TÜV SÜD is growing more and more international; we have colleagues from over 100 nationalities and various cultures. They also have different ages and lifestyles & bring a wide range of skills, views and interests to the table.
We believe that diversity greatly contributes to the success of TÜV SÜD and that companies with a diverse workforce are better placed to succeed when dealing with demographic and economic challenges.
To show appreciation and support of this diversity, TÜV SÜD has signed the Diversity Charter [ PDF 237 kB ], joining Germany's largest corporate initiative for promoting diversity.
The terms of the charter are aimed at creating a workplace environment that is free from prejudice. All employees are to be respected regardless of their gender, nationality, ethnic background, faith, beliefs, disabilities, age, sexual orientation or identity.
By signing the Diversity Charter, TÜV SÜD has joined a group of more than 2,500 companies in Germany that have committed to making diversity a core constituent of their corporate culture.
“Our business relationships at TÜV SÜD are founded firmly on objectivity and fairness. These standards are just as important when dealing with our people – for an open and diverse business culture.” (Gabriele Sommer, Head of Corporate HR)
Managing Unconscious Bias - a crucial factor of success for a diverse company: Are we able to always encounter others open minded and unbiased? What do unconscious stereotypes mean for our everyday life?
Those questions were addressed in a number of internal key notes and trainings in 2017 and will be continued in 2018 – but are also part of a video series:
I - What is an "Unconscious Bias"?
II - Unconscious Bias and Recruiting
III - Unconscious Bias and Career Development
IV - Unconscious Bias - Let's summarize it
Driving Gender Balance
Companies with diverse workforces are better placed to succeed when dealing with demographic and economic challenges. TÜV SÜD thus aims to significantly increase the proportion of women in professional and managerial roles and started an initiative for driving the topic of Gender Balance.
TÜV SÜD aims to provide men and women with equal opportunities for development.
By deciding to implement the Gender Balance corporate initiative, TÜV SÜD is taking deliberate steps to encourage women to take up professional and leadership roles and join strategic HR development programmes.
To drive sustainable change, the actions we take in this respect will address organizational and structural issues as well as individual and cultural levels.
To promote and enhance gender balance, TÜV SÜD is addressing the entire employee life cycle and will further expand its Life Balance programme for a better work-life-balance.
The members of our Board of Management have confirmed these goals by signing a statement to that effect and provided a clear starting signal for on-going implementation of the strategy. The measures address various fields of action including HR recruitment, HR development and working conditions, e.g. on appointment committees both genders must be represented and alternative management models are fostered.
"We are convinced that companies with gender balance at senior levels outperform all-male or all-female teams “, says Gabriele Sommer, Global Head of Human Resources. Please get some impressions about this initiative here.
In the next few years, we will be looking to shape working conditions and show the potential that inspires each employee and each manager to raise the power of a diverse workforce. Of course we will have to face many challenges and there are still many steps on our way. The support of our leaders will help the cause: “You can count on my support to ensure that women are able to participate and benefit equally alongside their male colleagues to enhance the success and sustainability of TÜV SÜD” confirmed Ferose Oaten, CEO TÜV SÜD South Africa (Pty) Ltd.