26.06.2019, Germany, UFA
UFA and Arvato Systems take part in the CSD Parade in Cologne with their own float.
This year, UFA and Arvato Systems are taking part in the Christopher Street Day Parade (CSD) in Cologne on 7 July with their own float. Through this initiative the two Bertelsmann companies want to show their support for equal rights and acceptance for gay men, lesbians, bi-sexuals, transsexuals, transgenders and intersexuals. Arvato Systems and UFA have joined together under the banner of “Diversity is our daily business!” to take a stand for diversity and equal opportunities through their participation in the CSD Parade.
Nico Hofmann © UFA
And the CSD float isn’t the only way we demonstrate. Lots of colleagues from both companies run along with the parade, too. And the Bertelsmann employee network be.queer also has its own information stand on the Alter Markt market place in Cologne, where anyone who’s interested can find out more about the various Bertelsmann divisions and their commitment to LGBTIQ employees.
Participation in CSD in Cologne is jointly organised between the internal UFA employee network be.queer@UFA and Arvato Systems employees.
UFA took part in last year‘s CSD Parade with its own float and – just like Arvato Systems – is actively committed as part of be.queer. be.queer is the first cross-departmental employee network at Bertelsmann to explicitly promote an open working environment for all employees – irrespective of their sexual identity or orientation. UFA and its various units joined the network two years ago and set up their own be.queer@UFA team. The team has set itself the goal of promoting diversity within UFA and taking a clear stance towards the outside world.
Every year on Christopher Street Day (CSD), men and women celebrate and demonstrate for same-sex love, equal rights, for freedom and against discrimination and harassment, as they are still the norm in a number of countries. CSD is an annual two-week programme of events in and around Cologne. The highlight is the Christopher Street Day street party from 5 to 7 July, ending with a parade through Cologne city centre.