The United Nations declared December 3 as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This day is
celebrated to achieve equality in the realization of human rights and the participation of people with
disabilities in society. In our education, business, and work, we should all include the fundamental
principles of human rights, such as the principle of non-discrimination and the principle of
interdependence and indivisibility of all human rights, which makes it necessary to achieve the
accessibility of all civil and political as well as social, cultural, and economic rights to persons with
To mark this day, we share with you our visit to one of the largest and most famous public companies in
Dalmatia employing more than 54% of people with disabilities.
Director Tamara Plastić and her associate Karmela Šegvić visited the Institution for Employment, Work
and Professional Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities DES on November 17, 2022, as part of the
activities of the "Inclusive stone" project. The DES facility is defined as a protective workshop, and part
of their work is aimed at the rehabilitation and protection of people with disabilities.
A protective workshop is an institution or commercial company that provides protective workplaces for
people with disabilities who have been determined by the findings and opinion of the center for
professional rehabilitation to be employable in protective workplaces, and who, because of their
disability, can achieve from 30% to 70% of the expected work efficiency. A protective workshop must
have at least 5 employees with disabilities in protective workplaces, and of the total number of
employees, at least 51% must be disabled people, of which 20% must be employed in protective
workplaces. (Regulations on protective workshops and integrative workshops for employment of
persons with disabilities)
The DES public company has an open public kitchen, ready-to-wear production, a printing press that
includes screen printing and flexography, and cardboard facility. A considerable part of their work is the
production of work/protective clothing for various sectors such as: shipbuilding, construction, trade,
health, military, and police.
They also produce a wide range of printed products such as: catalogues, prospectuses, magazines,
books, monographs, folders, notebooks, stationery, envelopes, business cards, invitations, stickers,
labels, etc. They also print various flags for both state and sports clubs, associations, trade chains, etc.
Machines, as well as production facilities and working conditions, have been modernized and adapted to
the needs of employees.
It is worth mentioning that in the DES company it is possible to obtain replacement quotas for all those
who have more than 20 employees and pay a contribution for not employing persons with disabilities.
Namely, according to the Regulations on determining the quota for the employment of persons with
disabilities, the share of employed persons with disabilities in the total number of employees within a
firm is prescribed. If employers do not employ the prescribed quota of persons with disabilities, they are
obliged to pay contributions. Substitute quotas allow the payment of contributions for non-employment
of persons with disabilities to be replaced with the purchase of DES products. This specifically means
that by signing a contract with DES, instead of paying a monthly contribution for not employing people
with disabilities, you can pay it by purchasing various products that DES produces. Many companies use
replacement quotas, which can be considered socially responsible.
For additional info about the DES company, you can visit their website www.des.hr
We would like to thank the director Mrs. Edita Maretić Dimlić and the assistant director Mrs. Silvana
Grubišić for the detailed conversation, the agreed potential future collaborations as well as the
professional tour of the DES plant.