Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 442,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives.
The Accor Group is one of the world’s leading hotel operators, headquartered in Evry, France. Through Accor Hospitality, the company serves travellers in luxury hotel Sofitel and upscale brand Pullman; midscale hotels Novotel, Mercure, and Adagio; and economy chains Ibis, All Seasons, Etap Hotel, Formule 1, Motel 6 and Studio 6. The hotels are located in 90 countries, with 4,200 properties of almost 500,000 rooms.
The Adecco Group, based in Zurich, Switzerland, is the world’s leading provider of HR solutions. With more than 34,000 employees and a network of 5,600 branches, in over 60 countries and territories around the world, Adecco Group offers a wide variety of services, connecting over 700,000 associates with well over 100,000 clients every day. The services offered fall into the broad categories of temporary staffing, permanent placement, career transition, and outsourcing.
Atos is a leader in digital services with pro forma annual revenue of circa 13 billion euros and circa 100,000 employees in 73 countries, serving a global client base. Atos strives to create the firm of the future. Atos believes that bringing together people, business and technology is the way forward. Atos embraces this journey, striving to remain the trusted partner that delivers digital empowerment to clients. Atos is also the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
AXA is a worldwide leader in insurance and asset management, with 160,000 employees and distributors serving 105 million clients in 62 countries. To achieve their ambition of becoming the most inclusive company in the financial services and an employer of choice, they are dedicated to cultivating an atmosphere where all employees feel fully engaged and included in their business strategy and where everyone can bring their whole selves to work every day. By focusing on abilities, they tap into a wide talent pool and have seen great success in programs focused on recruiting and retaining people with diverse abilities.
BNP Paribas is a leading bank in Europe with an international reach. It has a presence in 75 countries, with more than 189,000 employees. The Group helps all its clients to realize their projects through solutions spanning financing, investment, savings and protection insurance. BNP Paribas was one of the first banking groups to adopt a policy to prevent workplace discrimination and promote diversity. In 2006, it included discrimination risk in its 30 major operational risks. BNP Paribas also ensures that all differences are respected and valued, with a diversity policy firmly focused on promoting equal opportunities and inclusion. Since 2004, the Group’s diversity policy is implemented on a daily basis with the signing of agreements, diversity training to curtail stereotypes, and measures to advance equal opportunities for men and women and to increase the international profile of management teams. The Group defined a disability policy to facilitate the recruitment and integration of disabled employees, partnerships with specialized associations and support for employees’ networks that foster inclusion.
The Carrefour Group, headquartered in Boulogne Billancourt, France, is an international retail group specializing in large-scale distribution. With 10,860 stores in 30 countries around the world, it is the largest retailer in Europe. More than 380,000 employees work for Carrefour in France, Europe, South America and Asia. The Group operates several grocery store formats: hypermarkets, supermarkets, hard discount and convenience stores.
The Casino Group is a retailer headquartered in Saint-Étienne, France. The Group’s multi-format offering – convenience and discount stores, hypermarkets, and e-commerce – and private-labelled products have allowed it to become a leading retailer in France and in fast-growing international markets, such as Latin America and the Indian Ocean region. The Casino Group has about 12,000 stores and 227,000 employees around the world, of which 76,000 are employed in France.
Headquartered in Midland, Michigan, USA, the Dow Chemcial Company addresses many of the world’s challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Through its diversified portfolio of specialty chemicals, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastic businesses, Dow delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries.
As a global leader in low-carbon energy, the EDF Group covers every sector of expertise, from generation to trading and transmission grids. EDF builds on the expertise of its people, its R&D and engineering skills, its experience as a leading industry operator and the attentive support of its customers to deliver competitive solutions that successfully reconcile economic growth with climate protection.
ENGIE is a global energy player and an expert operator in the three businesses of electricity, natural gas and energy services. The Group develops its businesses around a model based on responsible growth to take on the major challenges of the transition to a low-carbon economy: access to sustainable energy, climate-change mitigation and adaptation, security of supply and the rational use of resources.
International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) is a technology company, headquartered in Armonk, New York, USA. It is the largest technology and consulting employer in the world, serving clients in 170 countries. The Company operates through five segments: Cognitive Solutions, Global Business Services (GBS), Technology Services & Cloud Platforms, Systems and Global Financing.
