We chose December 3rd, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, to hold Inclusion Factory’s annual CSR Award Ceremony and to thank our partners & supporters for their contribution in promoting the employment of people with intellectual disabilities.

The Taicang government, Taicang Disabled Persons Federation, the Taicang Round Table member companies,our employees’ parents & family members, and many companies and individuals who are concerned about the employment of people with disability gathered here.

2020 is the destination year for China to build a moderately prosperous society in an all-round way.  Adhering to the “no person with disability will be left behind” principle, here at the Inclusion Factory we are supporting this cause by using employment as a tool for rehabilitation and equal participation, for a prosperous, harmoneous and fair society.

Taicang High Tech Industrial Development Zone have been supporting us and promoting the concept of inclusive cities, with your support, Taicang will not only become a civilized city but also an inclusive model for the rest of China.

Welcoming speech from Mr. Wang Hongxing, standing committee member of Taicang municipal party committee and party secretary of the Taicang High Tech Industrial Development Zone

 

2020 has been challenging for the economy and the society as a whole, and still have had some great achievements this year:

We expanded our operation in terms of space. We have built a second floor, in terms of customers & orders, and in terms of headcount, today we are 51 people in total, 52 as from next Monday.

We have established a cooperation with Loreal and Hengsheng Logistics – helping them to create an inclusive line inside their warehouse in Suzhou, Loreal will start by hiring 12 people with intellectual disabilities;

This year we are honored to grant 17 different companies with our CSR award to express our gratitude and appreciation for their trust & support. The award consists of 5 different categories: Project partners, Gold, Pearl, Long standing supporters & Outstanding Contribution Award. All awards will be granted by our dear employees.

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION AWARD

 

HUBER+SUHNER

 

OASE Living Water

 

Mobil Data

 

Zollner Electronic

 

IMS Gear

 

This year’s Outstanding Contribution Award was awarded to our 5 board members.

5 people who are the backbone of this beautiful project. 5 people who believed it is possible before the first step was even taken.

 

Thilo KOEPPE, HUBER+SUHNER Managing Director North Asia & Inclusion Factory’s chairman of the board, the man with the vision and the endless enthusiasm to make the Inclusion Factory bigger & bigger. His crazy, adventurous ideas which we were able to make a reality.

 

Ms. Jesicar Shen, the General Manager of OASE Living Water, our lady for the special missions-able to solve all the impossible bureaucratic hurdles; the woman who can change every red light into green.

 

Mr. Dietmar Schenk, the General Manager of Mobil Data  is the technical brain behind the Inclusion Factory, the person who took it as his personal challenge to exemplify that smart technology is a key factor in enabling inclusion of people with disabilities. A man who is innovative enough to create technological solutions that make the work here simple, accessible, error-proof and efficient for our employees.

 

If we ever needed something, never mind what or when, Mr. Erik Breslein, the General Manager of Zollner Electronics has always been there for the Inclusion Factory, from feeding all of us with his catering services, donation of equipment and supporting us  with technical skills; and most importantly always making sure to spread the word about us.

 

IMS have been our second family for the past few years, providing us with production orders, supporting us with professional mentoring, engineering solutions, legal advisory; their facility team comes here every week to help us with maintenance & of course, they hire people with disabilities in administration positions & in production, 2 years ago they took a big step forward by hiring one of our employees.

Steve Hwang the Vice President of IMS Gear is represented by Andreas Gotz, Vice President of IMS Gear.

 

 

PROJECT PARTNERs

 

Xuntang

 

 

Xuntang and their group of companies have been supporting the Inclusion Factory for the past few years, providing us with recruitment support & logistics.

And recently they have shown their trust and commitment towards the Inclusion Factory by signing our second term support contract with our funding stakeholder from Germany – KFW DEG. By signing this contract, Xuntang guarantees Inclusion Factory’s future for the years to come.

Mr. Jason Chen,Vice President of Xuntang; The Award was presented by Chen Shiqi

 

 

Taicang Software Park

 

 

Taicang Software Park has been our home for the past 5 years & a loyal partner from day one. They have been supporting our unique mission, supporting our expansion plans and have been a cooperative ally for our different requests during all these years.

Mr. Gong Zhigang, the General Manager of the Taicang software park. The Award was presented by Sun Xiaoli

 

 

LONG STANDING SUPPORTER

 

E.G.O. Components

 

 

E.G.O has been our first customer & 5 years later is still our biggest and most stable one; entrusting us with 3 different projects, those projects altogether provide stable, high volume workload for 10 employees.

