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Sexual orientation & gender identity

We celebrate colleagues of all genders and sexual orientations.

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The sexual orientation and gender identity of employees is often regarded as a “private matter”.

This can lead to colleagues feeling the need to pretend they are a different person or to hide their real identity in their day-to-day work environment.

However, at RWE we want everyone to be themselves, without having to change who they are. We believe that this is the only way for employees to reach their full potential.

Markus Krebber

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“Everyone at RWE should be able to deal openly with their sexual orientation and identity – this is important for each individual and for the entire company. The new LGBT*IQ & Friends network sets a clear signal for diversity, tolerance and respect.”

Dr. Lars Kulik

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CTO RWE Power, Lignite Division (CTO) and sponsor of the LGBT*IQ & friends network

“In the Rhineland we have a saying: every Jeck is different. I think it is right and important to fly the flag. So as far as my commitment to the network is concerned, I didn't just "sign up for something", it is a commitment out of solidarity. And I also have a very clear motto here: I treat everyone the way I would like to be treated. A diverse working world is necessary for the future and we can be glad that we have the LGBT*IQ & Friends Network.”

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Our internal LGBT*IQ-Network unites LGBT*IQ employees and their allies. The communities goal is to help the topic come into the picture internally and externally. This is the right place for exchange between employees and counselling when it comes to topics like coming out at the workplace.

Feel free to contact the network via e-Mail

Flyer to download

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Latest news

Employees awarded by PrOUT at work

The PROUT AT WORK initiative honored five RWE colleagues in its rankings for 2021. The special feature of the ranking is that it honors people - called PROUT PERFORMER - who play an exemplary role within their working lives and make a significant contribution to equal opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, intersex and queer people. 

We congratulate all employees on the award!


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All award winners in the overview



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Lars Kulik is PrOUT Executive Ally (Rank 9)



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Melanie Lober is PrOUT Executive Ally



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Manuela Neuroth is PrOUT Voice (Rank 3)



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Michaela Elschner is PrOUT Voice



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Lother Emmerich-Martin is PrOUT Voice


Gender-Transition Guideline

Information document for employees on gender transition at RWE

RWE supports colleagues during their gender transition at the workplace in the best possible way. We have compiled all the relevant topics in our Transition Guideline.

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Diversity podcasts

Why do we need Pride Month?

Podcast with Andrew, Portfolio Electrical Engineer at RWE

Length: 4:10 minutes
Language: English

How does the LGBT*IQ community make itself visible at RWE?

Podcast with Michaela, Software Developer at RWE

Length: 3:06 minutes
Language: English

How did your colleagues react when you came out?

Podcast with Michelle, RWE Supply & Trading

Length: 2:25 minutes
Language: English

How to become an LGBT*IQ ally and supporter?

Podcast with Richard, Freight Trading at RWE

Length: 3:16 minutes
Language: English

We actively support people with every sexual orientation and gender identity

You can read the fascinating and authentic stories of our outed colleagues at RWE here

Our stories

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#positivarbeiten is a program against discrimination of people with HIV in working life. With our signature, we promise our employees that we are actively committed to a discrimination-free and respectful approach to the topic of HIV. To the campaign (German)

Other external networks

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TOTAL E-QUALITY rates equality in respect of all diversity dimensions.
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PrOut@work Netzwerk looks after all topics of LGBQTI at work.
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LGBT+ Rhein-Ruhr
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Armin Arens

Diversity Officer

RWE Platz 1
45141 Essen