Susan Scott-Parker OBE
Susan Scott-Parker is internationally recognised as a spirited and creative thought leader and communicator on how to mobilise business leadership behind the economic and social inclusion of people with disabilities worldwide.
She has made a career from challenging outdated assumptions regarding disability as it affects business, while also challenging assumptions regarding the potential of responsible business to adapt respectfully to human reality.
Her work is grounded in the reality of both business and disability and is distinctive in her determination to deliver practical, tangible, mutual benefit for business, people with disabilities, the global economy, and society more widely.
She leads business disability international (bdi), founded by Barclays, GSK and Infosys to enable a new conversation between global business and persons with disabilities. She also founded and co-chairs - alongside senior procurement executives from Infosys and EDF Energy - bdi’s Global Procurement Taskforce.
Susan is the Founder and Honorary Vice President of Business Disability Forum (BDF), the world’s first such business/disability network. She has led BDF for more than 20 years and has helped to establish similar networks internationally, from Austria and Australia, to Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia. She also founded and co-chaired the Technology Taskforce.
Under her leadership BDF pioneered the world’s first Leadership Development Programme for Persons with Disabilities and the first corporate Disability Standard to measure the disability-related performance of an entire business.
Susan coined the concept and language of ‘Disability Confidence’ – now heard worldwide - in 2003, in the knowledge that if we can change the way people talk about the world, we make it easier to change it.
Susan has built long-standing strategic alliances with organisations as diverse as the National Business & Disability Council (USA), the Australian Network on Disability, G3ict, MyAbility, the Austrian Business Disability Network, Community Business (Hong Kong), and the Myanmar Council for Responsible Business. She also serves as an Ambassador for the ILO Global Business Disability Network, ZeroProject, PurpleLightUp & PurpleSpace and Face Equality International.
Susan is on the Steering Group of the Global Action on Disability Network, and a board member of Light for the World (UK) and the Central School of Ballet in London.