Why Companies Should Prioritize Employing Persons with Disabilities

Since 1992, the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been celebrated annually on 3 December around the world. For qualified people with disabilities, IBM provides reasonable workplace accommodations that comply with applicable law and enable employees to remain competitively productive. This approach is based on sound business judgment and anchored in our Values.

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Yves Veulliet

The most important asset of any company is its people. Business can only be as successful as the teams that drive them. IBM recognizes people as central to business success. People with disabilities (PwD) are just that – people who have training, education and experience to offer. By maximizing the previously untapped potential that people with disabilities bring to the work place, we walk the talk of embracing people of all different abilities.

However, in many countries in the world, people with disabilities have limited or restricted access to education at all levels, including higher education, so IBM’s ability to recruit people with disabilities who have the required skills for businesses to thrive is, by consequence, reduced.

Yves Veulliet, IBM’s Global Disability Inclusion Program Manager, recently gave a 5-minute interview to the International Labor Organization’s Global Business & Disability Network, which IBM is a member of, where he answered in a very straightforward way the following questions:

  • What do you think has held companies back from recruiting more people with disabilities?
  • What are the most important benefits of employing persons with disabilities?
  • Labor market dynamics are changing around the world. What impact will these changes have on persons with disabilities in the workplace?
  • What would be your key recommendation to companies for recruiting disabled persons?

Watch this video and get inspired!

For more information, please visit http://www.businessanddisability.org

Learn more about IBM’s commitment to people with disabilities.



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