The business benefits of work inclusion and why working with people from disadvantaged groups is good for organisational growth and impact

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This research shows why working with people from disadvantaged groups works well for business; summarising analysis of the business benefits resulting from Work Inclusion programmes and partnerships.

We know that the motives for engaging in Work Inclusion initiatives - programmes and partnerships to support people from disadvantaged groups to build successful working lives - vary from company to company.

Engagement can spring from a desire to address the needs of a specific group; meeting a business need to develop a new talent pipeline; fulfilling a company’s employee volunteering objectives, or a combination of all of these. In some instances, it can be a base requirement as part of license to operate.

The key factor that ties this together for many businesses is a recognition that Work Inclusion programmes provide companies with a way to meet both CR and business objectives whilst engaging employees on an issue of importance for both business and society.

Through analysis of awards applications, case studies and surveys, this research shows that, regardless of the motivation for engaging in initiatives, there are considerable business benefits to be achieved from running Work Inclusion programmes and partnerships.

The most common categories of business benefits are:
  • Employees and future workforce
  • Brand value and reputation
  • Direct financial impact
  • Organisational growth and effectiveness