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October 08, 2014

Carlos Slim Joins Global Campaign to Hire Disabled People

Mexican telecommunications mogul Carlos Slim pledged Tuesday to hire workers with intellectual and developmental disabilities and signed on to a worldwide effort urging other employers to do the same, Bloomberg reports. Mr. Slim, the world's second-richest person with an estimated $81.2-billion fortune, joined Anthony Kennedy Shriver, founder of advocacy group Best Buddies, in launching the campaign to highlight the benefits of hiring people with conditions such as Down's syndrome and cerebral palsy.

Only about 15 percent of the almost 5 million learning-disabled U.S. adults had paying work last year, according to Best Buddies. A report this year by the Institute for Corporate Productivity found that disabled staffers tend to be highly motivated and dependable and improve workplace efficiency. "We think that it’s very important for society to have these people integrated to economic activity," said Mr. Slim, whose America Movil employs more than 170,000 people across the Americas.

Read a Chronicle of Philanthropy profile of Mr. Slim and his philanthropic philosophy.