Leadership Opportunities for Corporations with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
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Since its opening for signature in March 2007, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) has been signed by 153 countries and ratified with full enforceability by 110 countries. This is one of the fastest rates of adoption of any international treaty in recent history. Its article 27 on “Work and employment” establishes the foundation for national policies and programs similar in nature to some of the most advanced legislations around the world, including the requirement for reasonable accommodation. Significant opportunities can be leveraged in this context by companies. Plus we will address articles 4 and 9, which encourage ICT Accessibility and Accommodations: States Parties...undertake or promote research and development of, and promote the availability and use of new technologies, including information and communications technologies, mobility aids, devices and assistive technologies, suitable for persons with disabilities, giving priority to technologies at an affordable cost.
Indeed, while the actual implementation at country level will take time, the CRPD is already having a profound impact on national legislations: according to G3ict’s latest CRPD Progress Report on ICT Accessibility, a survey of ratifying countries conducted in cooperation with Disabled Peoples’ International, 91% have already adopted a constitutional article, law or regulation defining the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and 72% a definition of "Reasonable Accommodation" in a law or regulation regarding the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Moderator: Debra Ruh, SSB BART Group
Presenters: Axel Leblois, G3ict and Jill Houghton, USBLN
G3ict – Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies – is an Advocacy Initiative of the UN Global Alliance for ICT and Development. Its mission is to promote and support the implementation of the dispositions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) covering digital accessibility and assistive technologies. Participating organizations include industry, the public sector and organizations representing persons with disabilities. G3ict relies on an international network of ICT accessibility experts to develop practical tools, evaluation methods and benchmarks for States Parties, Disabled Persons Organizations, and corporations. Since inception in 2006, G3ict has organized or contributed to over 90 awareness raising and capacity building programs for policy makers, in cooperation with international organizations such as the ITU, UNESCO, UNITAR, ILO and the World Bank on all continents.
The US Business Leadership Network (USBLN®) is a national non-profit, non-partisan business to business network promoting workplaces, marketplaces, and supply chains where people with disabilities are included. The USBLN® serves as the collective voice of over 60 Business Leadership Network affiliates across the United States, representing over 5,000 businesses. Additionally, the USBLN® Disability Supplier Diversity Program® (DSDP) is the nation's leading third party certification program for disability-owned businesses, including service-disabled veterans.
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