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GRI4allGRI4disability
Dear Board Member,Peoplewithdisabilitiesaretheworldslargestminorityandmostdisadvantaged populationgroup.Therearemorethan1billionpeoplewhoarelivingwith disabilities,whorepresent15%oftheworldpopulation.Inallregionspeople sufferingfromdisabilitiesaredisproportionatelyrepresentedamongtheworld’s poorest, and lack equal access to fundamental resources.Thisfigureisincreasingthroughpopulationgrowth,medicaladvancesandthe ageing process, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).Anestimated386millionoftheworld'sworking-agepeoplehavesomekindo disability,accordingtotheInternationalLaborOrganization(ILO).Unemployment amongthepersonswithdisabilitiesisashighas80percentinsomecountries.By employingpeoplewithdisabilities,companiescouldwiselytakeadvantageofthe wider range of human talents.Peoplewithdisabilitiesarealsoalargepotentialcustomerbase,whichcontinues togrow,particularlyinageingsocieties,whereanypersoncouldsuffersomekind ofdisabilityatsomepointinhis/herlifetime.Forinstance,intheUnitedKingdom, 75percentofthecompaniesoftheFTSE100IndexontheLondonStockExchange donotmeetbasiclevelsofwebaccessibility,thusmissingoutonmorethan$147 million in revenue.Therefore,takingintoaccounttherolethatorganizationscanplayinimproving theirsituation,
IjointhisinitiativetorequestGRIsBoardtoselectamongits prioritiesthedevelopmentofindicatorsthatenhancetransparencyand encouragesocialinclusionofpeoplewithdisabilitiesinthenextGRIworking period.
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