ISS Estonia won the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year Award at the Swedish Business Awards 2014, based on a CSR project with the title ‘Recruitment and work with people with disabilities’.
Through collaboration with different public organisations, such as the Estonian Unemployment Fund, ISS Estonia initiated the project, with the purpose of creating changes, benefits, and raising public awareness in society by employing people with disabilities and special needs.
ISS offers employment opportunities within ISS for people with disabilities, job related training for job seekers and training for supervisors to work with people with special needs or disabilities. For the front line and middle managers, ISS offered training on how to communicate and lead people with disabilities and special needs.
As part of the project ISS Estonia also made a company movie called ‘We Care’, which is about an ISS employee with disabilities, the movie shows how it affects the employee in a positive way to have a job and income, and what it means to managers having am employee with disabilities.
Today there are around 200 employees with disabilities working in ISS Estonia, making up 12% of the workforce.
Madis Kase, COO at ISS Estonia, said:
– Our experience of working with people with disabilities shows that generally they are loyal, motivated and satisfied. We feel there is an increase in tolerance and awareness among employees, but also among costumers and in society. With this activity, ISS Estonia has found its own way to be socially responsible in the local labour market.
The Swedish Business Awards were established in 2006. The project aims to provide positive examples of international establishment and business development by highlighting the success of cooperation, emphasizing innovativeness, outstanding business achievements and the importance of contributions to society.