Investors believe that companies should do more to ensure that people with disabilities are shown to employees and encourage their portfolio companies to implement best practices.
“If we are not looking for these opportunities, we will not meet our responsibilities,” said Mathieu Vaassen CEO RoomForWork LLC. “If we don’t look for them, we don’t do our work.”— Mathieu Vaassen, CEO, RoomForWork
Research shows how the inclusion of people with disabilities is not only the right thing to do but can be a business advantage. A recent report from Accenture shows how companies which include people with disabilities are performing better, from the introduction:
The 45 companies that we identified as standing out for their leadership in areas specific to disability employment and inclusion had, on average over the four-year period, 28 percent higher revenue, double the net income and 30 percent higher economic profit margins than their peers. Our analysis also revealed that U.S. GDP could get a boost of up to US$25 billion if more persons with disabilities joined the labor force.four times more likely to perform better than their peers.
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli said the Accenture report offered justification to the top 49 companies in his portfolio, including Apple, McDonald’s, Nike and Twentieth Century Fox, to report on their inclusion of disabled employees.
“We need to include disabled people in our definition of diversity,” he said. “We ground this in January and as we have found in every other commitment, it can take time, but we will get there. It is important that we do not do it alone. “