Inditex-owned Zara and other brands have pledged to hire more people with disabilities. (Sterling B. Plenert/Inditex)
Zara’s owners are committed to significantly increasing employment of people with disabilities throughout their operations.
Spain’s Inditex, which owns brands such as Zara, says it intends to double the number of people with disabilities in its workforce over the next two years.
The hiring drive is expected to increase inclusion across stores, warehouses, offices and Inditex’s logistics platform around the world, hiring more than 1,500 people with disabilities, officials said. increase.
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Inditex said it plans to exceed the requirements for hiring people with disabilities in the jurisdictions in which it operates. Where there is no such mandate, the company has indicated that it will strive to ensure that at least 2% of its workforce is made up of persons with disabilities.
Inditex CEO García Maceiras pledged to expand employment for people with disabilities at a meeting this month with the Director General of the International Labor Organization, a UN agency. At the conference, Inditex joined the Agency’s Global Business and Disability Network, a group of employers committed to the Ten Principles of Disability Inclusion.
“Inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace is a core component of our commitment to people,” said Maceiras. “Diversity, equity and inclusion are values we all embrace and pursue every day to make an impact not only within Inditex but around us. It’s about designing opportunities for people.”
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