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2017 social responsibility award

The Taicang Inclusion Factory would like to thank Taicang municipal government and the Taicang Economy Development Area Bureau for awarding our project with the 2017 social responsibility award! 

The inclusion Factory project could not have become a reality without the strong cooperation, outstanding support and innovative spirit of the Taicang Local government!

Taicang is known for setting the standards for High-quality manufacturing and solid cooperation with foreign enterprises; Now, Taicang is also known for its leading role in promoting social inclusion and the creation of equal opportunities for people with disabilities in our society!

Thank you!
And may we have an even more prosperous 2018, together!

一家工厂的公益实验:22名工人全是心智残障人士

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一圈,两圈,三圈。滕希将一个锥形弹簧套在螺钉上,弹簧由密到梳,他拧完最后一圈停手,微蹙的眉头解开,脸上绽出笑容,说了一句“YES!”

滕希是一名心智障碍者,今年是他在江苏太仓中德善美实业有限公司(下称“中德善美”)工作的第三年。这是他第一次组装排风扇。培训师花了大概半小时,教他把扇板、插杆、瓷座等逐步组装成排风扇部件,最后一步就是安装锥形弹簧的“天线”。

组装有6个步骤,对滕希来说并不容易。“他们都很聪明,但最大的挑战是记忆力。”培训师魏欣彤说,重复多次后可以完全掌握,但如果一段时间不做,教会的东西又会忘记。学会之后,他们完成一个零部件的时间大约是普通人的两到三倍。

下班后,滕希在朋友圈发了四张自己的工作照,说“培训师让我做新的活”。在中德善美,滕希还有二十个同为心智障碍者的同事。他们每天的工作时间不到7小时,月工资有1800多元,享有五险一金、双休日和法定假期。

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CSR is a Passion – not a Fashion Trend

Thilo Koeppe on CSR in China and the Industry 3.5 concept

 

(Article published in German Chamber magazine GCTicker, issue Oct-Nov 2016, download PDF)

by OLIVIA HELVADJIAN


Industry 4.0 focuses on increasing efficiency, quality and flexibility, while adopting cyber connectivity. Where Industry 4.0 puts CPS (cyber-physical systems) in its focus, the Inclusion Factory’s Industry 3.5 concept focuses on human talents namely Talents with Disabilities (TwD). The aim is to provide challenged individuals with the training to produce demanding cable harnesses and assemble a variety of products using specially designed fixtures and machinery.

The Inclusion Factory is an innovative example of consolidated action; as part of the Taicang roundtable, more than 80 partners joined forces to establish the workshop, which is the first institution in China to offer a meaningful employment solution to individuals who are intellectually or physically challenged under real market conditions. The workshop is based on a model established in Germany by Lebenshilfe e.V. and focuses on becoming an integral part of the industrial value chain of companies operating in and around Taicang.

GC Ticker team met with Thilo Koeppe, chairman of the board of directors, Taicang Inclusion Factory to further discuss CSR in China and the Industry 3.5 concept.

What are the challenges and advantages of beginning CSR projects in China?

It’s hard to speak about this topic generally but I can tell you a little from our experience. The main challenge of starting a larger scale CSR project was certainly getting the local authorities intrigued by the concept and its potential impact. For us, the most important assets are the employees. Without the help of the local disabled federation we would not have been able to identify our Talents with Disabilities. Furthermore, we required governmental support to provide our employees with regular work permits and social insurance coverage. Consequently, the backing of the local authorities is key. Once those hurdles were successfully negotiated, the CSR engagement became highly rewarding due to amazing public interest helping us tremendously in increasing the number of supporting organizations. Read more

Taicang Inclusion Factory wins the Corperate Leadership Award

Read about it in Rotary’s “Pagoda” newsletter (EN)