How many apps and applications do we use at RWE? There are a few thousand. IT expert Norbert Gooßens from RWE Supply & Trading (RWEST) checks them for accessibility throughout the Group so that colleagues with disabilities can use them without any problems. He has already taken a close look at over 500 apps - and has been able to make many improvements.
Norbert Gooßens combines his IT expertise with his commitment to an inclusive work culture: he works at RWEST in the IT back office, is part of the Group Representative Body for Disabled Employees (KSV) and represents the interests of people with disabilities in the IT committee of the Group Works Council. In order to ensure barrier-free IT, he therefore takes on two roles at once. In the Works Council IT committee, he represents the KSV and checks almost all applications that are presented to the committee. In addition, he is the contact person for disabled employees who need special software or hardware.
The ways in which Norbert becomes aware of potential improvements are therefore varied. "Sometimes colleagues approach me directly and point out problems," says Norbert. "But even in the internal development of applications, I’m either directly involved from the beginning or check them for accessibility after completion." The improvements that have already been implemented include specialised apps, as well as applications that almost all colleagues use regularly in their daily work.