International experts collaborate to build disability-smart companies

Fri 10 November 2017

Suzanne Colbert AM on the panel at the ILOGBDN annual meeting

In October 2017, experts from around the world gathered in Geneva, Switzerland for the 4th annual meeting of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Global Business and Disability Network (GBDN).

With National Business and Disability Networks (NBDNs) in more than 20 countries around the world, the meeting identifies key issues to be addressed and points for collaboration.

This year, Suzanne Colbert AM, CEO, Australian Network on Disability (AND) was invited to participate in a panel on Disability-inclusive marketing. She spoke alongside Debra Ruh - CEO at Ruh Global Communications, Françoise Couturier - Design & Product Solutions manager at Accor Hotels and Moderator Mathilde Tabary, Diversity and Social Development Coordinator at Carrefour.

Other topics for the day were panel discussions on: ‘Business case for digital accessibility’, moderated by Adam Greene, Senior Advisor, ACT/EMP, ILO and ‘Which is the companies’ role in addressing the skills gap?’ moderated by Bruce Roch, CSR and Solidarity Manager at Adecco Group France.

AND Members can access our highlights from the Conference in the Networks section of our Members Area.

Read the International Labour Organisation – Global Business and Disability Network's wrap up of the meeting

What is the GBDN?

The ILO Global Business Disability Network is a unique employers-led worldwide network of multinational companies, national employers’ organisations, business networks and disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) working in collaboration to promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the workplace.

GBDN Charter Principles

Members of the GBDN support the following principles and commit to work towards their companywide implementation:

  1. Promote and respect the rights of persons with disabilities by raising awareness and combating stigma and stereotypes faced by persons with disabilities.
  2. Develop policies and practices that protect persons with disabilities from all types of discrimination.
  3. Promote equal treatment and equal opportunities for persons with disabilities by providing reasonable accommodation in the recruitment process, on-the-job, apprenticeships, training, job retention, career development and other relevant terms and conditions of employment.
  4. Progressively make the company premises and communication to staff accessible for all employees with disabilities.
  5. Undertake appropriate measures to enable current employees who acquire a disability to retain or return to their employment.
  6. Respect confidentiality of personal information regarding disability.
  7. Consider the needs of those persons with disabilities who face challenges accessing the labour market, including persons with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities.
  8. Promote employment of persons with disabilities among business partners and other companies and collaborate with national employer and business networks on disability as well as with organizations working to advance the rights of persons with disabilities.
  9. Review regularly the company disability inclusion policies and practices for their effectiveness.
  10. Report on company efforts to promote the employment of persons with disabilities to all relevant stakeholders and share information and experiences with the members of the ILO Global Business and Disability Network. The ILO will utilize the company reports and practices in its own communication, wherever relevant.

More information

AND Members can access our highlights from the Conference in the Networks section of our Members Area.

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