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.
Webinar: Designing workplace adjustment services that deliver – worldwide
In times of COVID-19-related teleworking, it is more important than ever to have effective global company systems for reasonable accommodations in place that effectively work around the world. Hosted by business disability international and the ILO Global Business and Disability Network, the webinar “Designing workplace adjustment services that deliver – worldwide” presented key issues in system design and shared existing good global company practices.
Webinar: Disability Inclusion in COVID-19 responses in the World of Work
Facilitated by the ILO Global Business and Disability Network, all interested stakeholders, including governments, workers’ and employers’ organisations as well as organisations of persons with disabilities participated in a webinar to share good practices on the inclusion of people with disabilities in the COVID-19 responses related to the World of Work.
Federico Negro, Head of Coordination Support unit for Peace and Resilience (CSPR) at ILO;
Haibin Zhou, coordinator of the China chapter of the ILO Global Business and Disability Network;
Yves Veulliet, Global Disability & Inclusion Leader at IBM;
Jon Messenger, Senior Specialist on Working Conditions at ILO;
Bela Gor, Head of Legal & Content at Business Disability Forum (BDF), United Kingdom.