Specialisterne is strongly committed to sustainability and contributing to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined by the United Nations in 2015, and with 2030 as the goal.
In the case of Specialisterne, our activity falls within 4 objectives.
4. Quality education: Specifically, the sections relate to providing relevant skills to young people and adults for employment (4.4) and improving the education of the most vulnerable groups (4.5)
8. Decent work and economic growth: Especially the sections related to youth (8.6) and vulnerable groups (8.8)
10. Reduction of inequalities: With the emphasis on empowering and promoting the economic and social inclusion of vulnerable groups (10.2)
17. Partnerships to achieve the objectives: With the emphasis on collaborating with companies, associations and foundations, related to autism and neurodiversity, governments and other bodies. It’s objective to assess the social impact and promote a greater advance in the inclusion of people with autism in our society. The Specialisterne Foundation (which owns the Specialisterne concept and brand and replicates them around the world) has been associated with the United Nations since 2015.
FOR SOCIETY AS A WHOLE
Does society compensate for the resources necessary for the training and support of the people we train and employ? At Specialisterne we have shown that yes, an investment in time to support people from certain groups, however expensive it may seem, can even end up being profitable from an economic point of view with respect to the option of doing nothing, apart from contributing to a fairer and more inclusive society.
The Specialisterne model has already been evaluated in this way twice:
- Specialisterne Impact Analysis Report, published in late 2013, focusing on the effect in Denmark. His main conclusion from an economic point of view: Every Danish krone invested in a Specialisterne employee with autism generates 2.20 kronor in taxes and contributions to the Danish state coffers. See more details here.
- Report “Realizing Potential”, prepared by PwC in Australia in 2015, based on the experience of the “Dandelion Program”. This report explores the social and economic benefits and includes testimonials from people with autism who are already working as software testers.