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    Zwart Wit (Black White)

    Episode 23: Henk van der Zwaag

    First aired: Tuesday, 3 February 2015 at 17.00 hours

    Once Henk van der Zwaag was farmer and he kept cows. He then opted for a position at the Frisian Cattle Breed and after wandering in the veterinary world , he left welfare for that of humans. He was general manager of Empatec in Friesland.

    Empatec is a social enterprise that people with disabilities helps at work in the Parks Department, as an IT specialist, as a woodworker, as Packer as a welder, as caterer and as domestic help. Van der Zwaag , originally engineer: 'I had no papers in this direction, but the will to do something for people was clearly visible enough to be able to fulfill this function.

    The company employs a total of 1,700 people spread over a large part of Friesland. The headquarters is in Sneek, where large production facilities are located. Van der Zwaag : "Often big companies suddenly want a product and that we can make them and supply. We tend to look at what people can do.

    Empatec is a success and is first in the Netherlands. Because their work is constantly increasing also by the inflow through the new participation law: for example, people who are on welfare and who should be helped to work. In his office stands twenty cows in miniature. But van der Zwaag is primarily a people person who indeed goes whistling to work.

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    About this program:

    A good conversation in Zwart Wit. Interesting, controversial and fascinating.

    Jan van Friesland has a long TV career and therefore extensive experience in the world of television. His career began for him in 1981 with Koos Postema. In the past 30 years he worked among others on programs such as Klasgenoten, Jongbloed en Joosten, Sonja, Achter het Nieuws, Buitenhof, Van Dis and NOS Journaal.

    All the guests of the program Zwart Wit have their own story. A story has always two sides. In Zwart Wit these different sides are going to be discussed.