„By embracing diversity, we not only enrich our organizational culture but also drive innovation and creativity.“

Matthias Burghardt is an Associate Director at BCG Platinion and supports financial service providers in Central Europe with digital transformations. He studied Information Engineering and Management in Karlsruhe and earned a PhD in Business. Matthias heads the DE&I (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) activities at BCG Platinion in Central Europe as well as the LGBTQ+ network Pride @ BCG Platinion in EMESA where all activities of the Pride members and allies are coordinated.

You were immediately willing to do a joint interview –
thank you again! Why is it a matter close to your heart or a
concern for you to support queer people in the workplace?


Matthias Burghardt: Supporting queer people in the workplace is crucial for me because it fosters a truly inclusive and respectful environment where every individual can thrive. By embracing diversity, we not only enrich our organizational culture but also drive innovation and creativity. It reflects a commitment to equality and human rights, ensuring that everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, has equal opportunities to succeed and contribute to our collective success.

Which initiatives regarding equal opportunities for queer
people in the workplace are you pursuing within your company?


Matthias Burghardt: We are committed to fostering equal opportunities for queer employees through a multifaceted approach. We are building a diverse workforce by actively recruiting from a wide range of backgrounds and promoting an inclusive environment where everyone can bring one’s true self to work. Our initiatives are centered around our close-knit Pride members and allies, creating a “secret sauce” where everyone finds community. We are also enhancing our external communications to reflect our commitment to LGBTQ+ inclusivity.

Which role do allies play in your organization and
how do you engage them in your LGBTQ+ initiatives?


Matthias Burghardt: Allies are incredibly important for the acceptance and inclusion of LGBTQ+ individuals. Especially allies who actively and strongly advocate for queer issues are essential for LGBTQ+ people to feel fully accepted at work. We understand the importance of an inclusive atmosphere among employees, achievable only by integrating the issue into our company culture. Allyship is more than just changing the company flag on LinkedIn or hosting an annual fair. Allies are an integral part of our Pride Community.

What motivated BCG Platinion to become a PROUT EMPLOYER
and what would you like to see in our cooperation?


Matthias Burghardt: Our motivation to become a PROUT EMPLOYER stems from a deep commitment to fostering an inclusive workplace that celebrates diversity and supports the LGBTQ+ community. We aim to lead by example, promoting equality and understanding. In our cooperation, we aspire to share best practices, innovate in diversity initiatives, and create a broader impact through community engagement, advocacy, and awareness programs. Together, we can build a more inclusive world where everyone is empowered to succeed.

What advice would you give to other companies
that have not yet discovered queer diversity for themselves?


Matthias Burghardt: Embrace queer diversity as an asset. It enriches your company culture, drives innovation, and appeals to a broader customer base. Start by creating a safe, inclusive environment where all voices are heard and valued. Invest in diversity training, support LGBTQ+ employee networks, and commit to equitable policies. Learning from and partnering with organizations like PROUT AT WORK can accelerate your journey. Diversity isn’t just right; it’s smart business. Don’t get left behind.

Dear Matthias Burghardt, thank you very much for the interview!