Presidents Group Aims To Spark Change Among BC’s Business Community

The Presidents Group, a network of change-driven BC business leaders who are champions for more accessible, inclusive workplaces, is announcing a new initiative to improve the representation of people with disabilities in the workplace. All 25 companies, which collectively employ over 50,000 British Columbians, will begin publicly reporting the number of employees and senior leaders with disabilities within their organizations. The first public report will be posted June 2020.

The Presidents Group, which also serves as an advisory committee to the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, is marking the sixth annual proclamation of Disability Employment Month with the announcement. While group members in federally regulated industries or crown corporations already measure and report these numbers, new companies, including small businesses, will be reporting for the first time. This is particularly significant since small businesses account for 54 per cent of total employment in the province.

All information on the 25 Presidents Group companies and the number of employees with a disability will be publicly available on the organization’s website accessibleemployers.ca, beginning in June 2020.

About the Presidents Group

Formed in 2013, the Presidents Group is a network of 25 change-driven BC business leaders who are champions for more accessible, inclusive workplaces. Representing businesses of all different sizes and sectors, including crown corps, transportation, tech, and food and beverage, the Group also plays an advisory role to BC’s Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. In 2018, the Presidents Group launched an online Community of Accessible Employers to invite employers and business owners around the province to join the inclusive employment movement. The Group’s vision is to make British Columbia the province with the best employment of people with disabilities.

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