Why YOUR business should 'Access Ability'

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Helping disabled people into work is the right thing to do. It changes lives.
But it also enhances customers’ and employees’ perceptions of a business. Employees value working for a ‘responsible employer’ and customers reward such employers through their share of spend.

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Why YOUR business should 'Access Ability'

  1. 1. Why your responsible business should
  2. 2. The 11 million disabled people in the UK make up the country’s largest minority group 1 in 5 people in the UK have a disability.11m
  3. 3. The 11 million disabled people in the UK make up the country’s largest minority group 1 in 5 people in the UK have a disability.11m ...it is also a UNIQUE group
  4. 4. ...because any one of us can join it at any time 83% Only 17% of disabled people are born with their condition
  5. 5. The economics of disability are stark Children in families with at least 1 disabled person are almost twice as likely to live in low income households than those in families with none x2
  6. 6. The proven route to improving the economic and social well-being of any disadvantaged person is through... sustained employment
  7. 7. So it’s a huge concern that... The UK employment rate among working age disabled people is only 49% compared to 81.8% of non- disabled people Employment Rate DisabledNon-Disabled
  8. 8. And equally, that... Of those who ARE employed, one in two work in low- paid, short-term and part-time roles Employment Rate DisabledNon-Disabled
  9. 9. In fact... Although 1 in 5 of the working age population has a disability
  10. 10. In fact... 1 in 2 of all working age people who are out of work are disabled Although 1 in 5 of the working age population has a disability
  11. 11. “The true measure of a society is its fairness.” Pope Francis, 2013
  12. 12. If we can make the employment market a fairer place for disabled people, it has the potential to yield: – life-changing benefits at an individual level, – huge economic and social benefits at a national level
  13. 13. In fact, if the % rates of UK employment were the same across both groups: 2 million more people would be employed, boosting our economy by over £20 billion 32% 81% 49% DisabledNon-Disabled Employment Rates
  14. 14. At .. We are committed to making this a reality through....
  15. 15. ‘Responsible Employment’ Addressing unemployment among disabled people – and other disadvantaged groups – through: Corporate Responsibility (CR)
  16. 16. UK businesses overwhelmingly consider it their duty to help the country address both economic (90%) and societal challenges (81%). The employer ‘will’ already exists % Agree 81% 90% EconomySociety
  17. 17. AND the benefits of responsible employment programmes are both significant and well recognised...
  18. 18. 75% ...of companies running employability programmes for disadvantaged people report improved “employee motivation / morale”
  19. 19. 75% ...of companies running employability programmes for disadvantaged people report improved “employee motivation / morale” 77% ...of companies running employability programmes for disadvantaged people claim it has assisted in organisational growth
  20. 20. 75% ...of companies running employability programmes for disadvantaged people report improved “employee motivation / morale” 82% ...of companies running employability programmes for disadvantaged people believe that it improves the public perception of their company 77% ...of companies running employability programmes for disadvantaged people claim it has assisted in organisational growth
  21. 21. Environment 76% 76% of employers consider ‘environment and sustainability’ as their top CR priorities Employability 12% but only 12% say that ‘recruiting from disadvantaged groups’ is their main priority But it requires a change of emphasis
  22. 22. ‘Responsible Employment’ It makes GREAT business sense...
  23. 23. ‘Responsible Employment’ To update your CSR agenda
  24. 24. A major government campaign... “Employers are crucial to improving employment outcomes for disabled people. Through the Disability Confident campaign, the government is pleased to be working with employers to remove barriers, increase understanding and ensure that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.” Department for Work and Pensions, 2013
  25. 25. ...Complete with dedicated employer resource
  26. 26. www.accessability.info 1. A unique alliance of the leading providers of Work Choice and Access to Work (the government’s primary disability employment programmes): – 3SC, Advance, CDG - WISE Ability, Ingeus, Momentum Skills, Pluss, RBLI, Remploy, Seetec, Shaw Trust, Working Links 2. A fully accessible ‘single point of contact’ – allowing ANY employer organisation ANYWHWERE in Britain to find the expert, local assistance to recruit a disabled person with one click: – “the right support, from the right people, right on your doorstep” 3. An unparalleled information repository which draws on the years of experience and delivery expertise of all its alliance partners
  27. 27. We’re here to help We need your help • If you’re a CR or an HR executive…please get in touch and find out how we can help support your new or existing responsible employment initiatives • If you’re not a CR or an HR executive…please ask your colleagues in those functions about the extent to which your organisation’s CR and HR policies incorporate responsible employment initiatives, and let them know that we’re here to help • In either case…please help us spread the word:- Helping disabled people into work is the right thing to do. It changes lives. But it also enhances customers’ and employees’ perceptions of a business. Employees value working for a ‘responsible employer’ and customers reward such employers through their share of spend.
  28. 28. For more information Kenny Boyle 07976 985091 kenny1boyle@hotmail.com

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