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Russian employment practices for people with disabilities will be presented at the UN in Geneva
On November 29, 2019, representatives of Russian business, government and society will share their experiences on inclusive employment at the UN European Office in Geneva. This issue is put today on the agenda of leaders of states and companies and is becoming an important principle of entrepreneurial activity.

By ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in May 2012, Russia joined the global inclusion process, creating its own and adapting international practices. Due to the situation in the world in recent years, the Russian experience is practically unknown to the international community.

The organizers of the event for the first time set themselves the task of introducing the world community to Russian inclusive practices and supporting a constructive dialogue in the context of partnerships between NGOs of the BRICS countries, including on the eve of the upcoming Russian Presidency in BRICS.

The development of the Diversity & Inclusion concept in Russia implies the inclusion of people with disabilities in society not only as employees of companies, but also as buyers, as well as the creation of adaptive products and services with a good design for clients with disabilities.

This approach opens up a global market for 1.3 million people with an annual disposable income of $ 8 billion. According to official data, only 12 million people with disabilities live in Russia alone.

Representatives of the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, the Government of Moscow, Sberbank, Vimpelcom (Beeline), Abilympics National Championship, Space of Equal Opportunities, Everland will take part in the conversation, as well as The Valuable 500 global movement, which has set itself the goal – to invite 500 global corporations to place disability on the agenda of the company's management.

During the event, the first Russian brands will officially join the Valuable 500 movement.



The event will be held November 29, 2019, 10.00 - 18.00

Location: United Nations Office at Geneva. Palace of Nations, Building A, Hall VII

Organizers: Interregional Public Charitable Organization of Assistance to Persons with Disabilities "Sail of Hope", International Alliance of BRICS Strategic Projects.

With the support of: Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Russian Federation, MGIMO Alumni Association in Switzerland.

Event accreditation: Think equal, build smart, innovate for change – Russian Experience



Think equal, build smart, innovate for change – Russian Experience HOLISTIC INCLUSION. RUSSIAN APPROACH.
State. Business. Society.
"If disability is not on your board agenda, neither is diversity.
Nor is innovation, productivity, brand experience, talent, risk, reputation.

The Valuable 500

The modern concept of inclusion involves the integration of the efforts of the state, business, civil society, affected populations and international organizations. The creation of effective alliances of all stakeholders and putting the employment of people with disabilities on the agenda of leaders of States and enterprises are becoming an important principle of business activity in the aspect of human rights.

Having ratified the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities in May 2012, Russia joined the global process of inclusion, creating its own and adapting international practices, following the provisions of the UN Global Compact. Due to the situation in the world in recent years, the Russian experience is almost unknown to the international community.

The event provides a unique opportunity to get acquainted with the Russian experience in the field of employment of people with disabilities from different points of view:

Creation of innovative adaptive products/services and employment of people with disabilities, as both sides of the same coin, and as an effective mechanism for launching innovative processes for business sustainability.

Creation of the ecosystem "state-business-society - people with disabilities" as a necessary condition for the emergence of successful inclusive employment practices;

Creation of a culture of inclusion in society as a whole as a condition for successful employment practices.

Purpose of action:

introducing Russian inclusive practices into the global agenda for business leadership and introducing disability into the concept of Diversity & Inclusion in entrepreneurship,

Maintaining a constructive dialogue on inclusion in business in the context of partnerships of NGOs of the BRICS countries, including on the eve of the upcoming Russian Presidency in BRICS.



PARTICIPANTS OF THE DISCUSSION

Alexey Cherkasov, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Russian Federation

Alexander Sokolov, Head of Rehabilitation Industry, Department of Industrial Development of Socially Significant Goods of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation

Alexander Shokhin - President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs. President of the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE). Head of the Department of Theory and Practice of Business-Government Interaction (tbc)

Maria Levitskaya, Executive Director, Special Solutions Division, Sberbank PJSC

Evgenia Chistova, Head of Corporate and Social Responsibility of PJSC VimpelCom (telecommunications operator of "Beeline")



Roman Skut, Director of Moscow City Employment Center "My Job", Department of Labor and Social Protection of the city of Moscow



Natalya Krel, Director of the Union of All-Russian Organizations of Disabled Persons "Abilympics", International Technical Expert on Accessible Environment

Maxim Isaev, General Director of Deafon, Mayas LLC, representative of DeafSkills International Association and Organization of the Deaf Youth "Success" Igor Novikov, co-founder of Everland and ANO "Space for Equal Opportunities", Head of Consulting Department

Evgeny Potashnik, co-author and producer of the animated series "Wolf on the contrary"

Representatives of partner NGOs from BRICS countries



MODERATION

Dr. Janina Urussowa, award winning evangelist of Re-Branding of Disability, TED Speaker & Moderator, co-founder Bezgraniz Couture, project founder "Acropolis: How I found my body", Member of the Council for Employment of Young People with Disabilities under the President of the Russian Federation

Evgenia Voskoboinikova – Journalist, Public figure



CONTACTS

For participation in the forum:
Larisa Zelentsova, parus_7@mail.ru, +7 903 757 08 87

For sponsorship issues:
Anna Tumanova, kitovanna_@inbox.ru, +7 927 270 11 61

For participation in the program:
Dr. Janina Urussowa, urussowa@gmail.com, (WhatsApp) +49 152 01061363



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