WE ARE “OPEN TO DIVERSITY – CLOSED TO EXCLUSION”
Several companies from the Kassel region are taking a stand for cosmopolitanism, diversity and tolerance and, together with the association Verein für internationale Verständigung e.V., have launched the “Open to Diversity – Closed to Exclusion” initiative. The initiators are, in addition to the association, Wintershall, the HÜBNER Group, K+S Aktiengesellschaft, Kasseler Sparkasse, the Schaltbau Bode Group, Gesundheit Nordhessen Holding AG, the transport company Kasseler Verkehrs-Gesellschaft AG (KVG), the museum institute Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel (MHK) and the Hessische/Niedersachsische Allgemeine (HNA).
We are doing this out of a sense of responsibility for our employees and to uphold the image and reputation of our companies, and for our region.
The events of the past months – attacks on people who have become targets because of their origin, religion or commitment to democracy and diversity – are something we cannot tolerate in any shape or form. We all feel committed to values such as respect, tolerance and the willingness to engage in dialogue and express that with the slogan “Open to Diversity – Closed to Exclusion.”
HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED As a citizen, business owner or company
Citizens and business owners from Kassel can order a door sign free of charge and thus spread the initiative’s message. Its front bears the words “Open to Diversity” and its rear reads “Closed to Exclusion.” Apart from showing whether a business is open, the sign thus also demonstrates the owner’s moral stance toward diversity and exclusion. Several hundred signs have already been sent out. Other companies are always welcome to join the initiative. Simply send an e-mail to email@example.com and we will then get in touch with you.
The following companies are already participating:
Wintershall is Germany’s largest international producer of crude oil and natural gas. We and our around 2,000 employees from more than 50 nations explore for and produce oil and gas in Europe, North Africa, South America, Russia and the Middle East region. Wintershall is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BASF.
HÜBNER is a leader in the field of gangway systems and offers solutions for rubber products, plastics technologies and elastomer-coated industrial textiles. A total of around 2,800 employees work for the family-owned company in more than 30 countries, including the U.S., South Africa and Australia.
K+S Aktiengesellschaft is a vendor of mineral products for agriculture, industry, consumers and communities and has around 15,000 employees. The company has production sites in Europe and North and South America, as well as a global sales network.
Kasseler Sparkasse has the densest service and consulting network of all the banks in its region. With total assets of 5.5 billion euros and more than 1,000 employees it is a key partner and economic factor for the region. In the areas of culture, social affairs, education and sport, Kasseler Sparkasse supported numerous projects and events in 2017 with funding of around 1.6 million euros.
Schaltbau Bode Group
The Schaltbau Bode Group specializes in door and boarding systems for trains and buses, sliding doors for vehicles, and exterior and interior fittings for rolling stock. The company has more than 3,000 employees, operates worldwide and has representative offices in countries such as China, South Korea and the U.S.
Kasseler Verkehrs-Gesellschaft AG (KVG)
Kasseler Verkehrs-Gesellschaft AG (KVG), a subsidiary of Kasseler Verkehrs- und Versorgungs-GmbH, operates tram, RegioTram and bus services in and around Kassel. It has around 600 employees and carries approximately 45 million passengers a year.
Gesundheit Nordhessen Holding AG
Gesundheit Nordhessen Holding AG owns, among other things, several hospitals, rehabilitation centers, Seniorenwohnanlagen Kassel (SWA), which runs retirement homes, and the service company ökomed. With around 4,800 employees, it is one of the largest employers in North Hesse.
Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel (MHK)
Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel (MHK) administers properties and collections that are part of the artistic and cultural heritage of Hesse in and around Kassel. They also include a world cultural heritage site, the Wilhelmshöhe Mountain Park. The MHK is an institution run by the State of Hesse.
The Hessische/Niedersachsische Allgemeine (HNA) is a daily newspaper for North Hesse and southern Lower Saxony. The printed version of the complete HNA edition has a circulation of 188,785 (source: IVW Q2/2017), and the accompanying portal HNA.de had more than 9 million visits and around 38 million page views in January 2018 (source: IVW).
The Bundesliga club MT Melsungen is the flagship sports project for the North Hesse region. The men’s team ascended in 2005 to the German Handball-Bundesliga and since then it has delighted thousands of fans with top-notch handball. The club stands for an open society and is committed to promoting social and charitable projects.
The Kassel chapter of the Junior Chamber International (Wirtschaftsjunioren Kassel) is dedicated to promoting companies and managers that are younger than 40, for the purpose of improving education, innovative entrepreneurship, team spirit and the quality of life. The umbrella organization represents the largest network of young businesses in Germany.
ORDER THE SIGN NOW BY PHONE OR E-MAIL
Do you want to signal your support for cosmopolitanism, diversity and tolerance?
Order the sign for free by calling 0561/203 14 76 or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
#offenfuervielfalt The initiative in social media
Take a stand yourself for cosmopolitanism and tolerance! Take a photo of yourself, for example, with our sign and post it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Or explain briefly in a post why you are for diversity and against exclusion. Please note: Don’t forget to use our initiative hashtag #offenfuervielfalt. That way, we – the majority, who stand for these values – will make the initiative visible for everyone.