Picture with 20 signees from Düsseldorf and the district Mettmann as well as other guests at the second IHK-Diversity-Day signing the charter.; Picture/Copyright : Paul Esser
On the occasion of Germany’s Fifth Diversity Day today, Messe Düsseldorf GmbH signed the Diversity Charter at the IHK (German Chamber of Commerce) Diversity Day on 23 May 2017. In this way the Düsseldorf trade fair organisers demonstrated their official commitment to cosmopolitanism and worldwide collaboration in our globalised society. “We are a globally active company, so that diversity is part of our everyday lives. Not only do we deal with a wide variety of industries, nationalities and individuals among our customers, but we also value diversity in our own ranks,” says Werner M. Dornscheidt, President and CEO of Messe Düsseldorf. “Experience has shown that if our employees feel appreciated with all their different backgrounds, it greatly boosts their motivation. Also, heterogeneous teams often find more creative and innovative solutions. For us, it goes without saying that we should offer the same opportunities to everyone who works for us, without any prejudice.” He goes on to explain that any new staff are closely selected under this criterion and that diversity is always a major element throughout the recruitment process.
The Diversity Charter is a business initiative to promote diversity within enterprises and institutions and is run under the patronage of the German Federal Chancellor, Dr. Angela Merkel. The aim of the initiative is to create a working environment that is free from prejudice and where all employees are valued, irrespective of their gender, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, worldview, disability, age, sexual orientation or identity. The Charter has so far been signed by over 2,400 enterprises and public institutions.
With a revenue of around EUR 443m in 2016, the Messe Düsseldorf Group maintained its position as one of Germany's most successful trade fair companies. 32,100 exhibitors presented their products to 1.6m trade visitors at events in Düsseldorf this year. They were joined by about half a million visitors at various conventions. About 50 trade fairs were held in Düsseldorf, including 24 global leaders in five areas of expertise: machinery, plants and equipment, trade and services, medicine and healthcare, fashion and lifestyle, and also leisure. In addition, there were about 70 proprietary, joint and contracted events outside Germany, demonstrating that the Messe Düsseldorf Group is a leading global platform for export. Messe Düsseldorf GmbH is the trade fair company with the highest level of internationalism in capital goods exhibitions. In 2016 Messe Düsseldorf's proprietary events in machinery, plants and equipment had approx. 72 per cent international exhibitors and attracted 58 per cent trade visitors from other countries. In all, Düsseldorf trade fairs were attended by customers from about 180 countries. The Group runs a global network of sales offices in 136 countries (73 international representations) as well as competence centres in 8 countries.