Zotter is honoured with a "Special Award for the Corporate Integration of People with Disabilities".
Austria‘s Leading Companies (ALC)
For the 20th time, Austria bestowed its most prestigious economic award. All the leading companies in Styria were honoured in Graz. This time, Zotter didn’t receive an award for chocolate, but instead a “Special Award for the Corporate Integration of People with Disabilities”.
Josef Zotter: "As a family business, I see integration on every level not just as our responsibility but also as one of our strengths. Maximising humanity is our biggest asset, and it is our obligation to nurture the strongest as well as people who have been disadvantaged in life! Mario F. (31) has been with us for more than 12 years now. He joined us via the “Chance B” scheme and after completing his commercial apprenticeship, he has become fully integrated and one of our most valuable employees. Helga W. is deaf and this makes her a huge asset for us. She offers tours in sign language once a month, showing our manufactory to hearing-impaired visitors. This was Helga’s own idea and her tours have proven extremely popular. Working together is important for us and only yields advantages, for people with disabilities as well as the rest of us. Opportunities for everyone and full integration – an attitude that is rewarding for everyone, starting with just a different perspective and a better workday."
Image of awards ceremony: (left to right) Governor Hermann Schützenhöfer and the Zotter team: employees Madeleine Fuchs, Manfred Kapper, Helga Wagner, Philipp Hirschmann, Mario Fink and company founder Josef Zotter as well as Zero Projekt representative Karin Praniess-Kastner. (c) Günther Peroutka