Promoting inclusive workplaces in Indonesia

Companies share good practices to open more doors for people with disabilities

As a follow up to the revitalization of the Indonesia Business and Disability Network (IBDN), the ILO and its partners share good practices and benefits of employing people with disabilities.

News | Jakarta, Indonesia | 21 December 2020
Following up the revitalization of Indonesia Business and Disability Network (IBDN), the ILO in collaboration with Difalink gathered around 100 companies and relevant institutions to promote inclusive and equal employment opportunities for people with disabilities. 

Through a virtual event titled “Unlock the Untapped Market: Differently Abled People” on 15 December, two companies presented their inclusive programmes and benefits gained by employing people with disabilities.

Alfability - an inclusive programme from Alfamart, a new member of the IBDN
Marwan Setiawan, Recruitment and Assessment Manager of Alfamart, said that the company has employed around 700 workers with disabilities, working at stores and storages. Alfamart started its inclusive initiative in 2016 to comply with the government regulation on disability.

“It required us to build employment and training procedures from scratch. We worked together with disabled communities to help us developing the training programme and finding potential candidate of workers,” said Marwan.

We also learnt that workers with disabilities can become a role model to their non-disabled fellow workers. They motivate non-disabled workers in their team to perform better."

Marwan Setiawan, Recruitment and Assessment Manager of Alfamart
Alfamart is a primarily franchised chain of convenience stores from Indonesia, with over 10,000 stores across Southeast Asia. Their business started in 1989 and Alfamart just recently became a new member of the IBDN. 

A similar initiative was also taken by Think Web, a leading digital agency in the country. Ramya Prajna Sashinu, Co-CEO of Think Web, said that the company employs two blind workers as content writers and editors. The company worked with a blind community, Mitra Netra Foundation, to find potential workers for digital sector.

They are as competent as other workers. They can also do any assignments, except for tasks that need visuals. We do not event have to do adjustments at the office."

Ramya Prajna Sashinu, Co-CEO of Think Web
“They are as competent as other workers. They can also do any assignments, except for tasks that need visuals. We do not event have to do adjustments at the office,” shared Ramya who reminded the participating companies that they would miss the opportunity to recruit potential workers with great talent and skills if they did not open their doors for workers with disabilities.

In agreement, Marwan said that workers with disabilities have proven to be loyal, dedicated and focus. “We also learnt that workers with disabilities can become a role model to their non-disabled fellow workers. They motivate non-disabled workers in their team to perform better,” he added.

Equality for people with learning disabilities 

 

People with learning disabilities look like any other people. They also have good education, talent and skills."

Ages Soerjana, Counselor Talent School of Yayasan Peduli Anak Spesial (YPAS), a foundation for special children
The event also introduced the participating companies people with subtle disabilities in the forms of learning disabilities. Ages Soerjana, Counselor Talent School of Yayasan Peduli Anak Spesial (YPAS), a foundation for special children, explained about learning disabilities such as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Dyslexia and Dysgraphia.

“People with learning disabilities look like any other people. They also have good education, talent and skills. However, for example people with ADD, they have difficulty paying attention and staying in task. It means that workers with ADD need to have clear instructions in writing or with visual,” she explained.

To provide better understanding about potentials and talents of people with learning disabilities, two short videos about two workers with learning disabilities were screened. The videos documented the journeys of Evan Perdamean, an IT programmer and Fadhli Erlanda, a finance officer, demonstrating their skills and talents that contribute to achieving the goals of companies where they work.



The event concluded with a joint initiative of Difalink and YPAS, with support from the ILO, to connect companies with people with disabilities, including people with learning disabilities. Difalink will assist companies from recruitment, training, coaching and placement of people with disabilities and learning disabilities.

“We will provide a full assistance to enterprises for free to connect people with disabilities with companies and vice versa. We focus on sectors related to hospitality, design graphics, cinematography and digital. We want to show that people with disabilities and learning disabilities have untapped great talents that will benefit the companies,” concluded Ni Komang Ayu Suriani, founder and CEO of Difalink.