By the HR Observer Staff

Inditex, the world’s largest clothing retailer, joins the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Global Business and Disability Network (GBDN),making it the latest entity to join the network.

The network collaborates to promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the private, for-profit sector. Both entities signed the GBDN Charter, committing the company signatories to support ten disability inclusion principles.

“Companies increasingly recognize that their diversity, equity and inclusion efforts must address the inclusion of persons with disabilities to lead to positive and sustainable business changes. The ILO Global Business and Disability Network provides a unique space for enterprises to learn from and support each other on their respective disability inclusion journey,” said ILO Director-General, Gilbert F. Houngbo in a statement. 

To show its commitment to the GBDN, Inditex will hire 1,500 people with disabilities worldwide across its store networks, logistics facilities, warehouses, said the company.

“Disability inclusion in the workplace is a core component of our commitment to people. Diversity, fairness and inclusion are values we all embrace, values we pursue day-to-day, in order to have an impact within Inditex, as well as all around us: our pledge is to design opportunities for everyone,” said Óscar García Maceiras, Group CEO of Inditex.

The ILO Global Business and Disability Network (GBDN) was established in 2010, led a worldwide network of 36 multinational enterprises, 34 national business and disability networks, including in developing countries, as well as eight non-business associate members (academic institutions and disability and development INGOs). 

The charter’s ten principles include equality of treatment and opportunities, accessibility and awareness-raising, the provision of reasonable accommodations at the workplace and collaboration with organizations of persons with disabilities.