Our achievement: More than 300 jobs for people with disabilities
"As a non-profit organisation, we measure our social, economic and environmental successes equally. Financial surpluses are completely reinvested in our company to create inclusive jobs and make IT remarketing even more sustainable. In the long term, we want to create 500 jobs for people with disabilities. We are therefore particularly pleased that we came a big step closer to this goal last year, despite Corona. We have more than 300 employees with severe disabilities and have thus already reached more than halfway to our goal."
Daniel Büchle, AfB Managing Director
Non-profit Inclusion Company - Added Value Included!
What are inclusion companies? How do they differ from sheltered workshops? What are the advantages of a partnership with an inclusion company? You can find out more here.
Inclusion companies fulfil a very important social mandate and thus assume a special social responsibility: they undertake to fill between 30% and 50% of their jobs with particularly affected severely disabled people according to § 215 SGB IX. Inclusion companies thus realise inclusive and equal participation in the general labor market for severely disabled people with a special need for support.
AfB is a wholly owned subsidiary of i500 gAG. The common goal: to provide 500 people with disabilities throughout Europe with jobs that are subject to social insurance contributions. Currently, around 45% of the 500 AfB employees are severely disabled.
AfB has already received several awards for its inclusive business model, including the award "European Social Firm of the Year 2020".
Generally, non-profit status refers to an activity that serves the public good in its effect (according to Section 52 of the German Tax Code). It is essentially defined by tax law. The charitable activity must be directly, unrestrictedly and permanently directed towards the common good and may only be carried out in a disinterested manner.
"No one may be disadvantaged because of his or her disability," states Article 3 (3) of the Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany. According to the Federal Statistical Office, there are 7.8 million severely disabled people living in Germany (source: destatis, 2017). Inclusion companies ensure the professional participation of men with disabilities. Every partnership with a company helps to achieve this.
By reducing inequalities and promoting inclusive and self-determined lives for people with disabilities, our partners contribute to the achievement of the so-called global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in cooperation with AfB. The SDGs were adopted by the United Nations and apply to all 193 member states.
Sheltered workshops are designed to help people with disabilities find their way into the world of work or to enable them to integrate into the workforce. The working conditions in many sheltered workshops are significantly worse for the employees, for example because the minimum wage regulation does not apply there. Jobs in sheltered workshops are also not subject to social insurance contributions. A step from the workshop to the primary labor market is often associated with a number of hurdles.
An inclusion company, on the other hand, is an (almost) normal company that offers jobs with social insurance for people with and without disabilities on the primary labor market. There are no distinctions in working conditions. However, a performance that is close to the general labor market is required, as inclusion companies have to compete in the market.
AfB is a family-owned, non-profit inclusion company. Almost half of our employees are people with disabilities. As of March 2022, 290 out of 600 employees are. This particular business model has benefits for our IT partners, our team and society. Public institutions can commission inclusion companies by direct award according to §118 GWB.
Are you interested in a career in an inclusion company? Take a look at our job advertisements here.
Fragen und Antworten für die Bewerbung
There are many good reasons to work in an inclusive company. Companies that have adapted to employing people with and without disabilities often score with good working conditions. These result from:
- The company's social commitment and strong value orientation
- The diversity of the team
- Awareness of individual strengths and needs for support
- The focus on health management
- The barrier-free workplaces
In general, everyone can work in an inclusive company. What expertise, experience or skills are sought depends on the advertised vacancy. If you have any questions about a specific job advertisement, please get in touch, for example by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The salary depends on the position and the sector in which you work. You receive the usual or collectively agreed wage for this or negotiate the payment with the company. In this respect, too, inclusive companies are no different from other companies.
Inclusion companies are specialised in the employment of people with disabilities due to their inclusion-oriented structures. AfB enjoys working very closely with many sheltered workshops, so that internships are repeatedly arranged, which often lead to employment.