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|  Forum  |  IntegratIon Angekommen.Angenommen. Angekommen.Angenommen. Angekommen.Angenommen. Klar doch, wir Das Miteinander macht Zwischenmenschlichgeht ganz einfachKollegialität, Respekt und Toleranz werden im Gebäudereiniger-Handwerk in Deutschland bereits seit Jahrzehntenden UnterschiedEs lebe der Unterschied! Das Gebäudereiniger-Handwerk bietet bereits seit Jahrzehnten Menschen aus der ganzen WeltKollegialität, Respekt und Toleranz werden im Gebäudereiniger-Handwerk in Deutschland bereits seit Jahrzehntenqualifizierten Menschen, die in Deutschland ihre Zukunft sehen?qualifi zierten Menschen, die in Deutschland ihre Zukunft sehen? Eine gemeinsame Initiative von: Eine gemeinsame Initiative von: Eine gemeinsame Initiative von: Für Toleranz und eine gelebte Willkommenskultur. Für Toleranz und eine gelebte Willkommenskultur. Für Toleranz und eine gelebte Willkommenskultur. “Arrived. Accepted.” – The communications campaign to raise awareness about diversity and draw the postlight on our industry’s welcoming culture. Photos: rationell reinigen “Arrived. Accepted.” awareness campaign When it all comes together Long before the influx of refugees started to make headlines and long before people over here began to see the true value in welcoming highly educated and skilled people from over there, the facility services industry has consistently been an example of diversity and integration. The facility services industry as a whole is truly setting the more critical over the course of the next years. This alone makes benchmark when it comes to hiring people from immigration back- foreign employees indispensable to a functioning facility services grounds, be it as trainees or employees. The business we’re in industry: They are the ones who will ultimately ensure that we will makes an important contribution to the overall integration of for- be able to continue delivering our services. eign nationals who want to fulfill their aspirations in our country. “Like no other business sector, ours is kept up and running thanks German facility services providers may well not be pioneers in to so many nationalities and cultures coming together,” comment- matters of social and cultural integration, but they are definitely ed Johannes Bungart, Managing Director of the German Federal in first place today. Accurate census figures aren’t in yet, but the Building Cleaning Contractors Guild (Bundesinnungsverband des proportion of foreign employees in our industry easily reaches 50 Gebäudereiniger-Handwerks) at the outset of the image campaign percent and more in certain regions, especially in urban centers. “Arrived. Accepted.” that was presented in the June 2015 issue of It is not a rare thing to find companies in our industry that employ rationell reinigen. “In launching the ‘Arrived. Accepted’ campaign, staff from over 100 different countries. both the Guild and rationell reinigen have taken a clear stand in support of respect and tolerance, emphatically rejecting xenopho- Immigration means everybody wins bia and social exclusion. Our industry makes a valuable and suc- The German ‘Willkommenskultur’ – a word that describes an open cessful contribution to integration, and we have every right to be and engaging attitude towards new arrivals from other countries proud,” Thomas Dietrich, Head of the Federal Guild, emphasized – has clearly benefited the facility services sector. As an industry on the occasion of the guild members meeting in Berlin. we would be considerably worse off without the diversity we have on our collective payroll. In fact, some areas would simply grind The campaign has arrived, too to a halt if it weren’t for our foreign colleagues willing to get the The joint initiative by the federal building cleaning contractors job done. Across the board, companies are increasingly in need guild and rationell reinigen has been met with an incredibly enthu- of qualified employees, and the situation is likely to become even siastic response, both by the industry and the general public. Reac- 8 GLOBAL CLEANING | ISSUE 2016


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