International Labour Office

The International Labour Organization (ILO) encourages economical actors to hire and value the work of persons with disabilities. During their annual event on Global Business and Disability Network, they developed a charter, which was signed last week (28 October 2015) by 11 multinationals, which currently employ more than 2 million people all together.

The Charter contains 10 clear and short principles, and covers key areas such as non-discrimination, providing equal treatment and opportunities, job retention, accessibility and respect to confidentiality. It also focuses on the importance of providing attention to all types of disabilities, in particular to people with mental and intellectual disabilities.

The 11 companies that decided to adhere to the Charter are: Accor, Adecco, AXA, Carrefour, Casino, Dow, L’Oréal, Michelin, Orange, Sodexo and Standard Bank. Following their example, more multinationals will surely sign as well. Have a look at them by watching the podcast of the session.

The Zero Project highlighted in 2013, for instance, the Business Disability Forum as an Innovative Practice that making it easier for corporations to employ and do business with disabled people.