Getzner Textil – together for more acceptance and accessibility

Bludenz (AT): For the down to earth, family-run company based in Austria’s Vorarlberg region, inclusion is not just a meaningless buzzword. Getzner Textil AG’s management board and its work council have been strictly committed to acceptance and to demonstrating a corporate culture where no one is excluded for years.

Getzner Textil has always made every effort to face the challenges of the times in order to be able to steadily develop the company further on all levels. People – with all of their different needs, individual backgrounds and personal potential – have always been, and will continue to be, the most important resource in this respect. As a modern company, which is always up to par with the times, the issue of inclusion, is therefore particularly important to the textile specialist. Getzner is above all, particularly committed to supporting people with disabilities in their pursuit of personal and professional fulfilment, as well as self-determination as much as it can.

“I enjoy being able to work with children!”
This applies to the entire group of companies as well as the in-house workplace nursery “Getzners Buntstiftle”, which currently offers twelve full-time places and was set up in 2017 in cooperation with Caritas Bludenz and the local government. Svenja Gehrmann, a friendly and lively lady with a disability who works at the Caritas sheltered workshop, helps out at the nursery once a week. “The project is extremely successful and everyone involved – above all of course the little ones – really looks forward to the mornings when Svenja is due to come in to support the team,” says Perrine Getzner, chairwoman of the Getzner Textil works council. The “Buntstiftle” children’s delight is obvious as Svenja Gehrmann lovingly prepares their breakfast before sitting down with them to enjoy it. Of course, she also sets and clears the table herself, as she particularly appreciates the chance to be able to actively contribute to the day-to-day running of the nursery.  When asked, she doesn’t have to hesitate in what she enjoys the most about her duties: “I simply really enjoy being able to work with children!”

Svenja puts her heart and soul into lovingly taking care of the children every week.

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Getzner is passionately committed to supporting people with disabilities as much as it can.

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