No room for racism at Rheinmetall Automotive

Respect, inclusion, society—three words, one initiative: at all of its German plants, Rheinmetall Automotive supports “Respekt!”, an initiative launched in 2010 to promote respectful coexistence. The initiative, promoted by numerous celebrities and the trade union IG Metall, seeks to combat racism and discrimination.

Plants at Neckarsulm and Berlin led the way with staff parties. At all entry points, signs with the word “Respekt!” area visible reminder that a culture of community is something that is experienced daily at every company location.

“Hand in Hand” in St. Leon-Rot

At KS Gleitlager GmbH in St. Leon-Rot trainees unveiled a jointly produced sculpture, which will henceforth grace the company’s main entrance. Entitled “Hand in Hand,” the work of art symbolizes the plant’s human diversity. This creative project was launched with the backing of the staff council, the personnel department, and plant management. The trainees had a free hand when it came to the design. The result was a rectangular metal base plate, on which hands inside hands are mounted, along with the word “Respekt”. As Maximilian Ritz, a trainee industrial mechanic, explains: “Respect requires a sturdy foundation, which is why we used two baseplates, which interlock and symbolize a strong connection. We anodized the hands in all kinds of different colors as a way of depicting the human diversity and differences we encounter every day at work.”

Fixing up a playground for a good cause

At Pierburg’s long-standing company headquarters in Neuss, too, trainees and work/study students have been rolling up their sleeves for Respekt! A rundown playground where children no longer wanted to play served as a joint project for these energetic young people. The company provided the tools for fixing up the playground. Existing equipment and slides were sanded down, graffiti meticulously removed, and the sand carefully sieved. As a special token of recognition, the city of Neuss supplied the paint for restoring the playground equipment. The rejuvenated playground at the Neuss plant symbolizes respect for the city and its citizens—and especially the children. Meanwhile, every one of our locations in Germany is supporting the “Respekt!” initiative with numerous projects, and now serves as an omnipresent reminder of the importance of community, inclusiveness, and open-mindedness.