BLG signs Charter of Diversity
Traditionally Bremen’s port sector is open to people with diverse nationalities and cultural backgrounds. Even people without relevant port training find work and employment opportunities here.
Nevertheless, there is still a lot that can be done to enable equal career opportunities to all employees and enhance the perception of the company as an attractive employer. “We want to strengthen our positive image and optimally develop the potential of our workforce. As an attractive employer, we strengthen the economic efficiency of the operations and respond to the increasing need for junior staff,” says Hans-Joachim Schnitger, President of the employers’ association Unternehmensverband Bremische Häfen e.V. (U·B·H). To help companies in these efforts, U·B·H together with its partners ma-co maritimes competenzcentrum GmbH and Soziale Innovation GmbH (SI) has applied to establish the project “Equal opportunity and staff development in Bremen’s port sector and port-related logistics” in the framework of the Social Partner Initiative of the Federal Ministry of Labor. The basis for this is an agreement concluded by U·B·H and the trade union ver.di specially for this purpose.
The social partners are thus pulling together in this regard. The project will support companies in their efforts to optimize equal opportunity. Ella Karsten from SI explains the specifics: “We can help to establish equal opportunity in the company via guiding and leadership principles as well as communication, and can also work on individual points in a targeted manner, whether it involves opening up for new groups on the labor market, integration of new colleagues at the workplace, compatibility of career and private life and much more.” Seminars and training courses will additionally be offered through the project: “We have a broad spectrum,” says Ingo Richter from ma-co. The range of conceivable training programs extends “from specialized training for employees with little further training experience all the way to training managers, such as in dealing with multicultural teams.”
The signing of the Charter of Diversity by 17 companies in the sector in the presence of Mayor Dr. Carsten Sieling marked the public kickoff of the three-year project. In this way the companies underline their commitment to diversity and equal opportunity within their enterprise. “We are thus setting an example and making it clear that we are serious about it,” states Hans-Joachim Schnitger. All companies that are members of the U·B·H can take part.
The following signed for BLG:
- BLG AutoTerminal Bremerhaven GmbH & Co. KG – Ms. Sandra Simonides
- BLG AutoTransport GmbH & Co. KG – Ms. Malena Ernst
- BLG Cargo Logistics GmbH – Ms. Sonja Berndt
- BLG Handelslogistik GmbH & Co. KG – Mr. Thomas Krüger
- BLG Industrielogistik GmbH & Co. KG – Mr. Robert Bommers
- BLG LOGISTICS GROUP AG & Co. KG – Mr. Udo Klöpping