But his legacy goes beyond that; through the requirements formulated at IG Metall, he also influenced the new German Federal Participation Act (Bundesteilhabegesetz). Among other things, that law provides for greater representation of people with disabilities within companies. In Wolfsburg alone, it led to an increase in the number of employees with disabilities from 12 to 30 in October . “That will significantly improve services for our coworkers with disabilities,” says Wenzel. He’s leaving on a positive note.
“At Volkswagen, despite some
shortcomings, we continue to set the standard when it comes to inclusion, with beacons like Work-2-Work, the West ramp and the new demographics project in Hall 35.
We even received the German Inclusion Award for the first two of those projects in 2013 .”