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We appologize that this news entry is only available in Chinese at the moment.
On July 12th, 2021, Inclusion Factory, Suzhou Easy Trans Logistics Co., Ltd., and Fangben Law Office held a strategic cooperation signing ceremony in Taicang.
Representatives of Suzhou Easy Trans Logistics Co., Ltd. and Fangben Law Office joined a factory tour led by Jianhe Chen, production manager of Inclusion Factory. Mr Chen introduced the factory’s development history, accessibility facilities and equipment as well as the operating model.
Suzhou Easy Trans Logistics Co., Ltd. is a company that provides third-party logistics and large-scale equipment lifting and transportation to manufacturers. The company was established in 2004 and has become a comprehensive logistics service provider. At present, they have evolved into a comprehensive logistics service provider with highway transportation as the mainstay and large equipment hoisting and transportation as the development direction.
▲On the left: Junjie Yang, Deputy General Manager of Suzhou Easy Trans Logistics Co., Ltd.
On the right: Nadav Ben Simon, General Manager of Inclusion Factory
Signing this contract means that Suzhou Easy Trans Logistics Co., Ltd. will provide professional logistics services for the Inclusion Factory. They will help us fulfil our commitment of punctuality and accuracy by safely and quickly transporting the goods to every customer.
Fangben Law Office was established in 1999 by a group of senior lawyers, professional legal personnel and law professors with many years of practice experience. They have developed into a law firm focused on providing comprehensive commercial and dispute resolution legal services.
▲On the left: Chunqing Jin, Chief Partner of Fangben Law Office
On the right: Nadav Ben Simon, General Manager of Inclusion Factory
Legal risk prevention is the baseline for the healthy development of enterprises.Fangben Law Office will provide free professional legal advisory services to the Inclusion Factory to help it run sustainably and robustly in areas including day-to-day operation, major affairs decision-making, contract and document review, drafting and modification.
Special thanks to Suzhou Easy Trans Logistics Co., Ltd. and Fang Ben Law Firm for their trust and support to the Inclusion Factory. In the coming days, we look forward to working together and facilitating the inclusive employment of people with intellectual disabilities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Schaeffler employees are doing a presentation about their company
Schaeffler is a partner of many companies in the automobile manufacturing industry, its main focus is on engines, transmissions and chassis systems. On average, about 60 parts of every single car in the world were made in Schaeffler.
Schaeffler is not only a leader in advanced technology but also a role model for a sustainable supply chain. One of the ways to prove this is by purchasing services from social enterprises and thus supporting people with disabilities to obtain equal employment rights. Schaeffler outsources some simple parts to Inclusion Factory for processing, giving this complex supply chain a much bigger social value. If factories like Schaeffler didn`t have a sense of corporate social responsibility, 31 employees with intellectual disabilities in Inclusion Factory would not be able to get employment.
Thomas Maurischat，Global BU leader of Wheel Modules
I was already introduced to “Lebenshilfe Offenburg” as a young engineer in Germany. I visited their facilities that supported our production plant and was very impressed by how many innovative, yet simple processes were created to ensure everything worked well, in line with our production needs. Then a few years ago, I found out that such facilities and needs existed in Taicang as well. Our Schaeffler team visited Inclusion Factory and we agreed to give it a try. It proved to be the right decision and we have been in close cooperation ever since.
The Inclusion Factory helped us by taking over some of our own workload, which allowed us to focus on more complex tasks at hand. Quality was never an issue. Inclusion Factory has been fully compliant with our supplier requirements and offered excellent services throughout.
It makes me happy to see that we can receive such services, while being able to give back to the society and offer real jobs to individuals with special needs. This follows our commitment towards corporate social responsibility and gives our team the personal satisfaction of being able to make a difference in people’s lives and our community.
The year 2020 is quite a challenging one for us all. And although the global economy is experiencing a recession, many companies engage in social projects as they keep promoting meaningful Corporate Social Responsibility strategies. In the Inclusion Factory case, things are not different; we are honored to welcome new supporters into our network. Together, we further promote the inclusion of people with Intellectual Disabilities in our society.
Brose has been promoted from Pearl level partnership to Gold level, slowly and steadily becoming one of the inclusion Factory`s biggest customers!
The best way to support us is by providing us with work orders! Products that are outsourced to the Inclusion Factory lead to further employment of People with Disabilities and therefore bring a meaningful change into their lives. Brose has been helping us doing so at an ever-growing rate.
Schaeffler Special Machine Builder supported technological innovation at the Inclusion Factory. Shaeffler’s team upgraded our production equipment while extending its service life, which resulted in a significant improvement in production efficiency and quality stability.
A long-lasting partnership that has reignited recently!
Staufen is supporting the Inclusion Factory with staff management and Lean operation guidance! Our partner for operational excellence.
Our ultimate goal is to provide people with Intellectual Disabilities with decent employment.
To be able to reach this goal, we have been exploring different assistive tools and devices that can further enhance the working abilities of our employees. One key component in this path is to be able to prepare our own assistive tools and fixtures.
We are very grateful to Wiiboox 3D Printers, who sponsored a high-quality industrial 3D printer. Wiiboox moto is “Realize Your Big Ideas,” a very matching phrase to the potential role technology can have in the Inclusion of People with Disabilities into the workforce!
How often do we encounter people with disabilities in our daily lives?
And how often do we give them a place in our companies?
As we wanted to convey this message in a simple, easy-to-understand, and eye-catching way, we asked help from a global expert: Simpleshow. Check out this 3-minute video that Simplshow has done for our Inclusion Advisory service.
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!
This video is supported by siimpleshow
simpleshow believe that a word without knowledge boundaries is a better place to work and live. Therefore simpleshow create explanations, which enable everyone to understand anything. How? simpleshow explain complex topics in a short, simple and entertaining way.
“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.
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.
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
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.
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!
ECOVIS Ruide China represents the ECOVIS Group in China and supports The Inclusion Factory with a wide range of services in accounting, financial management and auditing. We are particularly grateful to Mr. Jay Su and the whole ECOVIS Ruide China team for their dedication and hands-on commitment to help creating and implementing an efficient and transparent financial strategy for The Inclusion Factory project.
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:
for their outstanding support as the Inclusion Factory biggest customer in 2017!
It is the second year in which Waelzholz are supporting the Inclusion Factory by covering our cost for PR and design service. (photo)
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.
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Financially supported by KFW DEG
KFW DEG (Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH) finances private sector investments in developing countries in accordance with the economic cooperation and development policies of the Federal Republic of Germany. DEG financially supports the Inclusion Factory in recognition of our social mission.