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StanChart to double number of employees with disability

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By Judith Gicobi

In an effort to promote diversity in the workplace, Standard Chartered Bank Kenya has formally joined the Kenya Business & Disability Network (KBDN).

The lender recently signed a partnership with disability welfare campaigners Sightsavers and Light for the World, investing Sh97 million to create a two-year employability program for impaired jobseekers.

This entry into the network occurs just months after that relationship was signed.

The bank joins the network’s other 11 companies, which also include Coca-Cola Kenya, British American Tobacco (BAT), and Safaricom.

The Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) is the host of the employer-led KBDN program, which brings organizations together to promote disability inclusion in the workplace.

StanChart has promised to increase the proportion of disabled workers in its employment from eight in 2021 to 20 by the end of this year as a result of the admission. There are currently 13 people.

In 2021, the International Labour Organization (ILO) predicted that the youth unemployment rate would be 13.8%, with the difference growing even wider for people who have disabilities.

According to data from the 2019 census, 2.2% of Kenyans live with a disability, and 80–90% of them are still unemployed.

As a result of the statistics, there has been a change in the public’s perception of what constitutes ethical treatment of the disabled, with organizations now viewing disability as a human rights problem.

The Kenya Bankers Association (KBA) created the eLimu online platform in December of last year to teach employees in the sector sign language linked to banks.

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