Caroline is thrilled that Juan Pablo Salazar has agreed to join her on the Main Stage of One Young World in Bogotá later this week. Juan Pablo is the President of the National Disability Council and Advisor of the Presidential Plan for the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in the Republic of Colombia. Not only this, but Juan Pablo’s father, Rafael Augusto Salazar, the renowned architect and businessman, will join them to provide his perspectives on how inclusion makes business sense and join Caroline in asking more businesses to pledge to put disability equally on their business agenda.
Juan Pablo is the founder and President of Arcángeles Foundation, an NGO that provides rehabilitation, psychosocial support, vocational training and economic opportunity to people with disabilities as well as consulting to business on inclusion. Caroline visited Arcánceles before her horse trek across Colombia and also to the Gran Estación Shopping Centre in Bogotá which was designed by Augusto Salazar.
Securitas were asked to provide the shopping centre with security guards with disabilities. The project led to Securitas Colombia’s pioneering inclusive programme “Vigilancia Inclusiva” in 2007, which has since been implemented by Securitas in several countries in Latin America.
Vigilancia Inclusiva by Securitas Colombia
Other inclusive initiatives in Colombia that Caroline has seen first hand include:
Pacto de Productividad – a country-wide programme set up in 2009 to promote inclusive employment which involves training, support and tools for people with disabilities, improvement in employment agency skills, as well as direct industry involvement. It has the support of the Ministry of Work and is financed by International Development Bank among others.
Corona which has run an inclusive employment scheme since 2013.
Caroline is very excited about welcoming these leading Colombian pioneers to the Main Stage at One Young World