On Thursday 20th September 2012, the brightest stars in Diversity came out to attend the European Diversity Awards, which were held in London. The European Diversity Awards are held to celebrate those organisations and individuals that have shown innovation, creativity and commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion during the year.
EmployAbility is pleased to be a Partner of the EDA and our Managing Director and Founder, Tab Ahmad, served on the judging panel this year. Earlier in the day, Tab addressed delegates at the European Diversity Conference about disability in the workplace.
Tab spoke about the overwhelming benefits and importance of valuing diversity in the workplace and outlined the strong business case for employing those with disabilities. She drew attention to the fact that disabled graduates may have more ‘life experience’ and practice at overcoming obstacles and that the contribution that a disabled person makes to any business usually far outweighs the necessary adjustment costs. Tab also highlighted the significance of disabled people as the fastest growing minority consumer market, currently worth £80 billion in the UK and around $220 billion in the US, stressing the need for businesses to reflect this segment of their consumer base.
Plans are already underway for the 2013 Awards that will take place next autumn at the Natural History Museum, allowing for an even bigger celebration of diversity across Europe, which EmployAbility look forward to being a part of.