In an ever changing and competitive workplace, employers increasingly value their human resources---the women and men whose work results in the profits and outcomes that keep companies and organizations in business. Enlightened employers also realize their social responsibility to the communities in which they operate---to all members of those communities, including its disabled members.
A strong business case exists for the inclusion and equal opportunity and treatment of workers with disabilities in all aspects of a company’s operations. The ILO’s Code of Practice on Managing Disability in the Workplace provides guidance to employers in including disabled persons in the work force. The business case was further explored during an ILO/ESCAP Multinational Roundtable on Disability and Employment.
Many employers’ organizations, individual companies and multinational organizations are beginning to promote disability from the business and corporate social responsibility perspectives. Employer networks and advisory councils (see the link below) are emerging in several countries, most notably Sri Lanka and Cambodia. These groups promote the training and hiring of disabled workers and provide technical services to their members. Many companies are participating in win-win partnerships to develop policies and programmes that provide for the employment needs of disabled persons and the labour needs of employers.
For more information about the ILO perspective on how employers can contribute to the development of policies, consult ILO Convention concerning Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Disabled Persons), 1983 (No. 159), which requires that governments develop a national policy on vocational rehabilitation in consultation with employers' and workers' organizations. The accompanying Recommendation No. 168 (1983) and Recommendation No. 99 (1955) offer specific guidance for employers’ organizations in promoting equal opportunity and treatment of workers with disabilities.
By exploring these Web pages you will learn about the business case for hiring disabled workers as well as how employers can benefit from further the equal opportunity and treatment of workers with disabilities