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The Bosch RBgay associate network celebrated in Stuttgart and Munich.

Raising the rainbow flag to celebrate diversity: for the fifth time, Bosch took part in the Christopher Street Day festivities in Stuttgart. On the last weekend in July, around 100 associates participated in the parade to express their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights. Participants included members of RBgay (RBg), the Bosch LGBT associate network.  A few weeks earlier, Bosch also took part in Munich’s CSD events for the first time.



Promoting an environment that is free of prejudice

RBgay aims to create a work environment that is free of prejudice. Its members are committed to raising awareness on issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity at the company, reduce fear, and build networks between colleagues. LGBT Allies plays an important role in this regard. Launched last year, the project reaches out to open-minded allies at all Bosch business sectors, who can then actively support their RBg colleagues by speaking openly about LGBT issues.

“RBg contributes to making our corporate culture even more open by allowing associates to be themselves and feel appreciated – regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity,” says Christoph Kübel, the director of industrial relations at Bosch. “The members of the network thus play an important role in promoting diversity at our company. For associates to reach their full potential and contribute creative ideas, they need to feel safe.”  



Chapters around the world         

RBg was founded by six Bosch associates in 2006. Today, the network counts more than 400 members in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. In 2016, Bosch associates in the United States founded a chapter of RBg, which has since held events on a regular basis. A group was also formed in Japan this year, where LGBT are still now widely accepted in local society. Members meet for an LGBT lunch on a regular basis and raise awareness with a range of events.


More information about the Bosch LGBT network can be found here.