“The future is already here and businesses must embrace technology so that changes include rather than exclude.” Employers heard this message last April at an event hosted by Business Disability Forum (https://businessdisabilityforum.org.uk) in London, England.
Diversity leaders from large corporate players including HSBC, Microsoft, Accenture, Shell and GlaxoSmithKline joined Business Disability Forum (BFD) experts to discuss the challenges and opportunities posed by globalisation, automation and disruptive technology.
Mark McLane, Head of Global Diversity and Inclusion at British financial institution Barclays (https://www.barclays.co.uk/), urged organisations to embrace technology and the idea that “a solution for one can be a solution for many.”
Business Disability Forum used the conference as an opportunity to launch its updated guides for employers. BFD offers a catalogue of guides that cover a range of conditions and disabilities. The guides have been compiled using expertise from people with disabilities, related organisations and business and legal experts.
Business Disability Forum is a not-for-profit organisation that makes it easier to employ people with disabilities. Its 300 members now employ around 15 percent of the UK workforce. BFD also works closely with government to shape disability policy and to gather feedback from its members and partners.