Disability discrimination - an introduction

Below are select introductory materials on business and disability discrimination.  Further reports from a wide range of sources are in the "Disability discrimination" section of our site.

Key international standards

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention 159: Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Disabled Persons) [PDF]: article 4

UN Committee on Economic, Social & Cultural Rights: General Comment 5: paragraphs 5-7, 11-12; 15-18; and 20-22, 25-26

Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities, adopted by UN General Assembly Resolution 48/96 (1993)

Declaration on the Rights of Disabled Persons, UN General Assembly Resolution 3447 (XXX) (1975)

Declaration on the Rights of Mentally Retarded Persons, UN General Assembly Resolution 2856 (XXVI) (1971): articles 1, 3 and 7

Principles for the Protection of Persons with Mental Illness and for the Improvement of Mental Health Care, adopted by UN General Assembly Resolution 46/119 (1991): Principle 1, paragraphs 4-5

Key reports & guidance

Global Report on Equality at Work [PDF], ILO, May 2007

Guide on Corporate Social Responsibility and Disability (CSR-D), ONCE Foundation, Sep 2009

Regional reports, International Disability Rights Monitor

Managing disability in the workplace [PDF], ILO, 2002

Positive steps by companies

Global: Stream and Adecco Foundation set up an employment integration scheme for disabled people [Spanish only]

Argentina: Falabella & other companies support programme providing employment for disabled people [Spanish only]

India: Bharat Petroleum & other companies win award for facilitating employment opportunities for people with disabilities in India.

India: Titan Industries' initiatives to help disabled people.

Spain: Health sector companies adopt programs to integrate disabled into the workforce – refers to DKV, Novartis, Pfizer, Sanitas, Sanofi-Aventis [Spanish only]

Sri Lanka: GlaxoSmithKline partners with NGO to empower people with disabilities.

USA: DiversityInc top 10 companies for people with disabilities - top 5: Cisco, Ernst & Young, IBM, Kaiser Permanente, Procter & Gamble.

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31 October 2014

L'Oreal urges companies to assist persons with disabilities to become integrated into the workplace

Author: Daily Independent, Nigeria

‘L’Oreal pushes for global integration of persons with disabilities’, 31 Oct 2014:...L’Oreal West Africa, has held a forum for people with disabilities (PwD), where it urged corporate organisations to assist...[in] integrat[ing disabled persons]...in...

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1 November 2009
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Author: Europa Press [España]

Repsol-Gas Natural LNG (Stream) y Fundación Adecco firmaron un acuerdo, en virtud del cual desarrollaran un proyecto de integración laboral para personas con discapacidad, tanto en las propias empresas como en otras áreas de actividad. El acuerdo...

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1 October 2009

Sears Agrees to Record Settlement Under Disabilities Act

Author: Vickie Elmer, AARP Bulletin Today

Sears has agreed to pay $6.2 million to settle a federal lawsuit alleging that it illegally fired hundreds of employees on disability leave, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has announced. Sears had an “inflexible leave policy” that called...

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19 July 2009
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Author: María Arribas, RSC

La integración laboral de los discapacitados en las empresas del sector ha experimentado un gran crecimiento en los últimos años. Becas, programas formativos y actividades lúdicas contribuyen a que las personas con minusvalías se sientan uno más de la...

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22 May 2009

GSK commits Rs. 39 mn to empower the disabled in Sri Lanka

Author: Daily Mirror [Sri Lanka]

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has committed Rs 39 million to a new project to empower persons with disabilities in southern Sri Lanka. The project will be planned and executed over three years by the Leonard Cheshire Disability Resource Centre (LCDRC)…The...

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4 May 2009

The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for People With Disabilities List [USA]

Author: Barbara Frankel, DiversityInc

To determine this list, we relied on answers to The 2009 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity survey, specifically: questions on having active recruitment programs for people with disabilities; having a strong employee-resource group for people...

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1 May 2009

Disabled have little to celebrate on Labor Day [Lebanon]

Author: Marc Abizeid, Daily Star [Lebanon]

"Because of the marginalization of disabled workers in Lebanon who face discrimination and stereotypes by employers, our group is needed to advocate throughout the private and public sectors to fight for their inclusion," said Doha Yahfoufi, project...

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5 September 2008

China: As Paralympics Launch, Disabled Face Discrimination - Hiring Bias, Harassment of Disabled Organizations Undermine Laws

Author: Human Rights Watch

Despite recent positive steps, discrimination against persons with disabilities continues in China and organizations for the disabled face government pressure and harassment, Human Rights Watch said today on the eve of the September 6 Paralympic Games...

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1 April 2008

Titan: Enabling the differently-abled

Author: Titan Industries, in Compact Quarterly

...Access to employment is a particular challenge for persons with disabilities, who rank among the least affluent in Indian society…In general, Indian business’ record of providing job opportunities to persons with disabilities has not been excellent....

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12 March 2008

SAA: 'This is completely unacceptable'

Author: Barry Bateman, Latoya Newman, Sapa, Independent Online [So. Africa]

SAA [South African Airways] has been branded a human rights violator for failing to provide adequate boarding equipment for disabled passengers at airports. The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) revealed that disabled passengers were transported to...

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