ILO Global Business and Disability Network 2016: Future of work and what it means for people with disabilities

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On Wednesday, October 12, 2016, the ILO Global Business and Disability Network will be hosting its 2016 Global Meeting at the ILO’s headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. During the event, new company members will sign the Business Charter on Disability, joining forces with current Network members in transforming workplaces worldwide into inclusive spaces for people with disabilities. 

A special panel will discuss the future of work and the challenges and opportunities emerging types of jobs and new work structures will bring to people with disabilities. 

Register here for the meeting (the meeting is free of charge).

Agenda (CET)

Date: Wednesday, 12 October 2016
Time: 09:00-17:00
Venue: ILO Headquarters, Room II, Geneva, Switzerland (Route des Morillons 4)
Participants: ILO Global Business and Disability Network members, global companies, national business and disability networks, academic institutions, and global and regional disabled people's organizations.


Closed session for ILO Global Business & Disability Network Members

Report by the Chair on Network activities since October 2015

Feedback from expert meeting on mental health at work held on 11 October 2016

Proposed activities for 2017 followed by general discussion


Coffee break and welcome to non-members


Welcoming remarks and presentation of main achievements of the ILO Global Business & Disability Network

Manuela Tomei, Director, Conditions of Work and Equality Department, ILO

Mathilde Tabary, Network Steering Committee Chairperson, Carrefour 


Signing Ceremony of the ILO Global Business & Disability Network Charter

Photo session


Remarks by representatives from signing companies 


Panel on the future of work: challenges and opportunities for people with disabilities

Moderator: Deborah France-Massin, Director, Bureau for Employers’ Activities, ILO

Cecile Rochet, I&D Senior Manager, Accenture

Maria Luz Vega, Coordinator of the Future of Work Initiative, ILO 

Phil O’Reilly, BusinessNZ Special Representative and member of the ILO Global Business and Disability Network Steering Committee 


Panel on company practices challenging stigma and stereotypes

Moderator: Marc van den Biggelaar, Product Director LDPE, Dow Chemical Europe

Christine Rabret, Direcrice Égalité des Chances, Orange

Yves Veulliet, Global Disability & Inclusion Program Manager, IBM

Anne-Sophie Beraud, Diversity and Inclusion Director, Accor

Edurne Alvarez de Mon, HR Senior Consultant, Fundación ONCE 



How effective partnerships can support disability inclusion

Moderator: Bruce Roch, Network Steering Committee Vice Chairperson, Adecco

Collaboration between private sector and universities – Susanne Bruyere, Director, Institute on Employment and Disability,Cornell University

Effective collaboration between company and NGO: the example of Accenture and Leonard Cheshire Disability – Alessandra Furtado, Assistant Director, International Resourcing & Development, Leonard Cheshire Disability 

Fostering dialogue between private sector and disabled people – Susan Scott-Parker, CEO and Founder,Business Disability International

Job retention for disabled people – Mathilde Tabary, Social Development and Diversity Director, Carrefour

Working in parallel on supply and demand: the experience from Bangladesh – Murteza Khan, Co-founder, AK Khan WaterHealth Ltd 


Closing remarks

Bruce Roch, Network Steering Committee Vice Chairperson, Adecco 

Shauna Olney, Director, Gender, Equality, and Diversity Branch, ILO

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