The Asia and Pacific region provides a dynamic range of countries and socio-economic contexts. Responsible business practices are increasingly promoted within enterprises, including the recognition of the benefits of the best practice that enables the economic contribution of people with disabilities as valued employees.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated pre-existing labour market barriers faced by people with disabilities in the Asia and Pacific region. At the same time, the pandemic has accelerated certain Future of Work mega trends, including the growth of the digital economy and the demand for digitally skilled workers.
The ILO Global Business Disability Network (GBDN) two-day conference will highlight recent corporate promising practices in addressing disability inclusion as well as the work of National Business and Disability Networks. The focus on the second day will be Digital in Demand (DiD) initiatives, aimed at bringing enterprises and digital skills training providers closer together to enable the employment of persons with disabilities in the digital economy, including by tackling stereotypes based on disability and gender.
The conference is intended for business leaders from ILO GBDN member companies and from the wider business community in the Asia and Pacific region; members of National Business and Disability Networks; digital skills training providers; anyone wanting to learn more about innovative partnerships with the private sector that benefit business, people with disabilities and society more widely.
The free-of-charge conference will take place virtually from 1pm to 5pm (Bangkok time) on both 23 and 24 November. Live captioning and sign language interpretation will be provided.
Check back soon for the conference registration link and additional information.