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14 A magnet for talent

14 A magnet for talent from all over the world Candy Crush King is the leading company in mobile gaming and currently has four successful franchises, Candy Crush Saga, Farm Heroes Saga, Pet Rescue Saga and Bubble Witch Saga. The Berlin studio, founded in 2014, is home of smash hit Candy Crush Jelly Saga. Currently, the Berlin studio has approximately 90 employees with 25 nationalities and is looking to grow this number. King has many internal networks and external partnerships to support diversity and inclusion within gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation. Each of these give employees the opportunity to engage in causes that celebrate the different cultures King encourages. P eople from more than 196 different nations live and work in Germany‘s capital. And around a quarter of the 180,000 companies in Berlin have an international character. These are figures that clearly indicate why Berlin is considered to be particularly cosmopolitan, tolerant, and free-spirited. The interaction between different world views, cultures, and religions also determines the self-image in politics and the economy. „Berlin is more like a part of the world than a city,“ as the writer Jean Paul put it back in 1800. Liberality and freedom have always been the historical roots of the city‘s society, which grew in strength even through the decades of division into East and West. Worldwide trading partners. The most important trading partners for the Berlin economy are in the USA, followed by China, France, Switzerland and Poland. Goods worth more than 15 billion euros are exported annually. International diversity in the workforce has also long been a central factor for success for companies. Only an international team of employees can optimally adapt to the customer structure abroad. Familiarity with other ways of thinking and other mentalities is decisive for sustainable commercial success. From 65 countries The Deutsche Bank, too, takes advantage of the international character of the Berlin labor market. Employees from more than 65 nations work in the Risk Center of the financial institution. Risk management is conducted worldwide for the entire group. The Deutsche Bank was founded in 1870 in Berlin, by the way. Now, with the establishment of the Risk Center, the city can hold its own in the face of competition from international finance centers such as Frankfurt, London, and New York. Diversity as an opportunity. More than 700,000 foreigners and 500,000 Germans with international roots live in Berlin. This is one reason why the capital is ever more popular with companies as a location for shared service centers. Here, national and worldwide company processes such as controlling, IT services, personnel administration, or telephone switchboards are pooled together. Large operators in the capital include Axel Springer, BASF, Coca-Cola, Daimler, E.ON and Amazon. Companies find very well-qualified employees from all over the world in Berlin. Openness as an asset. Both politics and business actively promote the potential of heterogeneity in the workforce. Government-backed and private initiatives advocate diversity in all areas of life. More than 370 Berlin companies have signed the „diversity charter“ (Charta der Vielfalt). The initiative wants to promote diversity in companies and institutions: ethnic background, age, gender, sexual orientation, and handicaps – an equal interaction between all people is part of a modern and successful business philosophy. Mixed teams often achieve better working results and have long been an everyday occurrence in the research branch. Large firms such as Deutsche Telekom confirm that such teams work more creatively and achieve more, especially in the area of innovation. For all companies who are competing for skilled workers in the „War for Talent“ on the international labor market, Berlin offers a huge advantage as a magnet for young and well-trained people. The key to success. Many employers in Berlin have long recognized that cultural diversity is an important key to success and new customer

Business Metropolis – Talent 15 Photos: gettyimages | Courtney Keating, Unternehmen contacts. Regional business associations such as the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK) and the Chamber of Crafts (Handwerkskammer) want to make Berlin into „DiversCity“ in Europe with their own projects and collaboration. Public utility companies are paving the way as good examples: Berliner Wasserbetriebe, Berliner Stadtreinigung (BSR), Berliner Bäderbetriebe as well as Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) and the state‘s own housing companies have committed themselves to sustainable city development that will be suitable for the growing number of diverse lifestyles. Our international team with employees from more than 50 different nations provides controlling, finance, and HR services in 21 languages for BASF companies in 68 countries: Cultural diversity is our recipe for success! Dr. Daniel Dornbusch Senior Vice President, BASF Services Europe GmbH

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