According to the Times of India global standards of corporate social responsibility (CSR) are driving employment of people with disabilities in India -- that includes in the tourism industry:

Indian corporations are increasingly realising that they have much to lose by not following CSR norms. However, it is not easy to adopt these practices. "Only about 30 Indian companies bring out sustainability reports as compared to about 2,000 or 25% of the 8,000 listed companies in Europe when India has the same number of listed companies," said a report by Ernst & Young.

Another driver towards CSR for Indian companies is their global ambitions. To acquire companies abroad or even set up operations abroad, sustainability reports are becoming a must.

They continue:

While one [multinational corporation] has certainly set the ball rolling by employing differently-abled youth as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR), a similar effort is being pursued by a tour operator. Considering that as per the census 2001, Rajasthan has 16,40,868 people with speech impairment and another 12,61,722 with hearing disability, this spells hope for the differently-abled youth in a state that thrives on tourism.

"Plans are in the pipeline for Shaping Lives' an auxiliary organization with the Le Passage to India (LPTI) that would train people who are differently- abled and employ them in the industry. And, besides work opportunities that we would offer, they would also have the option to pick work anywhere they wish to," said Khalid Khan, executive director, LPTI.

From the LPTI web site:

Towards our commitment to Corporate Social responsibility, we believe in shaping lives of the less fortunate of our society through the Le Passage Travel Foundation, launched in December 2010. Le Passage Travel Group has its strength in its strong employee base, its SBUs (Strategic Business Unit), its trade partners and the strong foundation that helps shape the lives of many. These strengths give us the confidence to believe that we can make a difference through SHAPING LIVES.

We believe the innocence of a child is priceless and through our Travel foundation we take this as our responsibility to give back to our nation and we strive to shape the lives of the innocent, lost in poverty or misery. Currently the foundations supports initiatives like India Bear Rescue in partnership with Wildlife SOS working towards rescuing Indian Sloth Bear and Project Arman working for Ragpicker children with NGO Chintan, amongst the many other initiatives in the cities of Delhi, Jaipur & Goa.

Through this endeavor, we certainly hope we can create a model foundation for the Indian Tourism Industry to emulate.

Le Passage Travel Foundation - Vision: A Smile on every Child's face Mission: To facilitate change for the less privileged through the travel industry
Goals: Education, Health & Hygiene, Life Skills, Vocational Skills, Protection from abuse & trafficking
Values: Through our responsible leadership role in the travel industry, we wish to become pioneers of change in the lives of the less privileged.
We commit to total transparency and accountability and also dedicate our deeds and actions, towards fulfillment of our mission, vision and goals.

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