Every month, there is one day dedicated to bringing “joy through music”. With the sponsorship of Brose, we invited a music teacher from Shanghai who facilitated a monthly music workshop for our employees.

Let’s review these wonderful moments of the music workshop through a video.

Music and music improvisation have always been the common language of human beings, regardless the ability or cultural differences. We used instruments to give our employees a chance to fully express, explore and re-understand themselves. Music improvisation also helps our employees to search for their own needs, and thus obtain a positive change.

By holding these workshops, we hope to make our employees feel the charm of music and let them know that everyone can be involved in music. At the same time, we also expect that this course can help employees relax themselves, release their work pressure and improve their self-confidence. Some activities are in small teams, which helps to improve teamwork abilities in operation.

Music teacher Pablo: “Thanks Inclusion Factory a lot for giving me the opportunity to come here to teach music. This experience is very precious to me, because I’ve never taught in such a different environment, which is of great benefit to me in improving my teaching methods. From the beginning, everyone’s performance was excellent and everyone was very engaged, which made my teaching work easier and happier. Meanwhile, in such an environment, challenged employees feel very comfortable, relaxed and more confident.”

Lenka: “Using different musical instruments seems to be much easier way to express our own emotions than using words. In daily work, our employees are generally not very keen on expressing their thoughts and feelings, while in music workshops, it was easier for them to open up. Music class gave us a chance to know our employees from a different angle.”

Job Coach Tracey: “Music is also a kind of therapy which is softer and easier for employees to accept. The interaction and collaboration in the music class deepened the teamwork spirit and promoted unity among everyone. In general, music classes have positive impact on our employees.”

If you are curious about what is the most inclusive thing in the world, the answer is definitely MUSIC!

再次鸣谢以下企业对我们的大力支持!

Thank You for all the Support!

Corporate Social Responsibility is an important strategy in companies, but many managers do not know how to comply with it and put it into practice. We prepared a 3-minute video to explain exactly that, we promise it is worth watching!

“There is immense power when a group of people with similar interests gets together to work toward the same goals”; it is rare to find those people, and we were lucky enough to run with SAP.

Inclusion Factory

SAP’s vision is to “make the world run better and improve people’s lives”, and the “diversity and inclusion” strategy is one of the means to achieve this vision. Sap has always regarded diversity and inclusion as the company’s development strategy. In 2013, SAP launched the autism at work program globally to create an equal opportunity for people with disabilities to be included into the mainstream workplace. So far, 175 talents with autism have been employed by SAP.

Today, SAP’s smart hand extends to a wider field, using its technical advantages in enterprise management software to help Taicang Inclusion Factory’s digital transformation. Taicang Inclusion Factory is a social enterprise dedicated to promoting the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities into the society. It employs nearly thirty full-time employees with intellectual disabilities, who are responsible to assemble and process automotive and electronic parts and components. The goal is that using professional vocational training, the employees will improve their skills and in the future will be able to work in a regular enterprise.

 

 

 

Diverse Employees – Diverse Challenges

In the Inclusion factory, each employee is unique, and his or her working abilities are also different from other employees. The products of the factory are diverse, and dozens of products need to be assembled in a day. Therefore, shift management has become a very complex task in the daily work of the factory. On the one hand, the factory needs to consider the quality demands of the customer & the delivery time of the order. On the other hand, the factory also needs to consider the different abilities of the employees. The most important thing is to visualize the entire interactive interface so that each employee can independently obtain work information.

“I need at least one hour a day to arrange employee scheduling. The Excel scheduling table we designed is very complicated and has many formulas. It is easy to make mistakes if you are not careful, and it is not very flexible to adjust.”

——Haiyan, Job Coach, Inclusion Factory

“The data in our production workshop and warehouse management department can’t be cleared. I often chase my colleagues in the warehouse management department to ask what the order volume is for tomorrow, and my colleagues from the warehouse department often come over and ask me how the production is going. “

——Bei Bei, Job Coach, Inclusion Factory

In order to face these problems, the shift management system that are available on the market, cannot meet the needs of the Inclusion Factory.

SAP’s helping hand

After the Inclusion Factory team explained SAP the challenges they faced, SAP team established a team of volunteer experts. After a year of hard work, the first version was released at last.

Later, after repeated testing by the Job Coaches, the SAP team also carried out many iterations of the version. Finally, the system was officially put into operation in April this year.

Digital empowerment to help the inclusive employment of people with disabilities

Visualized barrier-free design: This system inherits SAP’s inclusive corporate culture. Its interactive interface fully considers the cognitive characteristics of people with intellectual disabilities. With the graphical interface of information visualization, employees with disabilities in the workshop can quickly understand the work arrangement without hindrance.

