AXA Commits to Support Employment for People with Disabilities

AXA is making an official commitment today to support people with disabilities by signing the Business Charter on Disability developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO). The group has already implemented several other concrete initiatives to create an inclusive workplace. ALL NEWS  |  Diversity
Oct 28, 2015

In 2014, AXA joined the ILO's Business and Disability network. As a network member, AXA can share its work with other multinational companies and in turn benefit from their best practices.

The group is taking a further step by signing the ILO's Business Charter on Disability at the ILO's headquarters in Geneva. The signing is taking place in the presence of Guy Ryder, the ILO Director-General, and Denis Duverne, Diversity & Inclusion Executive Sponsor and AXA Group Deputy CEO.

Denis Duverne
Chairman of the Board of Directors of AXA

At AXA, we are actively engaged in attracting and retaining diverse talents. As an agile, innovative and customer-oriented company, we are committed to creating an accessible and inclusive environment in order to broaden our talent pool. People with disabilities are people with skills and attributes that are of value to us. By signing this Charter we commit to action on an international scale to focus specifically on being inclusive of people with disabilities, both current and future employees

Many initiatives already in place across the group

In Japan, AXA developed a program drawing on the experience of workers with disabilities inside the company to train sales teams. In Thailand, a major project with outside agencies was undertaken to understand how to be a better employer for people with disabilities. In the United Kingdom, AXA created a discussion and awareness-raising group on disability in the workplace. In France, for twenty years AXA has chosen a collective agreement that promotes corporate insertion and job retention for people with disabilities. Through this agreement, we are committed in terms of recruitment, training, awareness of our managers for a better understanding of disability and good integration of employees with disabilities.

Taking it further

The group wishes to be exemplary in terms of disability in the workplace. AXA must ensure the implementation of the Charter at an international level, with a focus on recruitment and retention of people with disabilities.

The signing of the Charter will be followed by a debate on mental health in the workplace. Follow the event live.