Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity - Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA

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Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

"As an employer, we have the responsibility to create a climate of mutual respect and trust in our company. Employees who experience a welcoming and hospitable workplace that values them can focus all their energy on contributing to Bertelsmann’s success. "

Immanuel Hermreck, Chief Human Resources Officer of Bertelsmann

In addition to age, gender, origin and physical abilities, sexual orientation and gender identity significantly contribute to the personality of each employee. Concealment or suppression of sexual orientation or gender identity restricts personal satisfaction and labor productivity is negatively affected due to a fear of rejection. This is equally true when acceptance of a person’s sexual orientation is not offered in the workplace.

Employees of any sexual orientation or gender identity are welcomed at Bertelsmann. Every person and every employee has the right to express their identity in the workplace. As an employer, Bertelsmann promotes a working environment of mutual respect and tolerance, in which the value and dignity of each individual is recognized and appreciated.


Employee Network "be.queer"

Bertelsmann supports the German-wide LGBTQ employee network, be.queer. Founded by representatives from the RTL-Group, Gruner + Jahr, BMG, the Corporate Center, Arvato, the Bertelsmann Printing Group and Random House, the network provides employees a platform to exchange about their daily experience working at Bertelsmann. Together with divisional contact persons, a variety of activities are carried out, including local meetups, collaborative presentations at external venues, and participation in informational events on issues relating to sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace.