Forbes magazine online (Forbes.com) asked PR professionals for their thoughts on encouraging diversity in the advertising and PR world. Read more to find out their answers.
On Forbes.com Dr. Pragya Agarwal states that “Inclusive Design is not an afterthought. Instead, it has to be accommodated and planned beforehand, rather than being a retroactive measure. It is also essential that the design of the workplace does not segregate employees based or draw attention to them in any way.”
More and more employers are hiring people with disabilities, says this article in the Chicago Tribune. “The tight labour market is pushing companies to open their eyes to this untapped pool of workers, who employers say are loyal, enthusiastic, and able to do the job as well as anyone — sometimes even better.”
Technology, says this article on Real Business (https://realbusiness.co.uk) is the solution to creating a “transparent and equal global enterprise environment.” The opinion piece from a communications technology company argues Artificial Intelligence (AI), for example, can go beyond booking meeting rooms and turning on lights on command.
The state government of Western Australia, like the Province of Ontario, is making a point of encouraging employers to hire people with disabilities. Its Count Me In strategy was launched in 2009, with an aim for “all people to live in welcoming communities that facilitate citizenship, friendship, mutual support and a fair go for everyone.”
In Owen Sound, Ontario, free portable ramps will soon make downtown shops more accessible for people using wheelchairs, wheeled walkers and pushing strollers. The first ramps were placed in front of two Owen Sound shops in the spring, for a ceremonial kick-off to promote use of the ramps downtown this summer. “It’s a no-brainer,” said one of the recent ramp recipients. “Why would I want to keep anyone from my store?”
Understanding of the benefits of diversity and inclusion is taking hold across Canadian industry. Steve Steck is Vice President of Business Development & Brand Strategy at Public Inc. Public Inc is a Toronto-based social impact marketing agency and consultancy. Mr. Steck has these words of advice for organizations who want to improve their levels of diversity and inclusion. The article appeared on Charity Village.
In an op-ed piece in the Ottawa Business Journal, the CEO of Klipfolio says he believes in diversity and inclusion, but that so many companies struggle, because it’s hard. Allan Willie is candid in this honest op-ed, about how diversity and inclusion are a goal at Klipfolio, but the definition of “diversity” changes all the time, and it’s hard to know when they’ve got it right.
The Ontario government has gathered an advisory group to share information and find solutions to the high unemployment rate among people with disabilities. The 17-member Employer’s Partnership Table (EPT) will meet for the next two years to come up with strategies to encourage organizations to hire more people with disabilities.
Canadian Business Senseability in partnership with the Whitby Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring Discover Ability with keynote speaker Mark Wafer on Thursday March 15, 2018 from 8:30- 11:00am. This exciting event will be held at the Abilities Centre Theatre, 55 Gordon St Whitby Ontario and this is a free breakfast event.
Aramark, a leading catering management and uniform company which serves sports teams, healthcare providers, educational institutions, cultural attractions and landmarks, as well as numerous municipalities in 19 countries globally was recently awarded top marks in the 2017 Disability Equity Index® (DEI®).
Progressive businesses are implementing more diverse and inclusive recruitment policies to secure a more sustainable future. But, diversity is itself a term which can mean different things to different people. It can mean employing people from different backgrounds, ages, gender, sexual orientation, disability, education or religion. But also, according to Farrah Qureshi, CEO at Global Diversity Practice, diversity can also mean respecting and appreciating each other’s differences in an age of challenging geopolitical change, “The key question for companies is how to leverage those diverse perspectives, lifestyles and backgrounds to drive business success and innovation,” says Qureshi.