Webinar: Accountability in Action – Delivering on Disability Inclusion and Equality
Senior accountability and global governance frameworks are essential for any multinational company wanting to enable consistent, equitable and dignified treatment for people with disabilities in every market they operate in.
This webinar launched the ILO Global Business and Disability Network’s “Accountability in Action” – a detailed profile of the GSK Global Disability Confidence Council, which provides a unique insight into how a global company structures the governance and senior accountability to focus on disability inclusion in key areas – such as tech, premises, recruitment, products and services – with the aim to deliver consistent best practice globally. Download at http://www.businessanddisability.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/GSK_GDCC.pdf
Nick Hirons, Senior Vice President Global Ethics and Compliance & Chair of the Global Disability Confidence Council, presented the Council, its values and ways of working; how and why it sets global priorities and standards; and offered his ‘top tips’ for any CEO seeking to benefit from GSK’s long experience positioning disability equality as an ethical and economic imperative.
Margaret Smith, Senior Managing Director Geographic Services and Business Operations at Accenture, shared her experience regarding how senior executive disability champions can shape the global cultures which then enable consistent fair and equitable treatment of all persons with disabilities.
Andy Garrett, member of the GSK Global Disability Confidence Council and Workplace Adjustments and Accessibility Lead, shared how the company is operationalising GSK’s global commitment to implementing consistent service standards and values.
Susan Scott-Parker OBE, founder business disability international, introduced the “Accountability in Action” profile, which she wrote in close collaboration with the Council. Susan also moderated the session.
Live captioning and International Sign interpretation were provided.
Learn more about the ILO Global Business and Disability Network: http://www.businessanddisability.org/
Webinar: Leave no one offline: engaging companies on digital accessibility
Digital accessibility, not as a compliance measure, but as a “human-first” based digital inclusion transformation initiative, is at the beginning of its journey. If companies can establish digital accessibility as a foundational pillar to their overall digital transformation strategy and engage employees with disabilities at the product and service and workplace design phase, then we can begin to move digital impact measurement of digital accessibility away from compliance and over to innovation and business differentiation.
Frances West, Founder of FrancesWestCo and main author of the ILO Global Business and Disability Network’s publication “Leave no one offline: A primer on engaging your company on digital accessibility” presented the key insights and recommendations covered by this publication.
Steve Framil, Founder & Associate Director Enterprise Digital Governance at Merck/MSD, presented the company’s journey on digital accessibility so far, success stories, current plans and the challenges that remain.
Yves Veulliet, Global Diverse Abilities Inclusion Leader at IBM, moderated the session.
Live captioning and International Sign interpretation were provided.
Webinar: How Do You Lip Read a Robot? – Recruitment AI has a Disability Problem
This Zero Project conference session explored the unacknowledged risks to the more than 1.3 billion persons with disabilities triggered by the fast-growing use of Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered recruitment tools. Why do leaders of the global ethical AI debate disregard the potential harm to more than 1.3 billion people living today with disabilities and to the hundreds of millions who will become disabled in time? Will the HR cost savings generated by AI technology outweigh the potential damage to the life chances of so many? The discussants were Yves Veulliet (IBM), Susan Scott-Parker (business disability international), and Stefan Trömel (ILO Global Business and Disability Network).
Webinar: An inclusive digital economy for people with disabilities
The digital revolution in the world of work impacts all. How does it impact people with disabilities? Which chances and potential barriers does digitalised work bring for disability inclusion? What are the actions to ensure nobody is left behind and the digital divide is closed? The report “An inclusive digital economy for people with disabilities”, developed by the ILO Global Business and Disability Network and Fundacion ONCE in the framework of Disability Hub Europe, aims to answer those and other relevant questions. The publication was launched at the Zero Project conference on 10 February 2021. Live captioning and International Sign were provided.
Webinar: Neurodiversity in the Workplace: The Power of Difference
The webinar covered topics such as the concept of neurodiversity and the different groups it covers; proactive neurodiversity adjustments that benefit all employees; the Neurodiversity Toolkit of the Business Disability Forum (BDF); and avoiding tokenism and stigmatization in neurodiversity inclusion. Speakers were Nancy Doyle, CEO and Founder at Genius Within CIC, Adrian Ward, Head of Disability Partnerships at Business Disability Forum (BDF) and Neil Milliken, Global Head of Inclusion at Atos. Ilka Schoellmann, Technical Specialist on Equality and Non-Discrimination at the ILO moderated. Live captioning and International Sign were provided.
Webinar: Making it easier: Launch of a toolkit on best practice: employer “disability confidence”
This webinar launched the Disability Confident Employer’s Tool Kit. There is a clear imperative to make it easier for employers to say “yes” to the best practice that benefits both the business and persons with disabilities seeking meaningful employment and careers.
The UKAid supported “Inclusion Works” programme therefore launched the first set of its Disability Confident Employer’s Tool Kit.
The disability-confident toolkit is grounded in best corporate practice and offers a complete, step by step, roadmap for business leaders, human resource executives and building property managers on how to foster inclusive workspaces.
Take advantage of a portfolio of practical guides, checklists, case studies and resources which make it easier for any business to deliver the best practice we call ‘disability confidence’.
Webinar: Intersectionality between Disability and Black Lives Matter
The ILO Global Business and Disability Network, in partnership with Ruh Global IMPACT, organized a webinar on the Intersectionality between Disability and the Black Lives Matter movement.
We are witnessing unprecedented changes in society and these changes are impacting businesses and employers. Understanding the complexities of movements like #BlackLivesMatter and the intersectionalities of other inclusion efforts such as disability inclusion is critical.Inequalities and exclusion not only negatively impact on business, they can negatively impact your brand, your employees, your customers, and have other unexpected socioeconomic consequences.
The webinar features Firehiwot Siyum Tadese, LaMondre Pough, Heather Dowdy and Kimberlee Archibald, discussing their professional experience as a person of colour with disabilities.
As part of the ILO Global Business and Disability Network’s work stream “Workplace Adjustment Services”, the masterclass webinar “Making Remote Working Work” addressed issues relevant for those responsible in multinational organisations for ensuring remote working liberates every employee’s productivity, while enhancing their well-being and engagement.
Moderated by Susan Scott-Parker (CEO and Founder, business disability international), Nasser Siabi (CEO, Microlink) and Christopher Lee (Managing Director, International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP)) discussed how remote working can be made inclusive and accessible for all.
Webinar: Business leadership in disability-inclusive responses to COVID-19
Leaders in private sector companies can play a decisive role in making sure that the immediate and socio-economic responses to the global COVID-19 crisis are inclusive of persons with disabilities and their needs. The ILO Global Business and Disability Network and The Valuable 500 teamed up to take a closer look.
Moderated by Caroline Casey (Founder, The Valuable 500), Paul Polman (Chair and Co-founder, IMAGINE) and Matthias Thorns (Deputy Secretary-General, International Organisation of Employers (IOE)) discussed what business leaders can and should do to make COVID-19 responses inclusive of persons with disabilities.
The panel discussion was followed by presentations by:
Tomas Malango – Experimentation & Technology Support Director, Repsol
Sarbani Chakravarty – Director, India Business and Disability Network (IBDN)
Elham Youssefian – Inclusive Humanitarian Action and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Advisor, International Disability Alliance (IDA)
The webinar ended with short interventions by:
Yves Veulliet – Global Disability & Inclusion Leader, IBM
Don Watson – Vice-President Global Workplace and Enterprise Services, Merck
Manisha Mehta – Global Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Unilever
Diane Lightfoot – CEO, Business Disability Forum (BDF) UK
International Sign interpretation and live captioning were provided.