Mr. Andreas Hornfischer, General Manager of EGO; The Award was presented by Pengxin

 

 

Mubea Automotive Components

 

 

Mubea is not only being our customer for the past 4 years, but also constantly trying to develop us as their supplier – supporting us with machinery solutions, helping us to improve our production processes, sponsoring our training room.

For the past 2 years, Mubea sponsor our unique transition program for the graduates of the Taicang Special Education school; this program allows a smooth integration of the graduates from school life to the work environment.

Mr. Dietmar Hunecke, Managing Director of Mubea China. The Award was presented by the graduates of our Transition Program: Ji Yiran, Xu Xiao, Su Xiaochun, Kang Naixin and Jiang Liren

 

 

GOLD PARTNERS

 

Brose Taicang Automotive Systems

 

 

Brose is always seeking how to strengthen their engagement in our company, what started with sponsoring leisure activities and employee efficiency program, later developed into outsourcing 2 big volume projects to our operation & sponsoring our employee leisure room.

Mr. Harley Yu, General Manager of Brose; The Award was presented by Guan Xiaochu

 

 

STAUFEN

 

 

One of our initial goals was to have the Inclusion Factory ISO certified, yet in 2015 such task was way over our expertise and this is where Staufen came into the picture; they sent their most senior consultant on a weekly basis to the Inclusion Factory to help us set up a quality management system, that even our biggest automotive customers are super impressed by.

Their support doesn’t end here, it has been extended also to Financial controlling & Lean management training of our personnel.

Ms. Shuyang Chen, representing STAUFEN.SHANGHAI; The Award was presented by Yang Yanping.

 

 

DEKRA Certification

 

 

Speaking of quality management systems, those systems also should be audited , the higher and stricter the audit is, the better the operation will work. and of course, wanting to be audited by the best, you go to Dekra.

Since 2017, Dekra has been helping the inclusion factory to establish a high standard & professional, Quality Management System.

Mr. Paulson Wei, General Manager of Dekra; The Award was presented by You Jingfang.

 

 

Mann + Hummel

 

 

Since meeting at GCC Christmas party, MANN HUMMEL management were continuously seeking for ways for cooperation with the IF, together we have identified a key component in Mann + Hummel production line which was outsourced to the IF, and this product provides stable continues employment to 7 of Inclusion Factory employees.

Mr. Xu Jie, Mann + Hummel  Vice President & Managing Director China,and the Tang Qingyi, who is a part of the team that is responsible for the Mann-Hummel project.

 

 

BOS Automotive Systems

 

 

Now, some companies are extremely persistent in outsourcing work to the IF, even though it has been difficult to find opportunities in their lean production lines, and even though the approval process might be hard and challenging, BOS has succeeded in doing so and are constantly finding more and more outsourcing opportunities to the Inclusion Factory.

Mr. Cheng Zhangquan, BOS Vice President of Finance Asia Pacific; The Award was presented by Xie Yun’ao.

 

 

TRUMPF China

 

 

They say, When THERE IS A WILL THERE IS WAY… and Trumpf exemplifies exactly that, despite the fact that due to the nature of their operation, they cannot outsource projects to us, they found various ways to support: providing us with working clothes & shoes, logistic services, ISO & 5s coaching for our team  & last but not the least, hiring people with disabilities.

Dr. Yang Gang, General manager of Trumpf; The Award was presented by Zhang Panqing.

 

 

PEARL PARTNERS

 

SCHAEFFLER SONDERMASCHINENBAU

 

 

In the past few years, Schaeffler has been a great & stable customer; all of our employees like to do the Schaeffler projects.

And now, Schaeffler have further strengthened their contribution to the Inclusion Factory, their technical department sondermaschinenbau, helps us to further improve our operation.

Mr. Zeng Yaodong, Senior Director of SMB China; The Award was presented by Liu Jinjin.

 

 

Siemens Manufacturing and Engineering Centre

 

 

In Germany, wire-harnesses are the “key” product in factories like ours. Siemens manufacturing & engineering center in Shanghai Baoshan are the perfect customer for that purpose.

When we approached them, we felt warmly welcomed, and for a company like Siemens, we can only imagine the complexity of introducing a new customer,

And we are a proud Siemens supplier two years later.

Mr. Kai Pantel, CFO of Siemens Manufacturing & Engineering. Yin Zhi, who is one of the leading employees to produce the Siemens project.

