Open Doors Initiative / Creating Work Opportunities For All

Who We Are

The Open Doors Initiative will provide opportunities to some of the marginalised members of our society that face higher barriers to employment than most of us do.

Today, people with disabilities are only half as likely to be in employment as others of working age. The youth unemployment rate tends to be double the general unemployment rate. And until recently, most refugees and asylum seekers were unable to access the labour market.

Together, as 15 Irish employers, we want to address this and support people who face barriers into employment. The benefits will be two-fold – open up the labour market to some of those who have been unable to access it; and attract and retain our future workforces.

Dalata Hotels
Dawn Meats
DeCare Dental
Diageo Ireland
Enterprise rent-a-car
Momentum Support

The Pledge

We, as corporate citizens, undertake to provide opportunities into the workplace including: training, placements, apprenticeships, community supports and employment opportunities for those people most in need in Irish society.

We will work to meet their needs in a respectful and co-operative way and aim to see them in purposeful engagement where possible.

We will engage in education and advocacy at a national and EU level on the adoption of innovative practices and policies that will remove barriers to employment.

We will be a responsible employer by adhering to the following principles:

  • Defined quality standards with measurable outcomes;
  • A national approach;
  • A clear plan to foster diversity, inclusion and social mobility;
  • A fair wage for all employees;
  • Paths to drive upward mobility within our organisations.

We will actively participate in sharing and learning across the network, including forums.

We will share and promote our membership and act as an ambassador to other employers: Employers will cascade their commitment via their supply chains and business networks, to create a multiplier effect encompassing employers, big and small, across Ireland.


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