One-key scheduling: The work that originally took an hour can be completed in seconds.

Freely and conveniently switching between multiple modes: in order to further develop the skills of the employees, we would like employees to work on different products throughout the day. However, each employee’s work efficiency for each products is different. Thus, the need to increase our production capacity is hard to achieve; this system can be flexibly adjusted according to the status and lead-time of different orders.
When the order volume is relatively large or urgent, the “maximum capacity” mode is on; and the shift management system will give priority to the employee’s work efficiency. When the order is small or not urgent, the “minimum capacity” mode is on. The shift management system will prioritize employee’s training needs, to allow employees to do products they have not done before, with the purpose of improving the productivity level of employees. When “employee care” mode is on, the shift management system will prioritize arranging employees to do a variety of products during the work day to enhance their joy and interest in the daily tasks.

Seamless data connection: today, all departments can share data seamlessly through this system, greatly reducing the time spent on internal communication.

Tracking production capacity: we can intuitively see the progress of each order and understand the changes in the productivity of each employee.

The complex and refined business scenarios and standardized and modular products corresponding to existing SAP products far exceed the needs of the Inclusion Factory. Therefore, we need to use an innovative way of thinking to design, develop and deliver products. Our SAP engineers and designers used design thinking, Job-to-be-done and other innovative methodologies to guide our entire project. At present, the product has been successfully launched, and we are looking forward to a larger goal to explore a new business model for customers like the Inclusion Factory. This can be a new product development model and new product standards for SAP, and ultimately to create a new business ecology and make greater contributions to the sustainable development goals.

Anniwa Abulizi

SAP Innovations Location lead

“Not too often we get the opportunity to combine Social & Technological Innovation. Imagine the following: a software that plans production while keeping the social and developmental needs of our employees as one of the top considerations of its algorithm. This is truly one of the most amazing cooperations we ever had, and we continue to explore how SAP, as a world leader in software development can further develop the Inclusion Factory as a leading global practice in Inclusion based Technologies!

——Nadav Ben Simon

General Manager, Inclusion Factory

With the help of the SAP team, Taicang Inclusion Factory carried out a great change, the production capacity has been significantly improved, and each employee with disability directly benefits from this technological revolution, which eliminates various barriers and allows the employees to enjoy accessible and comfortable work environment.

 

Thank you SAP China

 

Our Life, Our Decision, Our beauty… Today we are celebrating diversity, fairness and acceptance of people who were born what the society presumes “different”.

In fact, aren’t we all different? The difference between the “so called” regular people and people with Down Syndrome is just one single extra chromosome. This extra chromosome contributes to more happiness than average, to the love of hugging and showing affection, to a lovely appearance and to a unique personality….Let’s celebrate this day in the happiest way possible!

We, at the Inclusion Factory, are lucky to have 4 colleagues with extra chromosomes! Here is to them, to their happy and beautiful self. Happy Down Syndrome Awareness Day to all of us!

 

Jiyiran

Ji Yiran is an adult living with Down syndrome. She lives a happy and worthwhile life, proud of her work and secure in the love of her family. Employed, participating in volunteering activities, engaging in sports and dance, a music lover and a fashionist at heart; those are only a few of Ji Yiran’s talents and interests in life.

JiYiran, also known as Ran Ran, was born 20 years ago in Liuhe town. From a very young age, she had a strong connection to music and fashion. As a child, she used to wear dresses, sing and dance around the house all the time. Music has become a close companion in her life, wherever she goes, she always takes her music along.

Ranran also has a big wardrobe filled with dresses and skirts that she loves to wear in house and out.

Ranran’s in the shoot


After graduating from high school in 2018, Ranran started working at the Inclusion Factory in Taicang, where she works in an automotive production line; she really likes her job and colleagues.

Ranran is working


The only small issue she has is the requirement to wear pants at the work place, a standard safety measure; the first day on the job Ranran came all dressed up, wearing a skirt and the look on her face when she was required to change to pants was priceless!

Ranran’s in the shoot


As her mother told us, the moment Ranran came home from work, the first thing she did, was taking off her work clothes and putting on a dress and then singing and dancing!Of course! Music, this great companion is also present at the Inclusion Factory – Every day during break time, Ran ran puts her headphones on and listens to her favorite music, usually it is TF Boys; and she dances to the beat. She has also been very engaged in morning exercise as it involves the opportunity to dance during work time!
In March 2019, Ranran participated in ‘Designed for Success’ a Fashion Campaign organized by Zurita (a Spanish Fashion brand) in a cooperation with the Inclusion Factory, the aim of this Fashion campaign is showing the world that beauty does not see ability, gender or age; beauty belongs to all!

