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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. 

The power of small: Disability employment in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

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Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) provide more than two thirds of jobs worldwide and account for the majority of new employment. SMEs have great potential to promote the employment of persons with disabilities. This session will discuss the barriers SMEs may face when it comes to employing persons with disabilities, and how they can be supported to be more disability-inclusive.


Dragan Radic
Head of SMEs Unit
International Labour Organization (ILO)


Aria Tung
Disability Inclusion Junior Project Officer
International Labour Organization (ILO)
Mark Esho
Disability Policy Champion, Federation of Small Businesses UK
Simon Brown
Deputy Technical Director for Economic Empowerment, Sightsavers
Iram Bahawal
Inclusive Employment Advisor, Light for the World
Maria Isabel Palomino Angel
Employment Director, Foro COMFAMA

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