Diversity in the workplace: An overview of disability employment disclosures among UK firms

Nadeem Khan, Nada Korac‐Kakabadse, Antonis Skouloudis, Andreas Dimopoulos

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People with disabilities (PWDs) defined as the world's largest minority stakeholdergroup continue to face significant barriers to labor market entry and corporate inclusion.The associated social and economic costs of supporting non‐working PWDs canbe high and long term. Yet, their potential contribution and impact on human capital,firm productivity, and the innovative capacity of business entities are valuable butunderutilized. The employment of PWDs has institutional and managerial implicationsfor equitable opportunities, social mobility, and workplace diversity. This studyassesses the quality of corporate disclosure on disability issues by firms in the UnitedKingdom, as a stepping stone for mainstreaming integration of PWDs into labormarkets under the scope of corporate social accountability. We benchmark 274 UKsustainability reports against PWDs‐adapted indicators of the Global ReportingInitiative guidelines, highlighting trends pertaining to disability employment. Thefindings suggest that corporate disclosures on the employment of PWDs are lacking.The implications for PWDs are highlighted considering firm employee and managerialpolicies and national and transnational regulatory frameworks, towards more meaningfulreporting for better alignment between PWD expectations and firm practices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-185
Number of pages16
JournalCorporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management
Issue number1
Early online date11 Sep 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


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