The economic and ethical rationale for including the world’s more than 1.2 billion persons with disabilities as valued colleagues, customers, shareholders, and fellow citizens as we ‘build back better’ is compelling and increasingly influential. The global COVID-19 pandemic has shown us more than ever before that we are all connected. It has also highlighted the devastating inequalities faced by people with disabilities.
The second Global Disability Summit, to be held on 16 and 17 February 2022 and hosted by the International Disability Alliance and the governments of Norway and Ghana, provides an exciting opportunity to explore the potential for business, in partnership with persons with disabilities, to leverage its expertise, innovation and influence to create more efficient and fair labour markets to the mutual benefit of business, people with disabilities and our communities more widely.
We invite you to join us for the pivotal Global Disability Summit 2022 (GDS 22) Private Sector Roundtable on Thursday 17 February 2022 from 1 PM to 2 PM CET. The roundtable has been organised by Sightsavers, The Valuable 500, International Labour Organization and business disability international. Leaders from the private sector and leaders of the disability movement will come together to highlight examples of innovative partnerships with businesses in Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America – with a particular focus on the role disability confident businesses can play in enabling economic empowerment.
Panellists will include Kaushal Mendis, Human Resources Director, Gamma Pizzakraft Lanka Private Limited, Sri Lanka, Hital Muraj, Corporate Affairs Manager, East and Southern Africa, Cisco, Tabie Kioko, Senior Manager, Diversity & Inclusion, Safaricom PLC, Kenya, Ravi Viswanathan, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship, Accenture, India, Paulina de la Colina, Latin America Equality & Inclusion Director and Maria Anaiz Maldonado, IT Director & Latin America Accessibility Leader, Procter & Gamble. The roundtable will be moderated by Stefan Tromel, Senior Disability Specialist, International Labour Organization Global Business & Disability Network.
You can register here. International sign language interpretation and captioning will be available.
More information can be found here.