The parents of our employee  gave a speech

A representative of our employees gave a speech

We wish to take this opportunity, and say thank you again, on behalf of the entire Inclusion Factory, the employees, their family members, and People with Disabilities as a whole.

Your support proves that inclusion can be done in a professional, high standard way, and that when we work together, we achieve truly wonderful things!

By supporting the Inclusion Factory, you support dreams, aspirations & each persons’ right for employment.

Waiting for your company to join us in 2021!

Brainstorming Session
Many companies have been striving to promote CSR values in their teams, however road to inclusion is not an easy process, because it requires all your team to be on board and literally change the mindset of your organization. Disability Awareness Workshop can be a great beginning for your inclusive journey! It makes your team get out of their comfort zones, challenge their deep-rooted thoughts and it helps create a base for a new inclusive mindset of your organization.

Brainstorming Session


In August and September, we have delivered 3 training sessions for IMS Gear and BASF teams in both Chinese and English. BASF chose their first Disability Awareness Workshop as their Team building activity, yet one with special added value! While IMS Gear has decided to continue their Disability Awareness Workshop tradition and keep building disability equality awareness among new members of their company.

Hands on experience

Comments from other participants

“Such a high-quality participatory workshop, learned so many things about my own bias & prejudice, the cycle of fear we all encounter in different aspects of life.”

“I could have never imagined that there are so many people with disabilities in China, and that people with employment are so little. Seeing people with disabilities at work is very rare. I am thinking where are all those people? Where did they go? We definitely need to work hard on the company level to promote inclusion of people with disabilities.”

“Patience, equality, inclusion are the most important intakes from this workshop. I will try to set up an inclusive team at my workplace.“


More Disability Awareness Workshops are coming in September! If you are wondering, how to challenge your team`s way of thinking? Or how to bring spritis of inclusion and solidarity into your teams? Get in contact and we will tell you more! We can tailor a workshop to your needs and ensure that your team will learn and enjoy this experince!

Disability Awareness Workshop

Disability Awareness Workshop is very interactive one-day training aimed at getting awareness about disability issues. Developed in Ireland in the early 1990s, Disability Awareness Workshop is now used by many UN agencies, MNCs, INGOs and others throughout the world. It makes your team brainstorm, share their ideas and reflect on some common (mis)conceptions we usually have about differently-abled people in our society.

Recommended Participants: Company’s Top & Middle Management, Production Line Leaders, CSR managers, Social workers in the disability field
Ideal number of participants: 8 – 20
Training venue: Inclusion Factory or your company
Languages: Chinese, English or bilingual
Duration: one day or 2 half-days

For more details, please click here .

 

After a month of intense workshops, lectures and practice in the production line, graduates of our Social Inclusion Academy are ready to implement newly acquired knowledge and test different practices back at their home organizations in Tianjin and Shenzhen.

Scholarship for participants from local NGOs

This year we diversified participants of our SIA program.Apart from students from our long-term project partner – Nanjing Normal University of Special Education, we decided to offer a special scholarship to participants from local NGOs. It was very hard to choose the right participants, because we had received numerous applications from motivated candidates from all over China. After several rounds of interviews, we decided to offer scholarships to Ms Ma Yan from Star’s Dream Public Service Centre and Ms Qin Yingying from Shenzhen Autism Society. SIA offered them a platform for exchanging ideas, reflecting on different practices in the field of employment of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and getting inspiration from experts from different fields for their future life and work . After a month of intense training, they are ready to keep promoting inclusive employment of people with disabilities in their home organizations.

Interactive classes at newly designed training spaces of Inclusion Factory

Brainstorming session

Systematic course with well-balanced theory and practice

SIA program is a systematic training composed of seven different modules, covering topics from Employment Models, Assessment Methods, Legal Aspect of Employment of people with disabilities to basic understanding of production environment, including Quality Management and Reasonable Accommodations in the Workplace.

The training takes place in Inclusion Factory, which offers a unique chance to test newly acquired knowledge right on the spot. It sounds easy to say that we all should treat people with disabilities equally or that we should communicate in a respectful way, but how to do it? After several lectures about Disability Awareness, Effective Communication Strategies or Training tools, our participants had a chance to test their knowledge straight away in a real life-environment of our company. Apart from passing the final exam, SIA participants had to accomplish several practical tasks – designing and facilitating group training, preparing working schedule for the next day, training new projects to our employees and so on. We believe that the best way to learn is by doing – not only when it comes to teaching our employees, but also our SIA students.

