innogy stands for a culture of respect and openness: That’s why the company founded a LGBT&Friends network in April.
According to statistics, seven percent of Germans are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. That’s equivalent to about 2,500 innogy employees. They are a part of innogy like the many colours of the brand.
The "LGBT&friends Network" was founded in April 2018 to make this aspect of diversity visible both internally and externally by holding events.
"Together with this network we want to support an open working culture", says innogy Board member Hans Bünting. He is the network’s sponsor. "Our colourful brand world stands for a colourful environment - how could we better reflect this than with the rainbow flag? Nobody has to hide here and we should treat each other with respect. And this applies to all companies of the innogy family."
It is supported by employees at various locations - for example in Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and the Czech Republic. Board member Hans Bünting is the official sponsor of the network.
innogy also stands for a culture of respect and openness in which every employee can develop their potential independent of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
LGBT colleagues also get a special day's holiday, if they get married and during their lunch break they also want to be able to talk freely about their weekend trip with their partner.”
Employees came up with this idea
Numerous studies and experiences of LGBT employees show that in 2018 there is still some catching up to do in terms of acceptance both in society and at companies.
"The initiative comes from our employees. Not from the Board," says Bünting. When it comes to sexual orientation and gender identity, there is often still a lot of fear and discomfort about coming out of the closet at work. That costs energy. "Games of hide-and-seek take up a lot of time. I hope that this energy can be invested in other projects, both on a human and working level," says Bünting. Not only will the individual colleagues profit from this, but also innogy as an employer and as a company.”
innogy tower will be illuminated in rainbow colours
For this reason, innogy is demonstrating its commitment publicly: On the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHo) on 17 May, the innogy tower in Essen will be illuminated in rainbow colours. Numerous cities and companies around the world are sending out a signal against homophobia on this day. Whether it be the Empire State Building or the Allianz Arena in Munich - illuminating buildings in rainbow colours has become a tradition in many places. The background is the declassificaiton of homosexuality as a mental illness by the World Health Organization in 1990.
Don’t Hide Your Pride #beinnogized
Around 100 innogy employees participated in Cologne’s Christopher Street Day in July for the first time, sending out a clear signal of visibility. Over 1.2 million people lined the 4.5-kilometre route.
They were dressed in pink, green, red, dark blue and violet. In colourful t-shirts, carrying balloons, the innogy employees paraded through Cologne. Instead of a large petrol-driven truck, the company used environmentally friendly and emission-free electric vehicles to drive through the city.
A total of 166 groups took part, 40 percent more than last year. Since 1991, hundreds of thousands of people have been demonstrating annually in support of equality and social acceptance for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.
We as innogy are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive corporate culture that welcomes all genders. We are convinced that differences enrich our company. These include among others differences in cultural background, life- and working style, talents and capabilities.