L’Oréal has devoted itself to beauty for over 100 years. With its unique international portfolio of 34 diverse and complementary brands, the Group generated sales amounting to 26.02 billion euros in 2017 and employs 82,600 people worldwide. As the world’s leading beauty company, L’Oréal is present across all distribution networks: mass market, department stores, pharmacies and drugstores, hair salons, travel retail, branded retail and e-commerce. Research and innovation, and a dedicated research team of 3,885 people, are at the core of L’Oréal’s strategy, working to meet beauty aspirations all over the world. L’Oréal’s sustainability commitment for 2020, “Sharing Beauty With All”, sets out ambitious sustainable development objectives across the Group’s value chain.
Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. From installation components and user interfaces to building systems, the Group offers high-value-added products and solutions for commercial, residential and industrial buildings. Every day, over 37,000 dedicated Legrand employees help develop connected buildings and provide sustainable access to electricity for millions of users around the world.
Michelin is a tire manufacturer dedicated to sustainably improving the mobility of goods and people. It also offers electronic mobility support services and publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Michelin is present in more than 170 countries, has 112,300 employees and operates 68 production plants in 17 different countries.
Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators, headquartered in Paris, France. The Group has a total customer base close to 263 million customers, including 202 million mobile customers and 20 million broadband internet customers in 220 countries and territories worldwide.
Repsol is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, present across the entire oil and gas value chain and operating in areas ranging from the extraction and production of hydrocarbons to the commercialization of energy solutions. Repsol’s integrated business model puts the focus on value creation and efficiency, and the company believes that technological innovation will be decisive in achieving a safer and more sustainable energy model. Repsol has a team of over 25,000 employees across more than 37 countries.
Savola is the leading strategic investment holding group in the food and retail sectors across the MENAT (Middle East, North Africa and Turkey) region. Savola Group focuses its resources on building a strong portfolio of assets in the food and retail sectors. Through companies under Savola’s two entities, Savola Foods and Savola Retail, the Group now operates large numbers of grocery stores and produces everyday household staples in 30 countries.
Société Générale is one of the leading financial services groups in Europe. Based on a diversified and integrated banking model, the Group combines financial solidity and a strategy of sustainable growth. Its objective is to be the leading relationship-focused bank, a reference in its markets, close to its clients and chosen for the quality and commitment of its teams.
Sodexo, headquartered in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France, is a food services and management company that offers a wide range of services to companies, government agencies, educational institutions, retirement and nursing homes, military bases and public institutions. Sodexo serves 50 million customers per day through its 34,000 sites across 80 countries.
“Africa is our home, we drive her growth.” As the biggest financial services organisation on the African continent, Standard Bank, which is headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, has operations in 21 sub-Saharan countries in Africa, and small offices in various key international financial hubs, including London, Beijing and New York. Standard Bank employs over 55,000 people.
Standard Chartered is a leading international banking group, with around 86,000 employees and a 150-year history in some of the world’s most dynamic markets. As a leading International bank, they strive to help people and businesses prosper across Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Their heritage and values are expressed in their brand promise: “Here for good.” Standard Chartered PLC is listed on the London and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges as well as the Bombay and National Stock Exchanges in India.
Telenor Group is a provider of telecommunication data and media communication services. Headquartered in Oslo, Norway, Telenor operates in 11 countries in the Nordic region, Central and Eastern Europe and Asia. The Group has 301 million subscribers and a workforce of approximately 33,000 employees.
Total is the world’s fourth-largest oil and gas company, as well as a major integrated player in low-carbon energies. Backed by nearly a century of history Total discovers, produces, transforms, markets and distributes energy in a variety of forms, to serve the end customer.
The K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability conducts research, and provides training, technical assistance and online resources to promote workplace disability inclusion both nationally and globally. 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) is an umbrella organisation of 33 Danish national disability organizations. 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 organizations, 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.
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.
The International Disability Alliance (IDA) is an alliance of eight global and six regional organizations of persons with disabilities. IDA advocates at the UN for a more inclusive global environment for persons with disabilities and their organizations. 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 organizations of persons with disabilities worldwide to take part in UN and international human rights processes, and use international accountability mechanisms.
Leonard Cheshire Disability is a UK registered charity and one of the largest pan-disability civil society organizations, giving them a strong voice with which to foster and influence profound change. They 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 inclusive programming delivered by local partners, advocacy initiatives and a world-renowned research facility.
