Globally, an estimated one billion people have a disability (that’s 15% of the world’s population). There is strong evidence that disability and poverty are linked, with disabled people more likely to live in poverty due to higher unemployment, lower income levels and lower attainment of skills and qualifications. This is a global trend but, unsurprisingly, is especially pronounced in low income countries.
Half of the organisations that we support at Business Disability Forum are global. Between them, they employ more than 8 million people globally. Members and Partners are increasingly telling us that their ambition is to get it right for employees and customers with disabilities wherever they are in world.
Whilst it’s relatively early days, we’re already seeing some brilliant examples of organisations approaching disability as a global business issue. For example, For example Accenture has a global disability strategy and Shell has developed a global process for making workplace adjustments for employees with disabilities.’
Please share your views!
With this in mind, Business Disability Forum is conducting research into disability inclusion at a global business level.
Sponsored by Shell, the project is exploring the existence, and challenges, businesses face in developing a global strategy, as well as lessons learnt so far.
We know this is a complex, but incredibly important area of our work and the only way of exploring it fully is to talk to as many global businesses as possible. It does not matter where your organisation currently stands regarding commitment, or activity, relating to a global strategy for disability inclusion – please share your views in this short online survey.
The body of research will be used to develop guiding principles and practical steps for diversity and inclusion professionals to use within their own organisations. Findings from the survey and the wider research will be published in 2020.
If you work in a global organisation and have a view on how disability inclusion is working, or might work, at a global level in your business, then please take part. The survey is anonymous and an opinion piece of research, you will not be required to know or share any data. It will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete and is open until Monday 2 December at 9am.
To take part in the survey please click on the following link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GDSS8V6
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if a different format of the questionnaire would work better for you. Do not hesitate to contact us at the same email address if you have any other queries.
Business Disability Forum thanks all contributors for their time and input into this important piece of research.