Weerwerk, the social enterprise associated with De Sleutel, targets people who are less well positioned on the job market. With branches in the Ghent, Antwerp and Roeselare regions, Weerwerk helps around 100 adults with addiction issues every year to find long-term work.
Workplace leader Mathieu De Bruyne: “It is important to have a sufficiently stable range of work. One of the customers we work with a lot is Metagenics, a leading name in nutritional supplements. We had our first chats back in June 2016. The mission of Metagenics is to help people in their pursuit of a healthier and happier life. Weerwerk’s vision: People, opportunities, growth. Work as methodology! Based on these two foundations, it did not take us much to join forces”. “Weerwerk packs the Metagenics nutritional supplements. It is striking that a company like that chooses to partner up with the social economy,” says Mathieu. Metagenics, registered in Ostend since 1989, is market leader in micronutrition support products for people of all ages. It is a fast-growing company that employs 260 people in Europe, 160 of them in Ostend. All activities are consolidated at the Ostend site. As well as the production of accompanying storage and shipping activities, it is also home to the head office, with R&D, administration, sales, marketing and customer service.