On October 6, 2016, OFCCP convened its first disability business roundtable, entitled “Best Practices and Strategies for Success” at the U.S. Department of Labor headquarters in Washington, D.C. The focus of the roundtable was the business-to-business sharing of practices, experiences and lessons learned regarding the two Section 503 concerns that contractors have raised with OFCCP most often: the ability to recruit individuals with disabilities; and the ability to obtain the voluntary self-identification data necessary to measure progress toward the aspirational seven percent utilization goal.

The half-day event featured two panels comprised of select corporate leaders, from various sectors of the economy, who shared their companies’ demonstrated successes and promising approaches for fostering voluntary self-identification of disability, and for increasing the hiring and retention of individuals with disabilities. Panelists included representatives from Fortune 500 companies, and from the financial, retail and manufacturing sectors. Also featured was a keynote address by a vice president of a Fortune 500 company, and welcoming remarks from Deputy Secretary of Labor, Christopher P. Lu and OFCCP Director, Patricia A. Shiu.

Approximately 65 people, from an array of types and sizes of companies, colleges and universities, and disability service organizations attended the event, shared ideas and experiences, and asked questions of the presenters. Visit the disability business roundtable web page to view the event program guide and see photos from the event.

For more information, go to www.dol.gov/ofccp.