Besides this great purpose, it was a great opportunity for our Ranran to combine her love for fashion and beauty; the possibility to wear beautiful clothes and to ‘be famous’ were appealing to her.

Ranran’s in the shoot


When the day of the photo shooting arrived, the excitement was in the air, there was a hair designer, a makeup artist and a fashion stylist that made this days pecial for Ranran and the other models.
You have never witnessed happiness if you have not seen Ranran that day: looking at her beautiful self in the mirror, feeling proud and self-confident, and just simply happy!
They say that ‘You go as far as your dreams are…’ and Ranran has some big dreams to fulfill! If we are lucky enough, we might have the chance to see her dancing in some famous show one day or maybe becoming a presenter of a fashion brand, you never know.
What is your impression after reading Ranran’s story? Everyone is welcome to share ideas and leave a comment.

The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China has been a strong advocate of CSR over the past years. This year`s CSR Awards Ceremony brought International and Chinese Business and Organization Leaders, CSR experts, as well as representatives of Government from all over China to Nanjing.

The CSR Awards aim to acknowledge successful projects with CSR value, raise sustainability awareness, and share experience with promoting social corporate responsibility in China.

We are very honored to win the SMEs Award: Excellence in Responsible Innovation, we would also like to express our gratitude to the European Chamber of Commerce for their support and trust.

Our project Mechanical Inclusive Factory was done in cooperation with Flex, where we established a special production line fully operated by people with intellectual disabilities.

Looking back at this project, we have come across many difficulties, but we have always had the same goal: inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities into the mainstream working environment. Slowly, together with Flex we overcame all the difficulties and brought this project to the world.

We believe that having a job is not only offering a salary but also providing hope for people with intellectual disabilities and their families. Thanks to this project, their role from consumers was transferred to contributors to our society.

Now Mechanical Inclusive Factory has been running almost for one year and has already employed 12 people with intellectual disabilities.

By giving us this award today, European Chamber proved that this model has been successful and innovative. Also, we want to say thank you to the Flex team, who decided to do another big step towards inclusion!

We hope that more and more responsible companies will join us on the road to inclusion. We promise you that this inclusion trip will exceed all your expectations.

On September 2nd 2019 Inclusion Factory held 2 important events: the celebration of Inclusion Factory’s 5th Anniversary & The CSR Ceremony 2019, our third one thus far, to express our appreciation and gratitude to all the support we have received along the way.


This year’s CSR ceremony was our biggest one yet. It was our honor to award 13 companies with our CSR awards. We are very thankful for all of your support along this inclusion journey.


In particular, we are grateful for the representatives of the following associations and companies that participated in the ceremony: Taicang High Tech Industrial Development Zone, Taicang Disabled Persons Federation, Taicang Software Park, Taicang Round Table, German Chamber of Commerce, as well as the 13 awardee companies and representatives of European companies from Shanghai and Taicang.

These past 5 years would not have been possible without the strong support from the Taicang High Tech Industrial Development Zone; we are thankful for your open-mindedness and being so accepting of this project. You have not only made Taicang an industry leader but also a leader of diversity and inclusion.

We would also like to express our gratitude to the Taicang Disabled Persons Federation for your support and cooperation from day one; from providing us with training premises, to referring candidates for employment, and bringing numerous visits to the Inclusion Factory.

Last but not least, we would like to thank the German Chamber of Commerce who has treated us like their little sister, and AHK for certifying the Social Inclusion Academy.


In these past 5 years, we have transformed from a sheltered factory of 12 employees and 3 customers: to a factory of nearly 30 employees, 15 customers, 13 staff members, and 20 different projects.

We have also established our Social Inclusion Academy and the Transition Program. In the former, we have trained more Job Coaches, conducted Disability Awareness Seminars, provided Supported Employment Services to companies that wish to hire people with disabilities, and provided Advisory Services to companies that wish to open factories like ours within their operations. In the latter, we have started to provide training to the graduates of the Taicang Special Education School. In May of this year, we also issued our inclusive employment report. (Inclusion at Work: Guidelines forSocial Inclusion in China, which can be read here. )



Our CSR Awards consist of 5 categories: Platinum, Gold, Pearl, Long-Standing Support & Special Recognition.

