On the UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we recognise how an inclusive approach brings mutual rewards.
According to the United Nations, around 15 percent of people in the world live with some form of disability. That’s a significant number of people who, regardless of disability, possess knowledge, abilities and talents of value to the workplace and society as a whole. There is no reason why a disability should prevent an individual from having a fulfilling career and making a rewarding contribution.
At Mondi, we know we have a lot to do to bridge the gap and ensure we create an inclusive workplace for all our employees.
Birgit Hoettl, Group Head of Employee Experience, says, “We know that greater diversity makes our business stronger, and this includes the valuable contributions made by colleagues with disabilities. We’re striving to make our work environment and culture as inclusive as possible because we want all our employees to fulfil their potential and to have a positive experience.”
At our Group office in Vienna, we have partnered with myAbility, an Austrian social business that brings together companies and people with disabilities in order to foster more inclusive workplaces. Through the myAbility talent® programme, highly qualified students shadow our employees at work, raising our awareness while the students gain first-hand experience and contacts that can help their future careers.