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Source | LinkedIn | Leena Nair | Unilever CHRO | LinkedIn Top Voice 2018-19

Over the summer we had a raft of special events designed to help us find out more about improving our Inclusion when it comes to hiring people with disabilities. Here are just some of the highlights.

Leena with Adi Latif and Toby Burton

Inclusion makes business sense. Toby Burton took the time to come and speak to me recently. Toby started his career at Unilever and is now the CFO + COO of Fastmarkets. He’s also Chair of Royal Association for Deaf people and a passionate advocate for improving inclusion in the workplace. We discussed the need for senior role models to promote disability inclusion. I believe we all have a responsibility to change opportunities for the better for people with disabilities. In 2018, we set ourselves two global commitments to achieve by 2025: 

  1. To be the number one employer of choice for people with disabilities
  2. To increase the number of employees with disabilities to 5% of our total workforce.

It isn’t just the right thing to do, we believe that creating equality of opportunity will unlock a huge pool of talent. Thanks to Toby and his BSL interpreter, Hannah Ede, for spending time with me! 

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