 

Platinum Award
白金奖


To be receive the Platinum Award, a company has to make monetary or equivalent contributions of 300,000 RMB and above.

This year’s Platinum Award recipient includes:

 

JungleFish | 太极鱼

Mr Yang Vice President ofTaicang Disabled Persons Federation,Mr. Philipp Fries, JungleFish Director Brand Design,our PR model Huang Yun


This year’s Platinum Award went to JungleFish Shanghai in recognition of years of media and public relations (PR) support. We are very grateful for JungleFish for designing our website, brochures, CSR certificates, amongst many other media and PR materials. Their designs have been professional and beautiful. JungleFish has not only proven to be branding magicians but also great supporters of inclusivity and diversity.

 

 

Gold Award
黄金奖


To be receive the Gold Award, a company has to make monetary or equivalent contribution of 100,000 RMB and above.

This year’s Gold Award recipients are:

 

Alfmeier | 艾福迈汽车系统

Mr. Markus Shwartz the GMof Alfmeier, Mr. Thilo Koeppe Chairman of the board and Peng Xin – our leadingoperator for the Alfmeier project.


We met Mr Schwartz, Deputy General Manager of Alfmeier, at a Christmas Party organized by the German Chamber of Commerce. Since then, Alfmeier has shown great commitment to the Inclusion Factory. They have provided us with constant work orders, as well as gifted us a machine from their European operations that has been modified to suit our needs. Since meeting Mr Schwartz, we have produced approximately 20,000 pieces a month for Alfmeier.

 

IN50 Design | 昱华建筑

Mr. Waterson Lim thefounder of In50 Design


Inclusion Factory interior looks as beautiful as it is thanks to in50 Design Beijing. in50 Design Beijing has also kindly designed the second floor of our office, which will begin renovations in a week. This tremendous support from in50 was provided completely free of charge!

Orchisky | 兰天软件

Shelly the GeneralManager of Orchisky,our board member Ms. Jessicar Shen & our computer lover Sheng Zhigang


Orchisky has been our IT supplier for the past 3 years. Not only have they provided technical assistance on an almost daily basis, but have now extended their generosity by providing support to launch a full ERP system tailored specifically to our operations.

 

AdenServices | 埃顿服务

Mr. Derek Xu, East China regional director of Aden services and Mr. EricBreslin, Li Li who controls the daily food distribution to all the employees.


5 years of social innovation could not have been achieved on empty stomachs. For the past 5 years, Aden Services has been responsible for keeping our stomachs full and hearts fueled. Special thanks goes out to our board member Erik Breslein, General Manager of Zollner Electronics, who has financially contributed to part of the resources and services provided by Aden.

 

 

Pearl Award
珍珠奖


To be receive the Pearl Award, a company has to makea monetary or equivalent contribution of 15,000 RMB and above.
This year’s Pearl Award recipients are:

Brose | 博泽汽车部件

Mrs. Jenny Xiang,President of Brose China

Brose has supported Inclusion Factory in two ways: first, they have sponsored our company’s outings, the employees’ music seminars, and our Employee-of-the-Month program; second, they have also started placing orders from us. We are excited to embark on this new journey with a familiar friend!

 

GSN

Mr. Armin Liebler, theGeneral Manager of GSN,our order and organization loving, You Jingfang.


We all know how challenging it is to find a partner that fully understands your needs. It took us 4 and a half years but we eventually found one! Thank you GSN for making Inclusion Factory look like a state-of-the-art factory in such a short period of time!

HoffmannGroup | 霍夫曼集团

Dr. Christian Kober,Hoffmann group Senior Vice President Asia,Yu Ziheng, our production assistant who makes use of the donated tools ona daily basis.


Our continued effort to making Inclusion Factory a top-quality supplier cannot be done without using the best tools in the market. We are grateful for Hoffman Group’s generous donation. We would not be where we are today without your high-quality tools!

Every year our company participates in the Taicang Oktoberfest. Our participation would not have been possible without the support of the following organizations and companies. First, we would like to thank TRTs for their generous invitation. Next, we would also like to thank the companies listed below that have supported us by providing booth services and media coverage during Taicang Oktoberfest over the past three years. We would like to especially thank you this year for further supporting us with a monetary donation.

