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Access Holdings, NBDN to promote sustainable diversity and inclusion

The Nigeria Business and Disability Network (NBDN) will hold the second edition of the Nigeria Diversity and Inclusion Conference on Wednesday, May 29, 2024.

The conference, organized by Access Holdings, will serve as a platform for employers to increase disability confidence, promote inclusion practices and promote employment readiness for people with disabilities in the workplace. Under the theme ‘Disability Inclusion in Business Sustainability’, the event aims to highlight the economic value of disability inclusion and its significance in achieving sustainable business practices.

NBDN, an employer-led initiative, recognizes that disability inclusion is not only a matter of social responsibility, but also makes good business sense. By creating a disability-centric business environment, employers can tap the potential and capabilities of more than 30 million Nigerians with disabilities, increasing business revenue, growth and brand reputation.

The International Labor Organization (ILO) has established the Global Business and Disability Network (GBDN) to promote the mainstreaming of disability within the framework of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. NBDN, the national body of employers in Nigeria committed to the inclusion of people with disabilities, is an offshoot of this global network. NBDN was founded in 2020 by Sightsavers Nigeria and the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management and is currently chaired by Access Holdings.

The conference will feature a range of esteemed speakers including Omobolanle Victor-Laniyan, Head, Group Sustainability, Access Holdings PLC; Dr. Joy Shuaibu, Country Director, Sightsavers; Dr. Toyin Aderemi, Senior Global Advisor, Save the Children International; Rotimi Odusola, Director, Corporate Affairs, Guinness Nigeria; Godfrey Adejumo, Head of Corporate Affairs and Sustainable Business, Unilever; Tonye Osifo, CSR Manager, Total Energies Nigeria; Dr. James David Lalu, Executive Secretary/CEO, National Disability Commission; Olaitan Olatunde, Sustainability Manager, Standard Chartered and more.

The event will include keynote addresses, plenary and panel discussions, networking sessions and interactive workshops, giving participants the opportunity to share success stories and foster partnerships for accessible workplaces and inclusive employment.

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