Hannoversche Werkstätten gem. GmbH

Legal/financial exclusion
Positive impacts
Hannoversche Werkstätten make a great contribution towards achieving  social and financial inclusion for people with disabilities. An important legislative basis of the WfbM is the Workshops Directive (Werkstättenverordnung, WVO) in Appendix 18 of the SGB IX. It describes the tasks and obligations of the WfbM in more detail, i.a.:

“The workshop must be run on sound managerial principles.[...]”

“The workshop must strive for economic results in order to be able to pay those disabled people employed in its working area a remuneration appropriate to their productivity, as defined by § 136 para. 1 clause 2 and § 138 of the SGB IX.”

Creation/conservation of local employment
Positive impacts            
The institution currently employs roughly 1,000 people in the workshops and about 250 members of staff for group supervision, specialist services and administration. In a workshop for the disabled one generally finds at work: ca. 70–80% mentally handicapped people, and ca. 10–20% emotionally disturbed people.
In addition, there are also people with severe and multiple disabilities, physically disabled people and people with learning difficulties, provided they cannot be offered better support elsewhere.

Adaptation to new realities
Positive impacts

Cross sectoral working
Positive impacts            
Covering an extremely broad area of training fields and activities, Hannoversche Werkstätten do not only work cross-sector, but also boost the cooperation between for-profit and not-for-profit work. The latter is being ensured e.g. by a number of employees working with business companies like Continental AG (but getting their salary from Hannoversche Werkstätten, however) or by Hannoversche Werkstätten selling their self-manufactured products on the

Enablement of social enterpreneurship
Impacts not known

Amenities for local people
Positive impacts
Helping people with disabilities find employment and leading a life in dignity, Hannoversche Werkstätten also makes a contribution towards boosting the community cohesion.

Educational opportunities
Positive impacts            
It is not only the impressive range of educational opportunities, but also the quality of training, along with the different typed of assistance available, what has made Hannoversche Werkstätten a major actor within the landscape of vocational training and job creation for people with disabilities.

Crisis response
Positive impacts
In times of crisis, supporting vulnerable social groups becomes essential. By their long-lasting experience and magnitude reached since their foundation in 1997, Hannoversche Werkstätten has become a major actor within the landscape of vocational training and job creation for people with disabilities.

Local financial environment for soc ent
Neutral impacts

The funding of the differents activity branches and areas of work are as follows
Hannoversche WohnAssistenz (assisted living): invoicing according to specialist staff hours. Contract partner is the Hannover Region, which conducts negotiations in the name of the local communities concerned.

Vocational training area
Contract partner for agreeing the cost rates for attendance is the State Employment Agency (Bundesagentur für Arbeit, BA), represented by the Regional Purchasing Centre for northern Germany. Cost rates are binding for all funding bodies such as the German Pension Scheme (Deutsche Rentenversicherung; formerly BfA, LVA)

Working area
The remuneration provisions are composed of: basic flat rate, flat rate for the relevant measure, investment contribution, travel costs, contribution to employer’s liability insurance association and economic occupation flat rate. The contract partner is the Lower Saxony Social Welfare Office in Hildesheim (LS Hildesheim)

Contributions to the pension scheme and health and nursing care insurance are deducted from the pay on behalf of the workshop employees.

Local policy environment for soc ent
Neutral impacts

National financial environment for soc ent
Impacts not known

National policy environment for soc ent
Impacts not known