On 31 July 2018, the ILO Global Business and Disability Network (GBDN) launched its China Chapter in Beijing. Five Chinese enterprises and nine foreign companies operating in China have decided to join forces to facilitate the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the workplace. These are China.org.cn, Chongqing Farsight Printing, Hunan Anbang Pharmaceutical, Shandong USTZE, UCOMMUNE, Accor Hotels, Carrefour, Flex, IBM, JP Morgan, L’Oreal, Sodexo, Standard Chartered GBS China, and Taicang Inclusion Factory.
The 14 founding members of the 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, the Network gathers knowledge and expertise that is disseminated among its members. Thanks to the Network, companies have come to realize that hiring persons with disabilities gives them access to a pool of productive talents, offering new and diverse perspectives to business innovation.