The ILO Global Business and Disability Network (GBDN) is a unique worldwide network of multinational companies, national employers’ organizations, business networks, disabled people’s organizations (DPOs) and NGOs working in collaboration to promote disability inclusion in the workplace.
In 2015, the GBDN introduced its Charter which commits the company signatories to support its 10 principles which provide a framework towards full disability inclusion. The Charter is the core document of the GBDN and it serves as a map to guide the companies to reach both business success and equal opportunity and inclusion for persons with disabilities in the workplace.
In 2016, 6 companies joined the network:
In 2016, The GBDN was opened to non-business members and 5 joined:
Members that joined before 2016:
In 2016, the ILO GBDN gave support to THE establishment of
national business and disability networks
in Bangladesh and Indonesia.
3. Circle of Inclusive Business, El Salvador;
4. Inclusive Business Network, Costa Rica;
5. Peruvian Business and Disability Network;
6. Business Network for Social Inclusion, Brazil;
10. Foro Inserta Responsible, Spain;
11. Egyptian Business and Disability Network;
12. Qaderoon Business Disability network, Saudi Arabia;
16. Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Sri Lanka;
19. Blue Ribbon Employer Council, Vietnam;
20. Indonesian Business and Disability Network;
22. BusinessNZ, New Zealand;
In the framework of the GBDN working group on mental health at work, a report on the topic was launched and experts were brought together on 11th October 2016 to discuss mental health at work issues in a seminar that was held in the ILO.
The GBDN newsletter was launched in a new format, it is available in English and Spanish and 3 issues were published in 2016:
ILO PRODUCTS RELEVANT TO THE GBDN
During the year, the GBDN held a number of global conferences and meetings, thus giving its members many opportunities to exchange knowledge in a privileged international space.
PARIS, JUNE 2016:
ILO GBDN member, Carrefour, hosted the conference with the presence of Carrefour CEO, Georges Plassat, and ILO Director General, Guy Ryder.
Geneva, October 2016:
Annual GBDN Conference.
Other ILO meetings relevant to the GBDN
Geneva, April 2016:
Meeting on private sector employment in developing countries.
other ILO meetings relevant to the GBDN
Geneva, November 2016:
UN Global Compact and ILO co-hosted the first ever session on persons with disabilities in the UN forum on Business and Human Rights