CIBC is the first Canadian bank to make disability commitment

by Steve Randall04 Dec 2019

CIBC has committed to an international initiative to put disability on the business agenda.

In joining The Valuable 500, the Canadian Big 6 bank along with others will pledge to unlock the business, social and economic value of people living with disabilities around the world.

The lender already has an ongoing commitment to ensure that 8-9% of its annual hires are persons with disabilities and builds on its relationships with organizations such as Specialisterne and Lime Connect that specialize in connecting employers with talented candidates living with disabilities.

"We're focused on continuing to level the playing field and remove barriers to ensure our team members can all excel and contribute to helping our clients achieve their goals," said Victor G. Dodig, CIBC President and Chief Executive Officer. "The future competitiveness of our country depends on engaging all of our intellectual capital and enabling more persons with disabilities to be full participants in our economy is not just a positive gesture, it's good for businesses and for Canadian economic growth."

Financial inclusion
With around 1.3 billion people living with some form of disability worldwide according to the World Bank, Caroline Casey, founder of The Valuable 500, says that large corporates are role models for the wider business world.

"Financial inclusion is an essential part of ensuring we are reaching a point where those with disabilities are included fully into our society," said Caroline Casey, Founder, The Valuable 500. "It is fantastic CIBC has joined The Valuable 500 and made the commitment to hire persons with disabilities on an annual basis.”

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