The Ability Factor: Employing people with disabilities makes good business sense
People with disabilities represent an untapped pool of skills that can enhance business.
However, people with disabilities frequently face greatbarriers to work that go beyond physical obstacles — stereotypes and wrong assumptions often prevent this significant chunk of the world population from contributing to the economy.
This animation was jointly produced by the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Global Business and Disability Network and the ILO/International Finance Corporation (IFC) Better Work partnership.
Not tapping into the potential of persons with disabilities is an economic mistake
Yves Veulliet, Global Disability & Inclusion Program Manager at IBM, shares his view on the benefits of employing people with disabilities and key recommendations for companies for becoming more inclusive.
The ILO Global Business and Disability Network consists of multinational enterprises, employers’ organizations, business networks on disability, academia and international non-governmental organizations. Its mission is to raise business awareness about the positive impact of including persons with disabilities in the workplace and support employers in becoming more confident on disability issues.
How can business promote diversity and inclusion through workplace adjustments?
Mark Bell, Professor of Laws at Trinity College Dublin, explains how reasonable adjustments at the workplace enable employees to bring their full professional potential to work and thereby promote diversity and inclusion as well as contribute to business success.
Gilles Schnepp, CEO of Legrand, about business and disability inclusion
Legrand, member of the ILO Global Business and Disability Network (GBDN), is a multinational company with more than 35,000 staff and locations in more than 80 countries. With support from the GBDN, Legrand aims to promote initiatives for the inclusion of workers with disabilities beyond the current 20 locations in which these initiatives already exist.
Manique Gunaratne on disability inclusion in The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon
Manique Gunaratne, Manager Specialised Training and Disability Resource Centre of The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon which is a member of the ILO Global Business and Disability Network, on the business case of disability inclusion.
Murteza Rafi Kahn on the Bangladesh Business and Disability Network
Murteza Rafi Kahn, Co-Chair of the Executive Committee of the Bangladesh Business and Disability Network which is a member of the ILO Global Business and Disability Network, on the business case of disability inclusion.
Don Watson, Vice President at MSD, about business and disability inclusion
MSD, member of the ILO Global Business and Disability Network (GBDN), is one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. With support from the GBDN, MSD aims to promote initiatives for the inclusion of workers with disabilities in the company.
Yazmine Laroche, Deputy Minister Public Service Accessibility, Canada
Yazmine Laroche presents her work on promoting disability inclusion in the Canadian federal Government and also discusses the idea of establishing a network of public sector entities working on disability inclusion.
ILO Global Business and Disability Network presentation
The Secretariat of the ILO Global Business and Disability Network took part in the online conference “Road to employment for Persons with Disabilities”, 4-5 May 2020, organised by the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) and L’ADAPT.
Corporate commitment to disability inclusion in times of the pandemic – GBDN Annual Conference 2020
The ILO Global Business and Disability Network (GBDN)’s annual conference took place virtually. During the conference, two company members were welcomed officially – Nestlé and SUEZ Group – and an additional four companies declared their commitment to joining the GBDN -Sopra Steria, Schneider Electric, Salesforce and LVMH.
Further, the conference featured presentations of long-time GBDN members of their 2020 activities. GBDN partners highlighted that the inclusion of people with disabilities is more important than ever – and possible.
The conference highlight was the adoption of the GBDN Declaration that all GBDN members committed to. It reinforces their commitment to make disability inclusion a priority now – and after the pandemic.
Adil Hasan Ali Farghal, Produce Service Associate at Panda
Adil Hasan Ali Farghal, Produce Service Associate at Panda Retail Company – part of the Savola Group, a company member of the ILO Global Business and Disability Network – is a valued employee with Down syndrome. In an inclusive work environment with supportive co-workers and managers, Adil is enabled to make his contributions at the company.