Public-Private Partnership Promotes Employment of Disabled Workers
Employers are increasingly recognizing the contributions that people with disabilities can make to their organizations, and many businesses are looking for ways to increase the participation of people with disabilities within their companies. A new public-private initiative is designed to help businesses achieve that goal. At a recent “CEO Summit” on the employment of people with disabilities, top-level business executives got together with government officials to share experiences and best practices for reducing barriers to employment and to raise awareness about the benefits of increasing workforce participation.
Drug retailer Walgreens hosted the summit in its Windsor, Connecticut, distribution plant, where half of the employees have disabilities. Representatives from some of America’s largest companies, including Wal-Mart, Procter & Gamble, Best Buy, OfficeMax and UPS, attended the summit. Participants plan to bring their message to more venues, including the U.S. Business Leadership Network in October.
Walgreens points to the success of its Connecticut distribution facility as an example of what an inclusive workforce can achieve. The facility has been 20% more productive than the company’s other facilities and has had less absenteeism, lower turnover and an excellent record of safety. The company’s goal is to fill 20% of all of its distribution-center jobs with people with disabilities.
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