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Fostering Effective Inclusion of Persons with
Disabilities
into the Labour Market
CSR
Persons with Disabilities
Alberto ...
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Companies who aim to be socially responsible on disability,
should set themselves the following objectives:
To establi...
33
Regarding staff selection processes:
Raise awareness and train recruitment professionals on discrimination
and disabil...
4
Regarding internal training:

Guarantee access to internal training to people with disabilities
in equal conditions, ca...
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Regarding the professional readjustment processes:
•Establish measures aimed at favouring continuance of people
with acq...
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People with disabilities and their families as clients, a
market to be considered.
Non-accessible environments, products...
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Action Plan
The establishment of action priorities obviously depends on the
company’s activity, among other factors. Tha...
8
Accessibility to products and services
To apply "design for all" criteria not only improves the quality of life of
peopl...
9
Relationships with suppliers and subcontractors
Big companies can have an influence on their suppliers’ behaviour.
There...
10
Communication
Communication is an essential CSR tool. Disability needs to be
addressed as part of all CSR communication...
11
Appropriate terminology
Language is essential in all types of communication. Regarding
communication on disability matt...
12
How to implement CSR-D
CSR and disability, the Fundación ONCE accompanies you on
this fascinating path.
Some recommende...
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THANK YOU
Alberto Cerda: ALM expert
acm.frame@gmail.com
This document SHOULD be available in alternative formats such...
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  1. 1. 1 Fostering Effective Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities into the Labour Market CSR Persons with Disabilities Alberto Cerda Mico: Expert on Active Labour Market Measures for PWD
  2. 2. 22 Companies who aim to be socially responsible on disability, should set themselves the following objectives: To establish concrete employment targets for people with disabilities and an action plan to achieve these targets. This applies both to companies that are bound by quota legislation, as well as companies that are not bound by any quota. To have people with disabilities working at all company levels. To establish concrete targets for people with disabilities who face additional challenges to being included in the labour market, like women with disabilities, people wtih more severe disabilities and elderly people with disabilities Beyond quota legislation
  3. 3. 33 Regarding staff selection processes: Raise awareness and train recruitment professionals on discrimination and disability. Skills tests must be adapted to the specific needs of each candidate with disabilities, therefore the company will ask candidates with disabilities to advise the company of the adaptations they require to carry out the tests. Medical tests previous to hiring must aim at guaranteeing that the candidate can carry out the job's duties, and they should not result in an indiscriminate exclusion of people with disabilities. ; Revision of Human Resources Policies
  4. 4. 4 Regarding internal training:  Guarantee access to internal training to people with disabilities in equal conditions, carrying out the necessary adaptations in each case.  Establish specific internal plans to raise awareness and increase knowledge on disability. Regarding internal promotion:  Criteria for internal promotion must respect the equal opportunities aspect. They must form part of writen procedures and be well-known, transparent and simple.  Skill tests must be accessible for people with disabilities.  Employees’ career plans must guarantee full equal treatment for people with disabilities. Revision of Human Resources Policies
  5. 5. 5 Regarding the professional readjustment processes: •Establish measures aimed at favouring continuance of people with acquired disability in the company, which can be done in two different ways: carrying out the necessary adjustments when possible or changing the employee to a different position of a similar level if he/she can not carry out his/her current duties. •Establish formal mechanisms to prevent, detect, analyse and report discrimination situations. Revision of Human Resources Policies
  6. 6. 6 People with disabilities and their families as clients, a market to be considered. Non-accessible environments, products or services will be excluded from the market in the near future, since accessibility is closely linked to the concepts of quality and sustainability. Non-accessible environments, products or services lack the quality demanded by many consumers and they are considered uncomfortable by people with disabilities, as well as the elderly, people with temporary functional limitations or children. European public procurement legislation indicates that the technical specifications of public tenders shall take into account “accessibility criteria for people with disabilities”.
  7. 7. 7 Action Plan The establishment of action priorities obviously depends on the company’s activity, among other factors. That is, the objectives will vary if the company is a commercial company or if it is an industrial company selling its products to other companies. The company must also make sure that all new investments and all adaptations of its facilities are carried out according to accessibility regulations and standards. Regarding the calls for tender, companies aiming at signing a contract with the Public Administration must take into account that the new European public procurement legislation includes the universal accessibility and design for all principles as part of the technical conditions.
  8. 8. 8 Accessibility to products and services To apply "design for all" criteria not only improves the quality of life of people with limited functional capacities, but of everybody else. To include "design for all" in production processes will significantly increase the target population. Products and services offered by a company must be accessible. The recommended actions are: If the company manufactures the product: it is essential to include the “design for all” concept in the production processes, especially in design. Tests carried out by users with different disabilities are recommended so that the designed product or service is assessed before it is launched onto the market. If the company markets products made by others: the company will demand its suppliers to comply with the "design for all" concept. Companies that sell products or services directly to the final consumer: training courses for customer care staff to guarantee adequate treatment of people with disabilities are necessary.
  9. 9. 9 Relationships with suppliers and subcontractors Big companies can have an influence on their suppliers’ behaviour. Therefore CSR is not limited to the company alone, it also covers the supply chain. Concerning disability, this means that the company can become an essential reference for its suppliers and subcontractors if it favours commercial relations with the companies that comply with employment regulations for the employment of people with disabilities. Also, the accessibility of products and services offered by the company entails the necessary respect of the “design for all” concept by those suppliers which are part of the production chain of a product or service. Finally, the company can also contribute to creating employment for people with disabilities through the inclusion among its usual suppliers of sheltered workshops that employ people with disabilities.
  10. 10. 10 Communication Communication is an essential CSR tool. Disability needs to be addressed as part of all CSR communication policies. Thus, the CSR Annual Report of a company which has included disability in its CSR policy will include references to people with disabilities in all areas (human resources, clients, suppliers, social actions, etc.) In order to guarantee this accessibility, the CSR Annual Report should be available in alternative formats and the company should ensure that all other CSR communications (on line information for example) are also accessible.
  11. 11. 11 Appropriate terminology Language is essential in all types of communication. Regarding communication on disability matters, it is important to know the basic rules in order to avoid a poor use of words which could distort the message. Therefore, old-fashioned terminology needs to be withdrawn since it is based on a charitable and victimizing approach. If the company’s action aims at guaranteeing full equality on the rights of people with disabilities, the language must be consistent with this approach.
  12. 12. 12 How to implement CSR-D CSR and disability, the Fundación ONCE accompanies you on this fascinating path. Some recommended measures: Self-diagnosis of the current situation regarding integration of the disability dimension in CSR policies. If appropriate, external evaluation of current functioning regarding employment, accessibility, suppliers and social action. Creation of a focal point within the company. Setting specific objectives, deadlines and indicators. Communication with organisations of people with disabilities. Inclusion in the CSR Annual Report of the actions carried out and future objectives regarding people with disabilities. Revision and definition of actions for improvement of disability matters.
  13. 13. 1313 THANK YOU Alberto Cerda: ALM expert acm.frame@gmail.com This document SHOULD be available in alternative formats such as Braille, audiotape, on disk or as a pdf on request. Fostering Effective Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities into the Labour Market

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