The India Business Disability Network (IBDN), the India chapter of ILO’s Global Business Disability Network (GBDN) was launched in New Delhi with the support of ACTEMP and the ILO Office for South Asia in New Delhi.
In India, the population living with a disability represents 2.21 % of the total population. Although this is considered to be an underestimate. The ILO Global Business Disability Network is a unique employers-led world-wide network of multinational enterprises (MNEs), national employer organizations (EOs), business networks and disabled people’s organizations (DPOs) calling for the inclusion of persons with disabilities at the workplace. It has been set up to facilitate industry to engage, enable and empower persons with disabilities.
At the moment this coalition is made up of 27 global companies, 27 national businesses and disability networks with one regional network, and 8 international non-profit organizations.
ACTEMP was instrumental in bringing together Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and Employers’ Federation of India (EFI) through the signing of a Memorandum of Association. Furthermore ACTEMP provided guidance to the Network based on other Employer networks in the region.
Today the setting up of the Indian Business Disability Network is a result of employers in India demonstrating it is a step forward and a commitment to equal employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.