Building Disability Confidence

SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
Our ‘Building Disability Confidence’ Campaign is designed to overcome the hesitancy many companies have in addressing both visible and invisible disabilities in the workplace and encourage and support companies to remove barriers to inclusion for people with disabilities.

Campaign Objectives

  • Raise the profile of and prioritise disability as a business issue  
  • Educate companies about key issues relating to disability  
  • Change mindsets in Asia about the availability and capability of disabled talent  
  • Encourage and support companies to build disability confidence and remove barriers to inclusion for people with disabilities  
  • Work in partnership to build the capability of disabled talent

Key Initiatives

2024 Community Business Awards

The Community Business Awards celebrate the achievements of organisations and individuals in Asia who are champions of DE&I and Wellbeing.

Nominations are now open for the awards which will fall under five categories:  

  • Creating Social Impact
  • General DE&I 
  • LGBT+ Inclusion
  • Wellbeing
  • India



Building Disability Confidence Consulting & Training

We offer a wealth of training options to support companies wherever they may be on their inclusion journey 

Signature training sessions include:  

  • Building Disability Confidence
  • Managing Disability in the Workplace
  • FACES - Understanding Experiences of Disabled Talent 
  • Building Disability Confidence Framework 



Building Disability Confidence Focused Research & Thought Leadership –

Our Building Disability Inclusion campaign is grounded in our library of Asia-led research and thought leadership 

We regularly publish research that explores recent trends and developments relating to disability inclusion in Asia. Recent topics include the Asia Disability Country Briefing Series that covered several markets in the region. 




Building Disability Confidence as part of our DIAN / DIAN India networks

Our signature networks regularly tackle key issues relating to Building Disability Confidence in Asia  

Over the past few years or DIAN and DIAN India networks have explored cutting-edge topics related to disability confidence and inclusion. By joining as either a DIAN or DIAN India, member, you gain complimentary access to Community Business’ library of 20 years of Asia-led research and insights as well as the opportunity to network with and learn from like-minded organisations and individuals from across the region.


Our Commitment

Community Business believes that much needs to be done to overcome the social exclusion of the most disadvantaged in our society and that companies have a key role to play. People with disabilities are a key target group in this respect - often disabled not so much by the impairments themselves but by society’s reaction and treatment of them. Based on our experience of working with companies in the Asia region, we know that many companies, whilst interested, are hesitant about how to approach the subject of disability in their organisations. 

Much of the hesitancy about employing disabled people stems from a fear of the unknown and unfounded myths and stereotypes about the capability of disabled people in the workplace. By focusing our efforts on highlighting the business imperative, changing mindsets and helping companies build their capability to employ and do business with disabled people, we are working with companies in the Asia region to build ‘disability confidence’ – a term borrowed from the Employers’ Forum on Disability in the UK – now known as the Business Disability Forum.  

The Valuable 500 Campaign

Community Business is proud to be partnering with disability activist, Caroline Casey to promoteThe Valuable 500 campaign in Asia.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum earlier this year, Caroline highlighted the challenge of competing diversity agendas, stating that whilst 90% of companies prioritise diversity, only 4% include disability – a message which is reinforced in her entertaining  Diversish video.

Recognising the transformative power of business, Caroline has launched The Valuable 500 campaign -  a global movement designed to put disability on the business leadership agenda. The campaign is looking for 500 companies to join – demonstrating their commitment at the most senior levels.

To be a part of this campaign, leaders are asked to do 3 things:

On 15 May 2019, Community Business hosted a webinar with Caroline Casey to find out more. To find out how we can support your company to get involved in Asia, please contact us.

Find out more about Caroline through her TedTalk: Looking Past Limits which has received more than 2 million views.

Contact Us

For more information about Building Disability Confidence in the workplace, please get in touch with the team.