and organizations wanting to benefit from the business case for recruiting, hiring and retaining people with disabilities as employees.  


The right to decent work of persons with disabilities, 2007

This publication builds on an ILO working paper commissioned in 2003 to the deliberations then taking place in preparation for the development of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The author describes the challenges that people with disabilities around the world face in employment, including unemployment, low-paid jobs, accessibility in the workplace and to transportation and housing, and prejudice among co-workers. Also describes what is being done to remove these barriers and integrate workers with disabilities into the workforce.  


Unlocking Potential: A multinational corporation roundtable on disability and employment, 2005

This report presents the proceedings of a meeting organized by the ILO in collaboration with UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Employment and Poverty Alleviation Task force of the Thematic Working Group on Disability Related Concerns for the Asia Pacific in 2005.


World Report on Disability, 2011

This document, jointly published by the World Health Organization and the World Bank, reviews evidence about the situation of people with disabilities around the world. It contains specific chapters on health, rehabilitation, assistance and support, enabling environments, education and employment. The final chapter offers nine concrete recommendations for policy and practice, which if put in place, could lead to real improvements on the lives of people with disabilities.



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