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Investing for Inclusion: Exploring a Disability Lens

June 10, 2024

A Guide for Investors

An estimated 1.3 billion people – 16% of the global population – experience some form of disability. This growing demographic represents a vast, intersectional and untapped market opportunity. This guide empowers investors with a step-by-step approach to integrating disability-inclusive considerations within investment strategies - throughout the investment process and life cycle. Through this "disability lens," investors can identify organizations poised to capitalize on both business benefits and social inclusion opportunities throughout their value chain.

The guide explores the following key areas and themes:

  • Market Opportunity: Gain insights into the substantial spending power of the disability community and how companies investing in this segment are poised for tremendous growth.
  • Financial Opportunity Explore the significant expansion of the sustainable finance market and learn how investors can leverage financial instruments addressing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues that include persons with disabilities. 
  • Competitive Advantage: Uncover how disability-inclusive practices and assistive tech products can drive innovation within companies, leading to new products and services that benefit all consumers and create a competitive advantage.

Investors, multi-lateral development banks, and development finance institutions can explore the many entry points to address the inequalities faced by persons with disabilities and fill the gap: from promoting persons with disabilities in leadership and employment, to serving persons with disabilities as a targeted consumer segment and working constructively with persons with disabilities in the community. Disability inclusion translates to a powerful business opportunity, unlocking new customer segments and driving significant social and economic returns.