Bombardier Promotes Employee Diversity on German Diversity Day

Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation took part in the second German Diversity Day at its sites in Berlin, Görlitz and Kassel.
Jun 4, 2014 12:00 PM ET
Kassel employees representing 20 nationalities fly the flag of diversity

June 4, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation took part in the second German Diversity Day at its sites in Berlin, Görlitz and Kassel. The Berlin-based Group with around 9,000 employees in Germany demonstrated its commitment to diversity with various initiatives. As a global company, Bombardier strengthens its competitive position through diversity among employees, which allows it to understand better the needs of its customers throughout the world.

After signing the Charter of Diversity in 2013, a business initiative under the patronage of the German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel, this year's activities at three of Bombardier's sites emphasised the company's commitment to recognising and harnessing diversity within and beyond the company for the benefit of society. To this end, Bombardier fosters a corporate culture characterised by mutual respect that values the intrinsic worth of each and every individual.

Just how effective such a philosophy firmly rooted in daily interaction can be is especially clear at the headquarters of Bombardier Transportation in Berlin, where people of 47 nationalities work together and steer the international business. The subject of diversity also plays an increasingly important role at its production sites, such as Kassel and Görlitz. The company draws on the varied skills and talents of its employees for the development and production of rail vehicles as well as the provision of services for customers throughout the world. Different ways of looking at a problem reveal new opportunities for innovative and creative solutions, thereby contributing to the company's collective success.

Various campaigns such as photography contests, team-building activities and discussion events on the subject of active diversity reveal how employees at these sites have breathed life into Bombardier's corporate values.

At the Kassel site, where Bombardier builds locomotives, employees of 20 nationalities gathered on June 3 for a photograph in front of a locomotive decorated with flags of their native countries – so they could “fly the flag of diversity”. This photo taken on Diversity Day is the first in a series of pictures at the Kassel site aimed at inspiring a lasting culture of diversity.

The importance of mutual understanding and respect was also highlighted in various activities at the Görlitz site, where employees from 15 countries work together. The “1st Görlitz Round Table” involved representatives from the workforce, works council, site management as well as representatives from a local school that works in close cooperation with the Bombardier site. This resulted in a lively and stimulating exchange of ideas regarding diversity in many aspects of daily life. A photo competition among employees on the subject of diversity and special menus in the factory canteen offering food from 15 different countries over several weeks added to the activities around Diversity Day.

About Bombardier Transportation
Bombardier Transportation, a global leader in rail technology, offers the broadest portfolio in the rail industry and delivers innovative products and services that set new standards in sustainable mobility. BOMBARDIER ECO4 technologies – built on the four cornerstones of energy, efficiency, economy and ecology – conserve energy, protect the environment and help to improve total train performance for operators and passengers. Bombardier Transportation is headquartered in Berlin, Germany, and has a very diverse customer base with products or services in more than 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide.

About Bombardier
Bombardier is the world’s only manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.

Bombardier is headquartered in Montréal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indices. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, we posted revenues of $18.2 billion. News and information are available at or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

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