Webinar: What’s in a number? Disability data for business change, 4 October 2018
As companies change their culture on disability inclusion, how can they use data on employees with disabilities to understand progress and guide inclusion strategies? Gathering information on disability is a sensitive and difficult subject, and asking employees to share their disability status needs to be done carefully.
Susanne Bruyere from the Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability at Cornell University shared research findings from US companies on the importance of and key factors for disclosure. Susanne Bruyere’s presentation for download here.
Ruth Warick from the International Disability Alliance discussed the issue of disclosure of disability from the perspective of employees with disabilities.
Webinar: The power of small: disability employment in SMEs
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) provide more than two thirds of jobs worldwide and account for the majority of new employment. There are an estimated 1.3 billion people with disabilities in the world, with most of them being in working age. However, persons with disabilities are unemployed at much higher rates than persons without disabilities. SMEs have the potential to offer employment to persons with disabilities.
The ILO Global Business and Disability Network’s webinar “The power of small: disability employment in SMEs” discussed the barriers SMEs may face when it comes to employing persons with disabilities, and how they can be supported to be more disability-inclusive.
Further, the insights from the August 2023 ILO GBDN report “Disability inclusion in small and medium-sized enterprises: Analysis of a survey among National Business and Disability Networks” https://www.businessanddisability.org/publications/ , which also provides recommendations on how to enable SMEs worldwide to become more inclusive of persons with disabilities, was presented.
Webinar: The Future of Work – Building an environment for inclusive employment
In this session, speakers shared innovative policies and practices that have contributed to accessible and inclusive employment environment. Moderator: Jürgen Menze, ILO, Switzerland. Speakers: Lars Lindberg, Nordic Welfare Center, Sweden; Mounter Wu, Flex Zhuhai, China; Marina Kalnitski, Inclusion Factory, China; Peter Njioka, Safaricom, Kenya; Frances West, Frances WestCo, United States. This session was part of the Zero Project Conference 2022
Webinar: Reaping the business benefits of accessibility
Companies increasingly recognise the benefits of accessibility, including physical and digital, as part of their efforts to create more inclusive workplaces in which all employees can thrive. Five multinational enterprise members of the ILO Global Business and Disability Network – Accenture, Atos, GSK, Repsol and Standard Chartered Bank – presented their latest key accessibility practices and policies. Speakers: Jarl Ross (Accenture), Beatriz González Mellídez (Atos), Andy Garrett (GSK), Javier García González (Repsol) and Bhumit Shah (Standard Chartered Bank).
Webinar: Promoting the inclusion of women with disabilities in companies in Latin America and the Caribbean
Inclusive company culture is critical to ensuring that women with disabilities feel welcome and valued in the workplace. Employees with disabilities and managers of Inditex and MAPFRE (both companies are members of the ILO Global Business and Disability Network) shared their experiences and strategies in the webinar “Promoting the inclusion of women with disabilities in companies in Latin America and the Caribbean” on July 19 at 9am (Peru time), jointly organized by the ILO’s Global Business and Disability Network and the Women & Business Network.
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: Neuro-inclusive companies – unlocking the potential of neurodiverse employees
Neurodiversity refers to the idea that all humans have diverse cognitive profiles, neurological abilities and strengths and weaknesses, which should be recognized and respected. Neurominorities are on a spectrum of cognitive functioning, who think differently and perceive the world in different ways – often due to conditions such as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyspraxia, dyslexia, dyscalculia, Tourette’s syndrome and other neurological differences.
Businesses are increasingly recognizing that neurominorities can bring much needed talent and skills to workplaces if reasonable adjustments are made to enable their full professional potential.
The webinar presented latest practices by leading multinational enterprises IBM, Orange, EY and HSBC on becoming neuro-inclusive places to work. International Sign interpretation and live captioning were provided.
Webinar: Making Skills and Jobs Inclusive of Young Persons with Disabilities
Young people and people with disabilities are among the most disadvantaged groups when it comes to getting a decent job and progressing in their careers. Unfortunately, when young age and disability are combined, the labour market situation is even more dire. The COVID-19 pandemic has further aggravated the challenges of the estimated 180 to 220 million young persons with disabilities around the world. This webinar aimed to spotlight good corporate practices and experiences from around the world that support young persons with disabilities in entering and staying in decent work, including through disability mainstreaming in vocational skills initiatives.
Moderated by Bowen Tang, President of the International Federation of Hard of Hearing Young People, the webinar included as speakers Jürgen Menze, Disability Inclusion Officer at the ILO, Haibin Zhou, Founder and CEO of Easy Inclusion, Patricia Matlou, Inclusion and Diversity Associate Manager at Accenture in South Africa, Leku Sylvie Nakou, Member of the Global Network for Young Persons with Disabilities as well as Dorodi Sharma, Senior Technical Manager at the International Disability Alliance.
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.