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Only one month left to apply for the ESCAP-Sasakawa Award for Disability-Inclusive Business in Asia and the Pacific


BANGKOK (UN ESCAP Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section), 23 JULY 2013– Businesses that recognize the added value of diversity are now eligible for the pioneering ESCAP-Sasakawa Award for Disability-Inclusive Business in Asia and the Pacific. The Award, developed in partnership by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Nippon Foundation (TNF), and the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD), recognizes the leadership of companies that provide enabling working environments, deliver inclusive products and services, and are innovative in their disability-inclusive approach.

In view of the crucial role of the private sector in promoting disability-inclusive societies, the ESCAP-Sasakawa Award was developed to:

§ Publicly recognize and reward businesses that demonstrate good practices in responding to the needs of persons with disabilities in their business operations;

§ Raise awareness regarding the opportunities available to the private sector for inclusion of persons with disabilities in businesses; and

§ Catalyse Asia-Pacific leadership in disability-inclusive business.

Nominations for the Award close on 19 August 2013. Companies may apply for the Award under one of the three categories:

§ Disability-inclusive multinational enterprise;

§ Disability-inclusive national enterprise; and

§ Disability-inclusive entrepreneurial business.

All winners will receive ongoing public recognition for their excellence and innovation in the field of disability-inclusive business. The winner of the entrepreneurial business category will additionally receive a grant in the range of US$ 50,000 to 100,000. The first Award will be conferred on 3 December 2013 in conjunction with the commemoration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

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