Advancing workers with disabilities
ITW’s commitment to talent development includes fostering and capitalizing on a diverse workforce. This includes supporting the career development of workers with disabilities.
In France, the law requires companies with a workforce of more than 20 people to hire a minimum of 6 percent disabled workers. For more than 20 years, ITW’s SPIT business in France, which specializes in the manufacturing of concrete and steel fasteners, has gone above and beyond this requirement. Through the Establishment and Service Support through Work (ESAT), SPIT France currently employs 120 people with deafness, epilepsy, autism and other disabilities in both part-time and full-time positions. SPIT France provides an adapted work environment in which qualified educational supervisors demonstrate and explain the necessary tasks for specific jobs in assembly, packaging, product marking and marketing.
“We are dedicated to helping all colleagues progress in their careers, and the career development of team members with disabilities is a priority,” said Myriam Reymond, employment coordinator at SPIT France. “Working together, we have created an environment here that gives all of us the opportunity to succeed. The program specifically helps our colleagues with disabilities excel with their education, advance in their careers, develop business skills and gain social autonomy.”