My name is Tobias Ludwig, and I am a consultant with Bayer Business Consulting at the Berlin site. Friends told me about the internal management consultancy at Bayer, so I applied there immediately after completing my doctorate in natural science, and started work as a consultant.
At Bayer, we can combine business and social commitment
What I find particularly fascinating about consulting at Bayer is the variety that comes from being involved in projects all over the company – in my case, for example, I have worked with HR, Marketing and Research. Thanks to the support of the Bayer Cares Foundation, I recently even had the opportunity to gather experience on a social project, and spent three months working in a children’s home in Bolivia, where I helped the children and local Bayer staff set up a school garden. My time at the Bayer Group so far has been a fascinating and educational journey. What I particularly like is the fact that the customers whose projects I work on are also my colleagues. I value this trusting relationship.
Open to different ideas, approaches & lifestyles
We enjoy a very international and open atmosphere in our department. I often work closely with colleagues from the United States or Asia. We are fundamentally open to different ideas, approaches and lifestyles, in fact they are positively encouraged. It was therefore only natural for me to be open at work about my homosexuality. That is to say, it was and remains a non-issue, for example when I talk about my latest vacation with my partner. Even though it is irrelevant to my work, I know that I have no reason to hide my private life and I can give my full attention to my work.
At Christopher Street Day 2013 in Cologne – the annual parade for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) community and its supporters – I did ask myself why so many companies demonstrated their support for the LGBT community there, but Bayer did not. What exactly is Bayer’s position on LGBT issues? I scoured the intranet for LGBT activities in the Group and – only after a lot of careful searching – finally came across a group of very motivated employees who are committed to achieving total equality for LGBT employees at Bayer – Blend.
Blend is part of Bayer
My involvement in the Blend community has meant setting out on a new journey at Bayer – and it is no less educational than the first one. With the active support of my department, I am able to be involved with Blend alongside my project work. Among other things, I am using my experience from project management and communication to drive forward the development of our community. Even if Bayer may still lag behind some other companies in terms of LGBT issues, there is still a great deal of openness and a dynamic attitude toward changing the status quo. This year, along with the careers team Germany, we will be representing Bayer for the first time at the Sticks & Stones career fair in Berlin. I think it is wonderful that I am able to contribute to building a culture in our company that is based on tolerance and respect. After all, my goal is for all my LGBT colleagues to be able to talk about their private lives in the office without having to put up with strange looks.
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Impressions from my Bolivia project:
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