It’s time to end the disability inequality crisis.
In America, 98% of companies think that inclusion is important. Yet only 4 out of 10 people with disabilities in the US have a job.
Fifty percent of companies operating in the OECD countries would rather pay a fine than fulfill the requirement, as written in the law, to include people with disability.
Over 54% of global boards have never had a conversation about disability.
The World Health Organisation estimates that there are 1.3 billion people in the world currently living with a disability. While gender, racial and ethnic diversity and inclusion are creeping up the business agenda, disability diversity and inclusion continues to remain a minority issue.
Business must be at the forefront of raising awareness and championing inclusive workplaces, maximising the previously untapped potential that people with disabilities bring to the workplace. Governments and charities alone can’t implement widespread change – it’s time business talked the walk.
A British Sign Language interpreter was present for this session.