Diversity: everywhere you turn … superficial concern?
Our society is paying greater attention to and increasingly engaging with inclusion issues. Companies and brands are positioning themselves accordingly, advocating diversity within their own ranks and in society in general. Initiatives and debate often focus on women in leadership positions, closing the gender pay gap and discrimination based on ethnicity and sexual orientation. Yet people with disabilities continue to receive little attention as a societal group.
Major economic opportunities
The latest research on diversity management indicates that the issue is insufficiently understood and generally given inadequate consideration. An Accenture study, titled Getting the Equal: The Disability Inclusion Market, has concluded that inclusion could give the US labor market alone access to an estimated 10.7 million additional skilled workers. A gross domestic product increase of $25 billion would result, according to projections, from a mere 1 percent increase in disabled people entering the US workforce. Over the four-year period studied, companies that have taken the lead regarding the inclusion of people with disabilities recorded 28% higher revenues and twice the net profit with a 30% wider profit margin, on average.
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