1. 1 Prologues
    1. 1.1 Miguel Carballeda Piñeiro
    2. 1.2 Vladimír Špidla
    3. 1.3 Yannis Vardakastanis
    4. 1.4 Alejo Vidal-Quadras
  2. 2Introduction
  3. 3Equality of treatment and non-discrimination
  4. 4 Integration in the labour market as an element of value
  5. 5 Fostering full accessibility
  6. 6 Relationships with suppliers and subcontractors
  7. 7 Social action
  8. 8 Communication as a responsible tool
  9. 9 How to implement CSR-D
  10. 10 Self-diagnosis questionnaire
  11. 11 CSR-D report patterns and follow-up indicators
  12. 12Relevant European and international legislation
  13. 13Glossary
  • Logotype of European Social Fund
  • Logotype of Fundación ONCE
  • Logotype of Grupo Fundosa

Vladimír Špidla Integrating the disability perspective creates a win-win situation for companies

People with disabilities make up 15% of the EU's population. That is why their integration at all levels of society has been one of my priorities as European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities.

One angle that I have been particularly keen to develop over the last five years is the business case for the integration of the disability perspective in companies and their business strategies. Only a few months ago, we published a study that clearly shows the business case for diversity (including disability), which followed a previous study specifically focused on the business case for disability. Employment and accessibility of goods and services are the two main pillars of this approach.

I have always been a firm believer that integrating the disability perspective across business strategies and operations in all sectors creates a win-win situation for both companies, people with disabilities and society as a whole. In the current context of an ageing European population, that is even more the case. CSR policies offer a great tool to further advance in this direction.

Therefore I warmly welcome this initiative and Fundación ONCE’s drive to partner with leading companies to make sure that disability is a fundamental element of their CSR policy and an indispensable part of their business strategy.

Initiatives like this Guide are fully in line with the overall objectives of the EU Disability Strategy, which we are in the process of reviewing, and, in particular, with the objective of mainstreaming disability in all sectors and areas of activity. They also contribute to the EU becoming a pole of excellence in the CSR field, which is one of the strategic aims of the European Commission.

I hope that this publication will make an important contribution to placing disability even more firmly on the strategic business agenda of companies across Europe.

Vladimír Špidla European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities