Webinar on Workers with Disability: Disability 101 for HR Managers

This webinar aims to raise awareness to HR managers/practitioners about people and workers with disability, by sharing experiences and good practices.


The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected many who have historically faced significant barriers to employment, including people with disabilities, compounding the economic hardships many with disabilities faced before the pandemic. Traditionally, people with disabilities face persistently lower rates of employment and earn significantly lower wages compared to their peers without disabilities. In addition to the increased health risk associated with the pandemic and increased risk of exposure in many in-person workplaces, people with disabilities have been confronted with lost wages, job loss and long-term unemployment.

Human resource management practices play a particularly important role in making the Indonesian labour market gender equal and inclusive. In fact, decisions and actions of HR professionals could open doors for disadvantaged groups of people to employment and allow them to utilize their skills fully. Building a gender equal, non-discriminative, and inclusive workplaces free from discrimination starts with awareness of HR professionals.

Against this backdrop, the United Nations initiates to implement a project “Employment and Livelihood: An Inclusive Approach to Economic Empowerment of Women & Vulnerable Populations in Indonesia”. The project is funded by the UN Multi-Partner Trust Funds (UN MPTF). Four UN agencies, International Labour Organization (ILO), UN Development Programme (UNDP), Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), and UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) implement the project. This webinar series is one of the activities in the project.

The webinar series is in collaboration with the Ministry of Manpower, Association of Indonesian Employers (APINDO), Indonesia Business and Disability Network (IBDN), Indonesia Business Coalition for Women Empowerment (IBCWE), the National Movement for Competent Indonesia (Gerakan Nasional Indonesia Kompeten, GNIK) and other like-minded organisations. One of the topics is Workers with Disability: Disability 101 for HR Managers. In this topic, we would like to share good human resource management practices that promote gender equality, non-discrimination, and inclusiveness at workplaces, with the human resource directors, managers and practitioners as the target audience. The session will also introduce a guideline produce by APINDO on “Panduan Kesetaraan dan Inklusivitas di Tempat Kerja 


This webinar aims to raise awareness to HR managers/practitioners about people and workers with disability, by sharing experiences and good practices. The participants will learn how to assure fair recruitment, avoiding biases and unintended discriminations for people with disability. By having the awareness, it is expected that the audience can make their workplaces to be equal, non-discriminative, and inclusive for everyone.


Format of each session may vary, but it include introduction of good practices and moderated discussions among resource persons who are experienced human resource directors and managers. An indicative agenda is as follows:
Webinar – Presentations and discussion (90 minute format)
0:00 – 0:05 Welcome remarks, introduction of the topic and speakers by the MC
0:05 – 0:20 Introduction on the APINDO Guideline “Panduan Kesetaraan dan Inklusivitas di Tempat Kerja 
0:20 – 0:35 Implementation of inclusive recruiment by IBDN member company
0:35 – 0:45 Testimony from worker with disability
0:45 – 1:00 Moderated discussion (MC and three speakers)
1:20 – 1:20 Q and A with participants
1:20 – 1:27 Interactive quiz
1:27 – 1:30 Closing by MC, introduction of the next session topic