03.12.2014

Several Schindler companies promote the integration of people with disabilities

Several Schindler companies in the region „Europe South“ join together on December 3, 2014 to boost their activities helping people with disabilities in their communities. December 3 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities promoted by the United Nations since 1992.

With a joint communication to all employees in participating countries, we aim to raise our employees’ awareness and encourage to employ and support disabled persons wherever possible. The project is a first step of a joint social vision in the region “Europe South”, bringing numerous local activities together under one umbrella.  

Provide mobility for all

“As a global provider of mobility solutions, moving one billion people each day, it is in our DNA to improve mobility for everyone. This of course includes promoting the integration of people with disabilities in the workplace, in society and in people’s perceptions. With this joint project we are advancing our current efforts in this area even further.” said Johanna Navarro, project leader.

Schindler elevator control panel featuring Braille
Schindler elevator control panel featuring Braille

This year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities will focus on the role of technology. With our sophisticated elevator and escalator products and services, including our innovative transit management system PORT, we already offer a significant improvement in mobility for many people with disabilities. Furthermore we are supporting numerous local initiatives already in place around the world.

 

Current local initiatives include:

Integration of people
  • Encouraging employment of disabled persons in Schindler companies
  • National actions organized by Schindler to raise awareness and promote the integration of people with disabilities inside the company and in the society
  • Partnerships with local non-profit organizations that aim to raise awareness, employ or rehabilitate people with disabilities
  • Sponsorships with universities and designers for barrier removal in daily life
  • Encouraging employees to take part in volunteer activities concerning disabled persons

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

The United Nations International Day of Disabled Persons aims to promote the understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. According to the UN, over one billion people, or approximately 15 percent of the world’s population, live with some form of disability. People with disabilities face many different barriers which contribute to making their lives more challenging.