China has adopted a "carrot and stick" approach to disability in the workplace—incentivizing companies to employ people with disabilities and fining those who don’t. The simplistic national employment quota fails to address the complexities MNCs face in recruiting, training, and retaining employees with disabilities.
Although companies invariably cite challenges in finding employees with disabilities, some are beginning to debate the financial wisdom of continuing to ignore this underrepresented talent pool and are increasing their hiring and engagement efforts of persons with disabilities. To further understanding of workforce inclusion of persons with disabilities in China, and to identify practical ways forward for employers, The Conference Board China Center and the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability (YTI) at Cornell University’s ILR School partnered to explore how companies can tap the talent pool of people with disabilities and improve their employment outcomes.
Disability in the Workplace in China: Situation Assessment draws from the broader research findings and provides business practitioners with a detailed overview of the current situation, challenges, and root causes of employment barriers for persons with disabilities in China.
As part of their research collaboration, the China Center and YTI also convened a practitioner roundtable in Beijing in September 2018. Disability in the Workplace in China: Current Realities and Ways Forward summarizes the key learnings from the roundtable discussions.