The voluntary groups that took part in the survey score particularly highly for motivation (71 per cent, compared with 67 per cent for the public sector and 56 for the private sector), with 81 per cent of them (compared with 77 per cent and 73 per cent) having allocated sufficient resources and established management structures to promote equality. Disability equality in work, workplace design and employee support are guaranteed by 80 per cent of third sector respondents (compared with 73 per cent for both the public and the private sectors).
However, the third sector organisations rate less well for monitoring the impact of their measures (51 per cent, compared with 47 per cent for the public sector and 41 per cent for the private sector) and ensuring the accessibility of their products and services.
“We want all businesses and organisations to understand the need to adopt disability as a business issue,” said Susan Scott-Parker, chief executive of the EFD. “Becoming disability-confident will benefit the not-for-profit sector as well as the disabled people it serves and employs.”
The sectors that have been given the lowest overall scores for disability awareness are investment banking (43 per cent) and consulting and professional services (34 per cent).
The full report is available on the EFD’s Disability Standard website.