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The European voice for informal carers

Disability Hub Europe: an initiative aimed at fostering social and labour inclusion for people with disabilities in Europe

Disability Hub Europe for Sustainable Growth and Social Innovation (DHub) is aiming  to create a reference space to work on the binomial Disability and Sustainability. The initiative is led by Fundación ONCE and co-funded by the European Social Fund to foster social and labour inclusion for people with disabilities in Europe.

The project, led by Fundación ONCE, is carried out within the framework of the “Spanish Operational Programme on Social Inclusion and Social Economy 2014-2020” and will be developed until 2020. It focuses on disseminating best practices and mobilizing actors on how disability is or can be integrated in business and other organizations’ strategies looking for an inclusive sustainable future.

DHub is aligned with the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, which recognize people with disabilities as part of the existing vulnerable groups and different Goals expressly refer to them, building on the principle “leaving no one behind”. Particularly the project is aligned with goals 8 “Decent work and economic growth”, 10 “Reduced inequalities” and 17 “Partnerships for the goals”.

In this sense, DHub is a multi-stakeholder engagement initiative developed with the joint action of its partners. Some relevant entities are already on board: L’Oréal and Dow Chemical as multinationals, CSR Europe, the European Disability Forum, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the ILO Global Business and Disability Network (ILO GBDN) and the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV).

DHub will foster different initiatives:

  • The publication “Disability in Sustainability Reporting”
  • A reference report about the Future of Work and People with Disabilities which will be published in December with the Global Business and Disability Network (GBDN) of the International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • The European Awards for Social Entrepreneurship and Disability, two successful editions were celebrated in the past under the former network CSR + Disability.

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