Caroline Casey, founder and CEO of The Valuable 500, has once again put disability on the main stage at the World Economic Forum in Davos. This year, she called on businesses to adopt disability inclusion performance measures and report on progress with the release of the white paper ‘ESG and Disability Data: A Call for Inclusive Reporting’
Seven Hills established early conversations with media attendees in Davos. We were delighted to secure coverage in international publications such as Monocle, Blick, and Australian Associated Press. Our team also coordinated interviews on the ground for Caroline with top tier outlets such as BBC World Service, RTE and Irish Independent.
The White Paper on disability inclusion highlighted the consequences of obtuse workplace policies that exclude disabled employees, as well as the significant lack of data provided by companies on disability inclusion. And it showed how the two feed each other; if an employer doesn’t know how many disabled people they employ, or what their experience is like at work, then it makes implementing effective change difficult.
The White Paper suggests five KPIs that companies should begin to implement, ranging from the provision of disability inclusion training for employees, to publishing workforce representation data. The intention is that by publicly disclosing their performance, companies would be benchmarked across a comparable baseline that would hold them accountable to action. It would also mean that the topic would feature more heavily in investor dialogue, which would highlight commitment toward disability inclusion.
Employing over 22 million people, the companies that make up The Valuable 500 hold vast potential to drive change and set the tone for disability inclusion in the workforce, and more broadly, across society. But providing transparent and comparable data forms the first step to pushing forward change.