As de Poel teams up with RIDI Awards to celebrate inclusivity in recruitment, Janice Henson, managing director of CSR arm de Poel Community, who has been appointed to the RIDI Awards executive team, discusses the huge benefits to be capitalised on by agencies: Recently, many companies have become heavily focused on their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) objectives.
Whether this is through reviewing environmental policies, undergoing charity work or nurturing a diverse supply chain, businesses are increasingly looking at ways to update and advance their CSR initiatives. Alongside these tactics, fostering an inclusive workforce is another avenue businesses are exploring, in order to develop their CSR strategy.
Whilst a diverse workforce can indeed enhance any company’s CSR policy, there are a number of additional benefits to be had, that can actually impact the bottom line. de Poel fully recognises and supports this drive to improve and promote CSR within businesses, however recent statistics indicate that there is still more which can be done. Research commissioned by the Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI); highlighted one in three jobseekers (37%) with disabilities have been discriminated against during the recruitment process.
Whilst many organisations have a good intention to promote an inclusive workforce, often this is not enough. Disability confidence of recruiters is not only key, but also not difficult to achieve with the support and guidance available. In a study by The Clear Company, 79% of candidates ‘reported that a lack of disability awareness by recruiters remained their biggest barrier’, something recruiters have the power to do something about.
Read the full article in Recruitment International