ILO Global Business & Disability Network Workshop

Japan Organization for Employment of the Elderly, Persons with Disabilities and Job Seekers (JEED) hosted the 22nd Conference on Vocational Rehabilitation for People with Disabilities on 1 and 2 December 2014.

On the first day of the Conference a plenary session was organized for the special lecture and the panel discussion. On the second day 18 workshops were organized by subject.  ILO Workshop was held as one of these workshops  under the title of “ ILO  Global Business and Disability Network (GBDN) and the Challenge of Network Member Enterprises in Japan “.  

Mr. Stefan Tromel, Senior Disability Specialist, Gender Equality and Diversity Branch, Conditions of Work and Equality Department ILO spoke about the business case for employing people with disabilities. Based on the interactions with GBDN members, the presentation  focused on defining key drivers that had led companies to promote the employment of persons with disabilities, while also addressing main lessons learned from these experiences.

Mr. Henrik Moller, Senior Advisor in ACT/EMP,   spoke about the ILO Global Business and Disability Network (GBDN), focused on the origins, composition and the functioning.  He also presented the main activities undertaken, products that had been developed by the GBDN and plans for the future.

Each private sector shared its efforts and experiences of working with employees with disabilities.  They discussed how leveraging diverse abilities contributes to the companies’ revenue and growth, how to better communicate with people with disabilities and presented the company’s perspective on business case for hiring, retaining and developing people with disabilities in a multinational enterprise.


  • Date & Time: 13:00 – 14:50 on 2 December 2014
  • Place: Tokyo
  • Speakers:
  1. Mr. Esteban Tromel, Senior Disability Specialist, ILO 
  2. Ms. Nancy Ngou, Partner, EY Advisory
  3. Ms. Hisako Kaneko, General Manager, Culture Transformation & Diversity Promotion Office, AXA Life Insurance Co., Ltd. 
  4. Mr. Takeshi Tokunaga, Senior Manager for Growth, Dow Automotive Systems Pacific, Dow Chemical Japan 
  5. Ms. Ayana Sasaki, Dow Chemical Japan 
  6. Mr. Henric Moller, Senior Advisor, ACT/EMP, ILO