Mercedes-Benz has maintained a partnership with the GWW charitable workshops and residential facilities in Sindelfingen for more than 40 years. People with disabilities produce parts and components for the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, for example.
The ongoing partnership between GWW and Mercedes-Benz dates back to the 1970s. Back then the workers made key pouches. Other products were added in the years that followed. Since the start of 2016 the workers have produced spoilers, floor mats, D-pillar paneling and luggage compartment covers for the Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan/estate. The orders from Daimler provide jobs for a total of 200 people with disabilities in the workshops.
There is no need for customers to be concerned about quality. "The GWW employees have successfully mastered the production of parts for the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class with the established standard of Mercedes-Benz quality," said Klaus Zehender, member of the Divisional Board Mercedes-Benz Cars, Procurement and Supplier Quality. "This is confirmation of the expertise that the employees of the workshops have gained after many years of working together."
The GWW employees have successfully mastered the production of parts for the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class with the established standard of Mercedes-Benz quality"
The joy of working together is mutual. "Working with Mercedes-Benz promotes sustainable and flexible jobs. It makes our employees proud to work for the automobile industry and such a renowned manufacturer," said Andrea Stratmann, CEO of GWW.
People with disabilities play an important role for Daimler. Inclusion does not end at the factory gates but rather continues throughout the value added chain.Daimler employs a total of 8,800 people with disabilities in Germany. This is more than six percent of the total workforce, which is above the minimum threshold required by law.