innogy stands for a culture of respect and openness: That’s why the company founded a LGBT&Friends network in April 2018.
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. The network is supported by employees at various locations - for example in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK.
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.
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.
innogy tower was illuminated in rainbow colours
For this reason, innogy demonstrated its commitment publicly: On the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHo) on 17 May 2018, the innogy tower in Essen was 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.