IW4 is an ordinary company. Though with a special face.
IW4 is a social work company where people with a work disability, entrepreneurs and social partners work together. In the municipalities of Veenendaal, Rhenen, Renswoude and Utrechtse Heuvelrug, IW4 is there for people who want to work, but find it harder to independently find the right job. Due to a psychological, physical or mental disability or long-term unemployment. At IW4, people are active in landscaping, cleaning and food and non-food packaging.
IW4 helps Phycom by packaging various algae products in a responsible and food-safe manner. IW4 is FSSC22000 certified and supports Phycom. Good coordination between IW4 and Phycom is important; planning and expectation are always well matched. At Phycom, everyone is aware of the partnership and a decision is always made as to whether certain work might fit better with IW4.
(Packaging) Outsourcing work to the employees of IW4 is corporate social responsibility. Phycom thus contributes to helping and keeping people with a distance to the labor market employed. The packaging activities belong to the type of work that fits perfectly with the competences of the employees in the broadest sense. Everyone’s competencies are always taken into account; people are deployed in what they are good at, which increases their enjoyment of their work.
Hans Bouhuys, Manager Werkbedrijf IW4: “Phycom is not only concerned with its own products but also with the employees of IW4. Phycom helps by thinking about the packaging of algae products by people with a work disability, but also about any other services and resources to ensure that the work runs smoothly and soundly. A true partner!”
More information on IW4 is found on it’s Dutch website.