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Building disability-smart business
BDI promotes economic and social inclusion by making it easier for corporations to employ and do business with disabled people. Members jointly fund a "not for profit", expert resource which builds their capacity to deliver the business improvement. In 2012 BDI had some 350 members employing nearly 20% of the UK workforce.
BDF - Business Disability Forum, Building disability-smart business, United Kingdom
A “sales unit” to connect Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and the business world
To minimize the gap between Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and the job market, Woord en Daad developed a model called Job and Business Services. Like a sales unit JBS provides regular market assessments, coaching and training for students as well as feedback from the job market.
Woord en Daad, Job and Business Services (JBS) model, Philippines
Promoting inclusive business
The Kanchi's Ability Awards, launched in 2004, is a high profile business awards programme, recognising best practice for the inclusion of people with disabilities as employees, customers and members of the community. The Awards targets top 1,000 companies, public organisations and the SME sector.
Kanchi, Promoting inclusive business, Ireland
Job fairs organized by the Disability Network
Bangladesh Business & Disability Network was founded in 2017 by employers with the aim of creating a more disability inclusive workforce in Bangladesh. As of 2020 four job fairs for people with disabilities have been organized nationwide, resulting in more than 350 job placements with a retention rate of 80 per cent.
BBDN - Bangladesh Business & Disability Network, Establishment of a Business and Disability Network to Facilitate Employment, Bangladesh
Government supporting self-employment and microfinance
The Programme increases entrepreneurship of persons with disabilities by providing them and their families with personnel and financial support to develop their own business ideas. From 2013 to 2016, more than 4,385 entrepreneurs with disabilities were trained about entrepreneurial and productive topics.
MIPRO - Ministry of Industry and Productivity of Ecuador, Productive Inclusion for Persons with Disabilities Programme of 2013, part of Strengthening Inclusive Services and Support Networks for Persons with Disabilities in Ecuador Ministry of Industries and Productivity (MIPRO) & Ministry of Social Development (MCDS), Ecuador, Ecuador
DPO federation running a business sector-encouragement programme
COCEMFE encourages and supports companies to include people with disabilities among their relevant stakeholders as suppliers, customers, and competent professionals, and therefore to go beyond inclusive recruitment and CSR. Since 2018, 161 such agreements have been signed with companies.
COCEMFE - Spanish Confederation of People with Physical and Organic Disabilities, Making businesses Inclusive, Spain
Initiating microfinancing and micro-enterprises for a whole city sub-district
In 2015, YPSA surveyed 1,250 persons with disabilities in Sitakund and organized them into 50 self-help groups. Based on their socio-economic background and personal interest, 250 persons were selected to receive interest-free loans, vocational training as well as support to establish their own businesses.
YPSA - Young Power in Social Action, Sitakund sub-district of Chittagong, Bangladesh
Empowerment through peer-to-peer support
NOUSPR advocates and provides persons with psychosocial disabilities with a platform for a unified voice to enable them to access all necessary services and opportunities. In 2015 the program had some 1,200 members, 79 per cent of whom were persons who had themselves experienced mental health challenges.
NOUSPR - National Organization of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry in Rwanda, Rwanda
Universal Design in Irish Tourism Services as a business case
Ireland's voluntary standard on universal design of tourism services shows that more accessible customer communication requires neither much training nor additional costs. On the contrary, it creates business benefits: Easier online bookings or clearer menus bring fewer complaints and higher sales.
NSAI - National Standards Authority Ireland, Irish Standard I.S. 373:2013 on Universal Design for Customer Engagement in Tourism Services, 2013 National Standards Authority of Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, Ireland, Ireland
Trip Advisor-style accessibility mapping of venues, transport and festivals
Mobility Mojo lists the accessibility of points of interest, events, and transportation for persons with mobility, visual, and hearing impairments in Ireland. Site and app include a mixture of self-uploaded information from establishments and from user reviews. By 2017 over 600 business and over 1000 services were listed.
Mobility Mojo LLC, Ireland