Lionel Souque: Our corporate-wide initiatives include our LGBT network, development programmes for female talent and appropriate sponsorships and collaborations to enable us to promote diversity and show our support beyond the business too. Individual REWE Group companies have their own range of distinctive initiatives in place, such as seminars, mentoring programmes and networks for specific target groups.
And beyond that, each and every individual is called upon to play their part when it comes to tolerance and respect. Thanks to its sales lines, the REWE Group is known throughout Germany and many other European countries. Time and again, we are asked in a private capacity whether individuals who don’t see themselves as ‘conventional’ applicants, perhaps because they have a different passport, a disability or a different sexual orientation, should apply to work for us. We are working hard to review our HR processes to ensure that we can answer this question with a definitive ‘yes!’. We need to ensure that our processes recognise the diverse skills and talents of all employees and meet our expectations. German managers still dominate German business (the exception proves the rule…).