Supply Chains and the Case for Inclusion of People with Disabilities

“Supply chains” and “people with disabilities” are two terms that are not commonly used in the same sentence. Now there is growing realization that inclusion in the supply chain can accelerate progress socially and economically.
By Jeremiah Prince

When diversity and inclusion principles came to the forefront, it was with a focus on employees, and fair and equal employment practices. However, the powerful principles of D&I – transparency, equal opportunity and social responsibility – can also apply to supply chains.

In fact, corporate leaders interested in practicing social responsibility have a responsibility to ensure transparency, equal opportunity, and fairness in everything involved in the production of goods and services, and in administrative operations.

From this perspective, the inclusion of people with disabilities should become a corporate core value which then extends to procurement practices and the supply chain.

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