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Company News, 2016-06-07, 04:00 PM

German Diversity Day - Stumbling blocks and a telescope against prejudice

The 4th Germany Diversity Day, organized by the initiative Charta der Vielfalt (Diversity Charter), takes place on June 7, 2016. The aim of the nationwide campaign is to promote a corporate culture that is free of prejudice. thyssenkrupp will be celebrating the day with a couple of unusual actions and taking part in an event staged by the “Diversity Network Rhine-Ruhr”.

Anyone walking around the thyssenkrupp campus in Essen on June 7, 2016 will need to keep their eyes open: Six large “stumbling blocks” dispel common workplace prejudices such as “Older colleagues can’t do as much work” and “Women are incapable of abstract thought”. Another action being staged in front of the thyssenkrupp head office building aims to promote “Greater vision, greater diversity”. The message, which can only be seen using a telescope: “Prejudice makes us short-sighted”.

“We want to encourage the potential of all employees, irrespective of age, gender, ethnicity or religion. And because that’s still not the case everywhere, we as companies are sending out a signal,” says Oliver Burkhard, Chief Human Resources Officer at thyssenkrupp. The Group has been a member of Charta der Vielfalt, a corporate initiative under the patronage of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, since 2013. On June 7, thyssenkrupp and other charter signatories from the region will be taking part in an event in Bonn organized by Deutsche Telekom. Around a hundred top managers will be discussing how diversity contributes to business success.

thyssenkrupp already addressed the topics of diversity and prejudice at its first internal Diversity Day in Essen on May 10, attended by around 250 people from various areas and hierarchical levels. The company also recently published a study carried out in collaboration with Forsa. More information on the study.

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