A group of high-profile global business leaders and companies have committed to take accountability for disability inclusion in business by supporting #valuable – a worldwide call to action for business to recognise the value and worth of the one billion disabled people globally.
To drive forward this change, global business leaders, including Virgin’s Sir Richard Branson, Unilever’s Paul Polman and Omnicom’s Janet Riccio, have committed to be accountable for disability within their businesses and across their full supply chain. They are the first to support the #valuable campaign, helping to put disability inclusion on the international business agenda, and keep it there.
Launched in 2017, #valuable is a catalyst for an inclusion revolution that exists to position disability equally on the global business leadership agenda. It is spearheaded by award-winning activist, social entrepreneur and founder Caroline Casey, who is registered blind.
Caroline Casey commented: “Disability inclusion is an issue that has been pushed to the side-lines of business for far too long. Momentum is now building, and we have reached a tipping point. We’re delighted that the World Economic Forum have announced that the need to bolster inclusion of those living with a disability will be a main message at Davos in 2019.”
Today, according to the organization, over one billion people across the world live with some form of disability – 15% of the global population, or one in seven people – but their value is routinely ignored by businesses, equivalent to disregarding a potential market the size of US, Brazil, Indonesia and Pakistan combined.
Of those one billion, 80% of disabilities are acquired later in life, and the ageing global population means the prevalence of disability is on the rise.
The current global employment rate for disabled people is half that of non-disabled people, a gap that has widened since 2010. According to the World Health Organisation, up to half of businesses in OECD countries choose to pay fines rather than meet quotas on disability.
Virgin Media and Omnicom have become strategic partners of #valuable, representing a major milestone for the campaign which continues to be at the forefront of the global conversation around disability inclusion.
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