Hiring persons with disabilities is recognized as a part of the philosophy of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and an essential dimension of the workforce diversity. Increasing labour participation of persons with disabilities and raising CSR among business is important to achieve the ‘inclusive’ growth target of the EU 2020 strategy. Yet, the official employment rates for persons with disabilities still remain low. The paper argues that instead of treating employers as a part of the problem, they should be regarded as a part of the solution to improve the situation and share positive examples. Inclusive practices tend to be observed more in multinational enterprises (MNEs), since those are subjected to CSR policies and possess better resources.
The paper examines how MNEs integrate ‘inclusive corporate culture’ in order to employ persons with disabilities as a part of their CSR strategies. The article analyses inclusive corporate cultures and CSR policies of twelve selected MNEs operating in Norway and the UK. The paper is based on the comparative qualitative content analysis of the websites of MNEs and their CSR reports. The selection of the MNEs is based on the results of the discussion meetings with employers’ organizations in Norway and the UK.