To celebrate World Down Syndrome Day (Sunday 21st March 2021) CoorDown launches its global awareness campaign 'The Hiring Chain'. Their message to employers all over the world is that hiring a person with Down syndrome not only changes the life of the person concerned, but can trigger a virtuous circle of new opportunities for everyone.
Award-winning artist Sting performs the original song 'The Hiring Chain', which is the focus of the campaign video. The punchy, joyful lyrics come to life on screen and bear witness to the 'virtuous' chain of inclusion in the workplace. In the first scene, a young woman named Simone is at work at the bakery, showing customers her skills. One of these customers is a lawyer who is impressed and decides in turn to hire a young man and give him a chance. From there, a chain reaction ensues: the young men and women featured in the video and song show that the more people with Down syndrome are seen at work, the more they are recognised as valuable employees. Challenging low expectations and prejudices, thus creating opportunities for new hires.
On World Down Syndrome Day 2021, CoorDown takes up the challenge of the pandemic and the social crisis to affirm that job inclusion is not only a right to be guaranteed now more than ever for every person, but it brings benefits in the workplace and in society at large.
Employers inspired by our film should visit www.hiringchain.org (created by Adoratorio). They will find the contact details for organisations around the world that can provide information, support and encouragement to get people with Down syndrome into their workplace. There is also in-depth information on employment and answers to frequently asked questions about creating an inclusive workplace.
Why Work Matters. Being more independent, contributing to society, having your own income, learning new skills, meeting new people, and feeling valued. People with Down syndrome want to work for the same reasons as anyone else. But most people with Down syndrome face barriers and prejudices, lack of opportunities, low expectations, and stereotypical attitudes. Debunking misconceptions about their potential and the benefits of an inclusive workplace are the stories and experiences of companies, employers, and employees. Every person with Down syndrome can work according to their abilities. The goal is to find a role that fits each individual so they can do their job successfully. When given the right opportunity, people with Down syndrome can achieve great things and have a positive impact on colleagues, customer satisfaction, culture, and motivation throughout the company. Diversity strengthens all workplaces. A virtuous cycle that spreads into the rest of society.
'The Hiring Chain' campaign - available on CoorDown's YouTube channel was created in partnership with the New York-based creative agency SMALL with the invaluable support of Indiana Production, an Italian-based production company. The original song, performed by Sting, was composed by Stabbiolo Music.
This year’s global campaign was again supported by the Down's Syndrome Association (UK) and Down Syndrome Australia with the patronage of DSi - Down Syndrome International.
The campaign has been supported by Fondazione Cariplo and LinkedIn whose Italian office partnered with CoorDown over the past 12 months.
Antonella Falugiani, president of CoorDown Onlus, comments: "With the campaign 'The Hiring Chain' we want to invite everyone - companies, citizens, organizations - to give more job opportunities and to learn more about the benefits of inclusion. Work, for people with Down syndrome, is as important as it is for everyone. It is about ensuring a fundamental right that is also a human need, and is the same for every individual. Work is an important stepping-stone for growth, for becoming adults, for the realisation of one's own life, for living independently and having the opportunities that all working people have. Just as it is important to study, so is the passage into the world of work, because it allows us to recognise the value of people and to have new social relationships, the economic base that work provides helps build independence and emotional relationships. Ensuring equal rights and dignity in the workplace to all people who have Down syndrome means giving them the opportunity to build their future."
Luca Lorenzini and Luca Pannese, executive creative directors, SMALL New York, comment: "We have been working with CoorDown since 2012 and each time the insights that the association offers us are so deep and fertile that the campaigns practically write themselves. This year, thanks to Indiana, we were able to work with internationally renowned director Rich Lee. And, as if that weren't enough, Sting performed the song that accompanies the film. We grew up listening to Sting and The Police, and we'll just let you imagine the excitement we felt when we heard his voice performing the song we wrote for CoorDown for the first time. We really hope that his contribution can make the campaign more visible and can help give more and more job opportunities to people with Down syndrome."
Karim Bartoletti, partner/MD/executive producer of Indiana Production, says: “The Coordown diamond we were given to produce by SMALL already had a light of its own even before we produced it: a powerful insight, a strong creative idea, a memorable song, overall entertainment value, a celebrity appeal and, more importantly, a heartfelt purpose and request for activation and engagement through brand content soaked with a powerful message. All this was already within the meanders of the original script, all we needed to do was make the diamond shine as brightly as possible. That’s what we did. We cannot be more proud of Rich Lee’s direction, Chris Probst’s cinematography, Luca Angeleri’s editing, Drive Studio’s post production efforts in creating - with our team at Indiana Production - the perfect content for CoorDown to allow the Hiring Chain to be as engaging and as 'long' and as successful as it can in maximising, through the power of the content itself, the spreading of a fundamental cause for people with Down syndrome."
Rich Lee, Creative Director, Drive Studios adds: "The whole idea of promoting inclusion in the workplace of people with Down Syndrome is such an important one and I think the team at Small did a really wonderful job at expressing it in a magical way. I had seen Luca and Luca’s work for Diesel and Coordown and was excited to work with them. They are crazy talented and also very down to earth, always supportive of the creative and asking all the right questions and turning over all the rocks to find interesting ideas.
I’ve worked with Indiana and Karim Bartoletti before and it’s always fun getting a call from him, because it usually begins with …”I’ve got a crazy idea” or “I’ve got this interesting project…” This film was a little bit of both, it was a beautiful concept that was also a bit crazy considering Covid was just starting to rear its ugly head. We filmed in Spain but the client and production team were from Italy, which was about to be shut down, so it was a bit tricky to navigate through these strange times, but everything else clicked. I loved seeing how everyone, the crew, talent, producers helped put the film together. Also Martina at Coordown was just wonderful. It was great to frame up shots and to see her reaction to them. The whole process, other than covid, was really fun. It was definitely a labour of love. The whole team was in alignment creatively and technically and it all just really came together perfectly ..oh, and of course STING!"
Giovanni Fosti, president Fondazione Cariplo, said: “Work allows to unleash and express one’s potential and abilities: being a priori excluded from such an opportunity that should be granted to all is painful and unfair. The current times we are living in make inclusion of people with disabilities in the labour market even harder than before. Nonetheless, it is precisely in difficult times like these that we need stronger, more cohesive and more inclusive communities. For this purpose, Fondazione Cariplo has recently launched a new edition of the call for proposals “Abili al Lavoro” [Able to Work] and is also supporting, in collaboration with CoorDown, a campaign that aims to raise awareness regarding the importance of job inclusion."