SAARLOUIS - The Ford Saarlouis production plant has become an official member of Germany’s national “Respekt” campaign, which takes a stand against racism and aims to foster greater respect and tolerance.
Ford Saarloius added its support to the “Respekt” campaign on Friday, October 21st, joining stars from the worlds of sport and show-business as well as the German workers union, IG Metall.
The “Respekt” campaign has its roots in the world of sport and calls for an end to racism, sexism, homophobia and intolerance.
Youth representatives at the Ford Saarlouis production plant showed their support for the campaign by installing a sign at the entrance of the training workshop declaring: “Respect! – No room for racism” (Respekt! – Kein Platz für Rassismus).
Ford Saarlouis plant manager Karl Anton, council chairman Gilbert Hess, mayor of Saarlouis Roland Henz and union representative Thomas Kehrbaum participated in installing the sign.
Respect is not only an important part of the Ford’s corporate culture; it is also a factor in ensuring success. As important elements of Ford’s vocational training concept, Ford work education programmes include special seminars on diversity and tolerance. These seminars have resulted in Ford receiving first prize in the national competition “Kulturelle Vielfalt in der Ausbildung” (cultural diversity within training).
“In Saarlouis alone, people from 31 nations create outstanding products that are being sold to more than 80 different countries,” said Karl Anton. “This kind of cooperation can only exist where there is mutual respect.”
Ford employs 6,500 people at the Saarlouis production plant, plus further 2,000 employees in a neighbouring industrial park, making Ford the largest employer in the German federal state of Saarlouis. Vehicles produced in Saarlouis are exported to international markets including Australia, Taiwan and Tahiti.