Light for the World is an international organization 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 organization working to prevent avoidable blindness, support equality for people with disabilities and advocate for change. They have over 65 years of experience in disability inclusive development and currently work in over 30 countries, partnering with local, regional and national partners, ministries, governments and non-governmental groups. 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.
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.
The Australian Network on Disability (AND) is an organization funded by Australian private and public employers, established to advance the inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of business. The AND aims to support its members and other organizations to change their internal behaviours, attitudes and systems, and increase their knowledge so that they can confidently engage with disabled persons. The organization has over 100 members from a range of sectors, including banking, retail, education, recruitment, professional services, manufacturing and public administration.
The Austrian DisAbility Business Forum is the largest business-to-business network connecting disability and business in Austria. Its vision is to make the business community a driving force in creating an equal society. The Austrian DisAbility Business Forum builds “disAbility confidence” by empowering its members to fully realize the potential of disabled people as clients and employees. To this end, its inclusive team organizes networking events for peer-to-peer exchange of disability knowledge and best practices. The Austrian DisAbility Business Forum also provides support with advisory services and awareness-building workshops and seminars. The Austrian DisAbility Business Forum is managed by the multiple award-winning social entrepreneurship myAbility.
Bangladesh Business and Disability Network (BBDN) is a unique network of employers and employers’ associations formed in collaboration with disability organizations, NGOs and development partners, with a purpose of creating a more disability inclusive workforce in Bangladesh. BBDN is the first network of its kind in Bangladesh, bringing together the various stakeholders involved with disability inclusion to focus on generating employment for people with disabilities, raising awareness about the business case for hiring people with disabilities and serving as the collective voice of employers in the policy discourse. While the Network is led by and targeted towards employers, there is a concerted effort to establish links between the demand and supply side stakeholders to facilitate knowledge sharing on successes and challenges and to promote collaboration.
The Rede Empresarial de Inclusão Social (Business Network for Social Inclusion) is the first and only business group exclusively dedicated to disability inclusion in the workplace in Brazil. Led by Serasa Experian, the network’s current 58 multinational and Brazilian member companies develop joint products, debate and share experiences and difficulties encountered in hiring and training persons with disabilities, and actively engage public authorities on these issues.
Canadian Business SenseAbility is a national not-for-profit business network that offers expertise and resources to help businesses across Canada turn disability into business opportunity. It offers one-stop source of information and advice on disability inclusion from a Canadian business perspective.
The Red de Empresas Inclusivas (Inclusive Business Network) is hosted by the Federation of Chilean Industry (SOFOFA) and aims to encourage, advise and collaborate with companies on the inclusion of people with disabilities. The network relies on a collaborative approach between the business sector, public authorities and civil society.
The 14 founding members of GBDN-China have agreed on strategies to reach out to interested stakeholders and to tackle the challenges that companies face when hiring and retaining persons with disabilities. Through the sharing of experiences and best practices, GBDN-China gathers knowledge and expertise that is disseminated among its members.
The Red de Empresas Inclusivas (Inclusive Business Network) is a network of more than 60 companies in Costa Rica created with the purpose of promoting the hiring of people with disabilities, exchanging good practices between members and improving the image of the working population with disabilities in the country. This network is an initiative from the Costa Rican Business Association for Development (Asociación Empresarial para el Desarrollo), supported by the OAS, ILO, UNDP and the Ministry of Labour of Costa Rica.
In December 2015, a group of businesses operating in Egypt with a shared interest in inclusive employment opportunities established a network in which they regularly share experiences, challenges and solutions on hiring people with disabilities. The Egyptian Business and Disability Network includes 14 diverse companies, from small to very large employers, both nationally owned as well as multinational corporations.
The Círculo de Empresas Inclusivas (Circle of Inclusive Companies) supports companies in becoming more inclusive of people with disabilities and provides advice on issues like hiring staff with disabilities and changing organizational culture.
The Ethiopian Business and Disability Network (EBDN) addresses disability as a diversity issue from a private-sector perspective. It does this through information and knowledge sharing, joint action, improving the technical skills of members, their networks and staff, and through corporate social responsibility activities. It assists local companies to adapt products and services to the needs of customers with disabilities.
The UnternehmensForum is a nationwide and cross-sectoral network of companies which aims to enable people with disabilities to participate fully in working life. To this end, the network is developing measures and recommendations for recruiting as well as developing the skills of people with disabilities. The network also promotes examples of best practice. The approach is centred on the employers’ desire to use all the opportunities and potential available to them.
