In fact, employers seem to gradually have a shift in mindset when it comes to their personnel policies. Projects like !NkA are by no means isolated cases. Boehringer-Ingelheim is considered a pioneer in Germany in its implementation of the UN-CRPD, especially as it pertains to workplace design, accessibility, and social benefits – meaning the company had an action plan to drive changes. The research-driven pharmaceutical company is a member of the aforementioned UnternehmensForum. The family-owned company values and respects the differences of all people and is committed to equal opportunities on a larger scale – whether it pertains to sex, generational diversity, sexual orientation, or people with disabilities. Boehringer-Ingelheim understands that diversity can be a competitive advantage and is the smart thing to do for any business. The Rhineland-based company is not the only enterprise that shares these values. More and more businesses are fully embracing their corporate social responsibility. Find out more in our article about corporate social responsibility.
For some time now, international companies have come to understand that diversity is important and defines our global economy. And the same applies to society because participation doesn’t just benefit marginalized groups, it also makes society as a whole better. In 2021, equal opportunities should no longer just hinge on physical and / or mental health, gender, place of birth or financial background.
"An inclusive society ensures participation, self-determination, and equal opportunities for ALL people. In my view, this means society must recognize, accept, and appreciate diversity and embrace all of its aspects," says Mareike Decker in our We Asked… REHADAT Gute Praxis interview. "For example, we must get away from viewing accommodations and supports for people with disabilities that ensure accessibility as special treatment and develop a solution-focused mindset as a matter of course. There are many ways to promote inclusion and participation. That’s why it is baffling to continuously spot issues in the practical implementation of these aspects – whether it pertains to school, work or other life settings. Far too often, people with disabilities face unnecessary barriers that result in discrimination and disadvantage. There are countless solutions, and many of them are easy to implement. There can never be enough awareness and education in this area."