Four Points by Sheraton Taicang
太仓宝龙福朋喜来登酒店

 

HMDMedia & Advertising
太仓市好麦迪广告传媒有限公司

MigrantCulture
候鸟有礼

 

Long Standing Award
长期支持奖


The Long-Standing Award honors companies that have supported us over an extended period of time. The recipients are:

Waelzholz | 威尔斯

Mr Li Financial Managerof Waelzholz , Lu Chunxiao & Chen Xiaofeng who have been with us from dayone


When we established the Inclusion Factory, we knew we wanted to create a meaningful brand. In addition to JungleFish, Waelholz have been key in providing us with the financial support to create our brand and share our stories. Thank you Waelzholz not just for the past three years of media and branding support, but also showing us that there are numerus ways to support our cause–all you need is the will to do so.

 

Special Contribution Award
特殊贡献奖

 

Zurita Madrid

Monica, the owner ofZurita Madrid ,our models Ji Yiran & her motherPeng Haiying. Sun Xiaoli, Yang yanping, Chen Shiqi and Huang Yun to the stage.


Our final award is a special one. We are deeply committed to promoting the inclusion and equality of people with disabilities. This year, we partnered up with Zurita Madrid, a sustainable fashion brand based in Shanghai, to further promote diversity and beauty amongst people with disabilities.

Zurita initiated a fashion campaign titled “Designed for Success”: an inclusive fashion campaign that featured 5 of our beautiful employees. Photos taken for the campaign were featured in an exhibition in Shanghai and the campaign’s video has received over 10,000 views: reminding more and more people that beauty belongs to all!

 


Thank you once again to all our partners, our hardworking employees and fellow parents for your support. You are our strength and motivation to go farther and farther!


No matter where you came from: to all of our many dear friends, you are the reason for our growth and progress.’ This goes out to all of you!

 

On July 11th, two interns who participated in Inclusive Employment Transition Program funded by Mubea Help Foundation have just successfully accomplished their internship. Both students who come from Taicang Special Education School spent one semester at Inclusion Factory – making transition from young students finishing their studies into productive staff members. We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Mubea Help Foundation and and Taicang Special School for their support.

Job Coach giving graduation certificates to the graduates

The aim of Inclusive Employment Transition Program is to give the students possibility to do a 6 month internship before they officially leave their school. With help of professional vocational training they get better adapted to the workplace environment. In short, Transition program helps students to get better integrated into society after they graduate from school.

At the end of the program, successful graduates can directly join Inclusion Factory and stay on full-time employment.

Signing work contract

Inclusion Factory cooperated with Mubea Help Foundation and with Taicang Special Education School. Our aim is to to build a system where students from special education school come to work at Inclusion Factory and then enter a main-stream enterprise. Diversity and inclusion have been in focus of Mubea since long time, they have actively undertaken CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) and have assisted in organization development and community construction.

On the evening of May 30th, Taicang Inclusion Factory was honored to become winner of the “More than a Market Awards” for outstanding efforts in social engagement. After being the winner in 2016, Inclusion Factory won this year again with their project “Inclusion Advisory”.

Inclusion Factory has been engaged in facilitating the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities into society through vocational training and meaningful employment. In 2018, the company launched the Inclusion Advisory with the aim to provide professional support to enterprises that are seeking to employ people with intellectual disabilities in their operations.

Flex, one of the world top 500 electronics manufacturer, was the first to heed the call. In 2018, Flex decided to venture even further. After an intensive cooperation with the Taicang Inclusion Advisory, the two partners created Flex’s Mechanical Inclusive Factory; currently hiring 10 people with intellectual disabilities working in a production line. After having received “More than a Market Award”, the Inclusion Advisory hopes to further promote its model of inclusive employment into companies around China. We hope that even more people with intellectual disabilities could benefit from it and find a meaningful employment.

Flex Zhuhai is by far the most inclusive company we know of in China, within a workforce of above 40,000 employees in Zhuhai Guangdong, they hire over 500 (!) employees with physical and hearing impairments included equally and respectfully throughout their operation.

Wanting to take the next step of Inclusion, Flex together with the Inclusion Factory have established the Flex Inclusion Factory! An internal workshop within Flex’s, operated solely by people with intellectual disabilities to which production lines can “outsource” assembly tasks. Together, in a unique project (arguably done for the first time China-wide), and which spread over a time period of 6 months, Flex became a true role model for the Inclusion of People with Intellectual Disabilities into the society, through meaningful employment, high quality vocational training & most notably – offering equal opportunities to those who deserve them!

We wish to take this opportunity to thank Flex’s amazing, open-minded team; from the top management all the way to the last operator – for their willingness to accept, support and contribute towards a more equal and inclusive society!

The inclusion Factory is proud to announce that we were officially certified as a training center by AHK Shanghai and Imove Germany for the certification of Job Coaches

For more details, visit our Social Inclusion Academy website