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Disability in sustainability efforts: Businesses leading the way

The ILO Global Business and Disability Network (GBDN) will host its 10th annual conference on “Disability in sustainability efforts: Businesses leading the way” on 14th and 15th November 2023 at the ILO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

The conference will provide an opportunity to welcome new ILO GBDN members, facilitate the exchange of best corporate practices in disability inclusion, showcase the latest global and local business initiatives related to disability, and encourage informal networking among conference attendees. The conference will cover topics such as disability inclusion in companies' environmental, social, and governance efforts, addressing the intersectional needs of individuals with disabilities, self-identification and career advancement of employees with disabilities, and the impact of Artificial Intelligence on disability inclusion in the workplace. 

Climbing the career ladder: Developing talent with disabilities

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While effective recruitment of persons with disabilities remains a challenge, it is crucial to also address career progression of employees with disabilities. This session will discuss how companies can support employees with disabilities grow professionally and progress in their careers. Speakers will share various programmes and initiatives that aim to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to help persons with disabilities progress and grow in the workplace. 


Brendan Roach
Director of Strategy and Networkology, PurpleSpace


Amber O'Shea
Head of Strategy, Australian Network on Disability
Grant Javier
Executive Director Project Inclusion Network Inc., Philippine Business and Disability Network
Alex Lane
Global Disability Inclusion Manager
Haidar AlMansour
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advocate, Zain
Carrie Chow
Accessibility Evangelist, Atos

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