Promoting diversity – making potential visible

For us, diversity is all about appreciating and protecting individuality. This is part of our corporate culture. As a signatory to the ‘Diversity Charter’, we are committed to offering all employees equal opportunities and a working environment free of prejudice.

 

With our groupwide diversity management programme we promote diversity within the Otto Group and make potential visible even where it is initially hidden. Our measures are aimed at the different genders and ages, at internationality and people with disabilities.

Groupwide measures range from diversity conferences and development programs for promising female staff to employment concepts for the retired. In addition, there is a large number of individual commitments within individual Otto Group companies, such as target group-specific seminars or mentoring programmes, various networks such as PLAN F, the network for women in business, the network for fathers, the network representing the interests of employees aged 50+ – #experienced, MORE* (the groupwide network of the LGBTIQ* community) and the Otto Group Diversity Community.


 

 

What our colleagues say

Diana Sommerfeld, Diversity Manager, Otto Group Holding

Diana Sommerfeld, Diversity Manager, Otto Group Holding

“Companies benefit when all employees can develop their full potential. This requires us to take account of different perspectives and to value every individual.”

Sandra Widmaier, Group Vice President Human Resources, Otto Group Holding

Sandra Widmaier, Group Vice President Human Resources, Otto Group Holding

“There are still too few women working in fields such as science or computer technology. Business enterprises, parents and schools have to work together to make these professions more accessible to young women.”

 

For more women in leadership roles

The Otto Group aims to offer women exciting career prospects and to increase the proportion of women in management positions. This also includes the reconciling the job with different phases of life and personal interests. Flexible working time models and the technical infrastructure for mobile working enable us to create the right conditions for this. Targeted support is provided by programmes and initiatives such as the groupwide development programme for women, Boost Your Career, or develop<HER>, the educational format developed from PLAN F, the women's network of OTTO and Otto Group Holding, which is aiming to get women interested in digital topics.