Group training for our employees about social etiquette

Practice in the production line

New modules and new partners

To help our participants to get a better understanding of our company`s operations and overall structure, we decided to add a whole new module about social entrepreneurship – concept that is relatively new to many Chinese people working in the third sector. We invited Jill Tang to introduce the concept of social entrepreneurship and share her own experience as a social entrepreneur. After getting an insight into social entrepreneurship, SAP team helped our participants to step out of a charity model and think of differentstrategies to restructure their own organization using a business model. Jungle Fish team gave us a glimpse into the secrets of company`s branding, and Flex team shared with our participants why CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) should be seen as an important value for the companies.

SAP team after a brainstorming session


Jill Tang`s lecture about social entrepreneurship

Feedback from our participants:

This month’s training gave me a much better understanding of people with intellectual disabilities and formed an overall framework for their employment. SIA`s curriculum is very comprehensive, with topics ranging from understanding people with intellectual disabilities, disability awareness, teaching methods used at (work) training, employment of people with disabilities, production-related issues, establishment of sheltered workshop (social enterprise) to practical lessons. All lectures are well-linked together, getting deep in content. I found especially useful strategies to support the work of people with disabilities – positive behavior support, behavior management, effective communication, employee motivation, teaching methods, work training, personal development plans, etc. On the other hand, lectures like establishment of sheltered workshop, taking production orders, quality management, every-day operations and other aspects of management gave us many opportunities for learning and discussions. This training was really great, I had a chance to be in contact with every single employee. Being able to support the employees at work made me very happy. I hope to keep in contact with Inclusion Factory and have a chance to come for a second round of training.

Qin Yingying, Shenzhen Autism Society

 

SIA training was short but very meaningful. The systematic course covered topics like understanding of people with intellectual disabilities, employment, management and establishment of sheltered workshop and strategies to help people with disabilities achieve supported employment. Professional lectures shared their own experience and various practical examples, I am looking forward to having the opportunity to come to Inclusion Factory again and keep studying.

Ma Yan, Tianjin Star’s Dream Public Service Centre

Having fun withour employees.


We are grateful to all our project partners for their support!

 

就业辅导员学院 Social Inclusion Academy

SIA is based on the German Lebenshilfe model complemented with accumulated experience of Inclusion Factory. It is certified by Vocational Training Department of AHK (Delegations of German Industry and Commerce). In four years of its existence 15 Job Coaches have been successfully trained, after graduation, participants keep promoting inclusive employment of people with disabilities.

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.

Our mission at Inclusion Factory is inclusion of people with disabilities into society; our team as a whole, also has to strive to create a diverse and inclusive environment for all our staff members. We are all different in terms of abilities, skills, countries and the provinces we come from; we have different educational and career background, we vary in age, gender and marital status among other differences.

Our team has significantly grown in the past few years. Now, we are already a team of 44 people! As our team has grown bigger, and we all focus on our own daily tasks, we don′t have time to reflect what it means for us as a team to work together towards our mission of promoting inclusion in China.

 

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ICUnet helps capitalize on culture. ICUnet provide training, coaching, consulting and facilitation. Our customized portfolio includes localization of corporate culture programs, strategic workshops for global project roll outs, leadership skills for culturally diverse teams and overseas assignment training for hundreds of executives. We are a German, family owned business and our current Asia-Pacific clients include: Geely, BMW, Daimler, BASF, Beiersdorf, C-Trip, Siemens, Neusoft.

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!

Thank You for all the Support!

Due to the success of our previous Disability Equality Training and to the constant inquiries by companies, we are happy to announce that the next workshop will be conducted on April 16th -17th.

There is a possibility to conduct a custom made separate training for HR managers, production employees etc.

Below are some of the GREAT feedback received from the participants – as we promised, it is a mindset changing experience which exposes Managers for a whole new set of ideas and concepts!
Please register well ahead as the number of participants are limited.
Please open the link in browser and register:
http://inclusion-advisory.com/event-registration/
See you on April 16th to 17th in our next training!

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It was a great honor to be invited by thinkINchina to present the Inclusion Factory and to discuss ways to reduce Inequality in our society. I had the pleasure to share this panel with Professor Klaus Leisinger, Maggie Sun from Handicap International and with Wu Di from Easy Inclusion. Thank you thinkINchina for bringing so many people together for a collective brain storming on ways we as individuals can contribute for better life for all.

www.thinkinchina.asia