Today, July 9th, 2016 Munich's Allianz Arena will be lit up in rainbow colours for the first time in honour of Christopher Street Day (LGBT Pride). The idea, supported by the city of Munich, local politicians and the stadium’s owner, was co-initiated by AllDive, Allianz’ employee network supporting the LGBT community.
"I support our employee resources group's proposal by setting a strong symbol of solidarity, diversity and anti-discrimination. This is especially important to us after the recent tragic shooting in a gay nightclub in Orlando," said Jackie Hunt, member of the Board of Allianz SE and responsible for diversity. She adds: "Allianz is committed to a diverse workforce which makes us stronger in business. Allianz stands for inclusion within our company and the larger society."
In honour of Christopher Street Day, the Allianz Arena will be lit up from 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. as a huge rainbow flag, the global symbol for the LGBT community. This has also become possible thanks to the Allianz Arena’s new lighting system installed last year. Its 300,000 LED lamps provide an infinite number of colour combinations. Below is a video from today’s CSD Parade in Munich.
The internal Allianz network of employees with different sexual orientation, AllDive, is a co-creator of the initiative and has been strongly supporting its implementation for quite some time. "We are thrilled to see our idea come to fruition," said Reiner Wolf, Allianz spokesperson of AllDive. "We want to see an open culture where everybody is recognized as an individual, no matter what background or sexual identity. It’s been proven that diverse teams perform better. Employees are much more engaged if they can live their personal lifestyles openly. And of course, our customers are diverse as well."
The Allianz network AllDive was formed in 2011 in Munich and it continues to grow internationally. It is part of the Group's diversity initiatives.
Allianz will also show pride by participating in the Christopher Street Day parade in Munich. It will set up a booth on the city’s central Marienplatz together with other local companies.