Making Innovation More Inclusive– European Chamber of Commerce Awarded us CSR Award

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.

2019 CSR Ceremony

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!

Transition from School to Company

 

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.

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Inclusion Factory wins “More Than a Market” Award, again!

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.

Ground Breaking Inclusion in Flex Zhuhai

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, a certified center by AHK Shanghai and Imove Germany

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 

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2017 CSR Awards!

Inclusion Factory’s 2017 Corporate Social Responsibility Awards were awarded on March 30th.
The ceremony was held with the participation of Mr. Chen YongZhong, Chairman of Taicang Disabled Persons Federation, awarded companies representatives and the Inclusion board of Directors:
The 2017 awards were given to:

 

Schaeffler

for their outstanding support as the Inclusion Factory biggest customer in 2017!


Waelzholz
It is the second year in which Waelzholz are supporting the Inclusion Factory by covering our cost for PR and design service. (photo)

HA-BE
Second year that HA-BE is covering Inclusion Factory’s need for IT service, by sponsoring the service agreement with our IT supplier. In addition, HA-BE is also supporting us with special design and manufacturing of production fixtures.

 

 

Interested to know how can your company support and benefit from our CSR packages?
See more info here: How to become a partner?

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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!

Industry 3.5 at Inclusion Factory

While having a very similar agenda as the Industry 4.0 concept:

  • increasing efficiency, quality and flexibility
  • raising the skill level of workers
  • assuring safer and more attractive workplaces
  • reducing costs
  • allowing quick reaction on demand changes
  • providing traceability

The methodology of Industry 3.5 significantly differs from Industry 4.0 in its core element: The core of Industry 4.0 is the CPS … the Cyber-Physical System monitoring physical processes, creating a virtual copy of the physical world and making decentralized decisions possible.

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