With support from the ILO, five companies established the Indonesia Business and Disability Network (IBDN) in Jakarta in December 2016. THE IBDN’s mission is to encourage business communities in Indonesia to be more inclusive and conducive for disability inclusion through exchange of information and experiences as well as sustainable and mutually beneficial programme collaboration between companies.
The Red Iberoamericana de Empresas Inclusivas (Ibero-American Network of Inclusive Companies) brings together companies committed to disability inclusion in Latin America, Spain and Portugal. The Network’s objective is to foster a business culture that values diversity in the labour market and promotes workplaces inclusive of persons with disabilities. Developed within the framework of the “Programme for the Employment of Persons with Disabilities in Ibero-America”, and coordinated by the Ibero-American Social Security Organization (OISS) with the support of the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID), the Network formalizes the disability inclusion work carried out with various companies and business networks in the region.
Business Mauritius is an independent association that represents over 1,200 local businesses and has a national, regional and international reach. Business Mauritius is the coordinating body and the voice of local business, and delivers services that sustain the progress of both business and community.
Movimiento Congruencia is an initiative of the Mexican business sector which, together with social organizations and educational institutions, aims to provide equal opportunities and inclusion of person with disabilities in the workplace. The companies that participate in Movimiento Congruencia recognize the benefits of the diverse talent that people with disabilities represent and are eager to share their practices with other organizations.
Advocating for enterprise and promoting the voice of thousands of businesses across New Zealand, BusinessNZ works for positive change through new thinking, productivity and innovation.
Peru – Red Peruana de Empresas y Discapacidad
Established with support from the ILO, the Red Peruana de Empresas y Discapacidad (Peruvian Business and Disability Network) aims to promote strategic cooperation among employers, persons with disabilities and government authorities, so that decent and productive work for people with disabilities becomes a reality in the country.
The Come CloSeR to Disability Task Force was set up on the basis of the “Business Closer to Disability” declaration signed after the 2016 edition of the Come CloSeR Show. The group includes representatives of a dozen or so international companies and independent experts specializing in issues related to diversity and disability.
The Qaderoon Network is an organization that aims to provide guidance, advice, training and best practice examples to employers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with a view to facilitating the recruitment and retention of employees with disabilities through favourable government policy and disability confident work environments. Qaderoon works in coordination with multiple stakeholders, including governmental entities, the private sector and non-profit organizations.
South African Employers for Disability (SAE4D) is a non-profit business network that promotes recruitment, retention and skills development for people with disabilities in the workplace in South Africa. It helps its members to confidently address the array of issues and questions that arise in creating effective inclusion practices and policies, especially where compliance with the South African legal framework is concerned.
Sponsored by Fundación ONCE and the European Social Fund, the Foro Inserta Responsable (FIR) is a business network in Spain that provides its members with an open space for social innovation. Its main goal is to promote training and employment for people with disabilities and share good CSR and disability inclusion practices. FIR helps and encourages companies to employ people with disabilities, and its members receive a wide range of HR services through FSC Inserta. FIR currently has more than 80 members, including multinational companies, prominent business schools, disability movement representatives and CSR think tanks.
The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC), with funding from the ILO, developed the Employers’ Network on Disability with the objective of facilitating employment and training opportunities in the private sector for disabled job seekers.The Network was officially launched in the year 2000 and its objective is to create links between the business community and organizations dealing with disability issues to facilitate mainstreaming its work.
Business Disability Forum is a not-for-profit member organization that makes it easier and more rewarding to do business with and employ disabled people. It builds disability-smart organizations to improve business performance by increasing confidence, accessibility, productivity and profitability. This is done by bringing together business people, disabled opinion leaders and government to understand what needs to change if disabled people are to be treated fairly so that they can contribute to business success, to society and to economic growth.
The National Business & Disability Council (NBDC) at The Viscardi Center is an employer organization and comprehensive resource for disability best practices. Its corporate partners are predominantly Fortune 1000 companies and government employers committed to disability diversity.
Vietnam – Blue Ribbon Employer Council
The Blue Ribbon Employer Council (BREC) was established in 2007 as a result of the partnership between USAID grantee Vietnam Assistance for the Handicapped (VNAH) and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry. BREC promotes the employment of persons with disabilities in Vietnam.
The Zambia Business and Disability Network (ZBDN) aims at raising awareness among employers about the positive relationship between the inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace and business success.