Innovative Practice 2021 on Inclusive Employment and ICT

DPO federation running a business sector-encouragement programme

The Spanish Confederation of People with Physical and Organic Disabilities (COCEMFE) is an umbrella organization of 91 Spanish disability organizations based in Madrid. COCEMFE and its members run 81 employment services in Spain. In 2018 the organization started an inclusive business initiative, raising awareness, providing support to companies to become more inclusive, and connecting them to jobseekers with disabilities. By 2020, 161 companies had committed to adopt inclusive business practices.

“Access to inclusive employment is essential, and the collaboration of companies is necessary.”

About the practice at a glance
Name of Innovative Practice:Making businesses Inclusive
Organisation:Spanish Confederation of People with Physical and Organic Disabilities (COCEMFE)
of Implementation
Start Year2018
Sub-CategoryA project of Civil Society


  • 8,100 companies have been contacted through the campaign
  • 4,399 people with disabilities have secured employment from 2018 to 2020


Private-sector companies often lack the knowledge, confidence, and guidance to comprehensively implement inclusive business practices.


COCEMFE encourages companies to engage with persons with disabilities as suppliers, customers, and employees. Its employment services have set up ‘employment antennae’ in ten regions to work directly with companies to provide consultancy and advice on inclusion, and to link them to qualified jobseekers. They also work with companies to create an ‘inclusion potential report’, which analyses a company’s policies, technology, workplace, etc., and they support the company to implement an inclusion action plan.

COCEMFE has produced guides for inclusive businesses on topics such as inclusive recruitment, diversity management, developing disability-inclusive corporate social responsibility, and sustainability action plans. From 2018 to 2020 more than 8,100 companies have been reached through this work. To date, 161 companies have signed a cooperation agreement with COCEMFE, and 38 inclusion potential reports have been produced. Employment services have supported 4,399 people with disabilities to secure a job.

A man and a woman stand next to each other in a workshop with shelves of metal pipes behind them. The woman is showing the man something on a piece of paper.

An administrator discusses work with a colleague at FormaVigo, one of COCEMFE’s partner companies.


In 2019 the project budget was €64,250, with 70 per cent funded by the Ministry of Labour and 30 per cent self-financed by COCEMFE.

COCEMFE wants to create a network of at least 1,000 companies committed to inclusion. It plans to scale with partners in Europe through Disabled Persons’ International (DPI) Europe, and in Latin America through the Ibero-American Network of Organisations for People with Physical Disabilities (La RED).

Inclusive employment service providers in other countries could easily replicate the practice, as long as materials and tools are adapted to the local language and social and legal contexts.


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