Yesterday we launched our D&I campaign 'Everyone Evonik - Everyone unique' in which colleagues of Evonik Antwerpen introduce themselves to each other. They show that it is possible to do both: to feel 100% at home at Evonik and to be completely yourself at the same time.
Colleague Mohamed Amhaoul is the first to tell his story. Read it in Dutch (https://corporate.evonik.be/nl/DI) or in English right here:
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"I am Mohamed Amhaoul, but everyone calls me Moh. I grew up in a Muslim family and am now a husband and father of grown-up children myself. I have been working for Evonik Antwerp since 2005. I started my career at the silanes production unit and after wanderings via the then Cyol unit and the hydrogen peroxid unit, I have been working at the methionine unit for several years now. I am a team leader in the B-team and I am also involved in the employee representation.
By ending up in so many different teams, I have already experienced a lot, both positive and negative. Experiences are real learning opportunities for me. For example, I learned over the years not to react immediately when people say something. I take the time to think. A statement always has a context and you can't just assume it's meant badly.
I'm a big fan of the consultation culture and conversations. If we don't talk to each other, we won't get anywhere. I really believe that. My origins and religion sometimes cause unease in other people. I have learned to be careful with my own reactions, not to make things worse. You always have a choice: stir things up or be smart. I find it smarter to have a calm conversation and not to impose yourself or your own opinion. Believe me, I have experienced it many times: prejudices can be turned around, without fierce discussions or heated situations. Give people time and trust comes almost naturally.
I myself do not accept any form of discrimination. Not in relation to women, colour, religion, race, gender,... and this at no time: not at work, not in the sports club, not in the family. For example, my sisters all started higher education, because I was able to convince my parents of the importance of it. The sports federation, where I am a member of the board, has appointed me as a confidential advisor and I am grateful for that. Here at work, I feel respected. I can be who I am and I wish that for everyone.
I dream of a world where boys and girls get to choose what they study, where firms reflect the diversity of the world. Where no one is afraid to be themselves and everyone respects each other without reservation. We are on the right track, there are many bright spots for those who want to see them.
A successful and great Students@Evonik Community year comes to an end with many exciting and fun events. I am looking forward to a great new year 2022, to connect with many more students, interns and working students here at Evonik. I would like to thank everyone who contributed in the Community over the past year and wish everyone happy holidays and a great start into the new year. 😊🎄🎉
Spend the Winter Solstice with the troop of mini figures featuring Dr. E, the unique cartoon character created by Evonik Communications China team.
Christmas is a time to celebrate and get together not only with family but also with friends and colleagues. It was a great opportunity to be able to exchange experiences and traditions with interns and working students from different contries at our Casual Networking Event in the Students@Evonik meeting! Looking foward to connect and exchange even more in 2022. Marry Christmas!
I was reminded this morning where my love of employer branding started! 💜 It was so energizing talking to our inspirational trainees all around the world at Evonik about our employer brand! What a great way to start my morning 😊☕ Best of luck to all of the trainees! We are happy to have you on the Evonik team!
To me, the christmas season is about coming togehter with family and friends and enjoying the time togehter. But also at work we had some great christmas & end-of-year Get-Togethers. Today I met with my fellow students from the Students@Evonik Community and learnt about international christmas traditions.. 🎄 What a great way to end the year.
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