Messer signs Diversity Charter


Messer, the largest family-run industrial gases specialist worldwide, has signed the Diversity Charter, underlining its commitment to creating a respectful working environment free of prejudice.

This initiative to promote diversity in companies and institutions is run under the aegis of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

By taking this step, Messer is setting another clear example of its commitment to diversity and tolerance and signalling that all employees are valued irrespective of their gender and gender identity, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or ideology, disability, age or sexual orientation and identity. In 2019, the company had already taken part in the “Made in Germany – Made by Diversity” initiative, joining a total of around 50 German family-owned companies in speaking out in favour of open-mindedness and against xenophobia.

Stefan Messer, owner and CEO of Messer Group GmbH, emphasises: “Mutual trust and respect for human diversity are deep-rooted values forming the immutable basis of how we deal with each other”. Diversity management is a cross-cutting issue. The idea behind it is that employees are best able to contribute their potential in an organisational culture where diversity is taken for granted in everyday life. Moreover, such a culture promotes the diversity of ideas or products that are synonymous with the organisation.

“Championing and harnessing diversity has never been more important. It offers considerable untapped potential – after all, our society is much more diverse and differentiated now than ever before. If we are to tap into this potential, we need to take a stand for a respectful way of dealing with each other – contrary to some opinions in politics and society,” says Aletta Gräfin von Hardenberg, Director of diversity charter association Charta der Vielfalt e.V.


Messer Cutting Systems is a global supplier of cutting edge technology. The company offers products and services for the metalworking industry which set standards world-wide. As market leader in its branch, the machine manufacturer supplies complete solutions and concentrates strategically on advising its customers and customer oriented innovation. Here, the company focusses on the digitalisation of processes and products. Messer Cutting Systems is represented with more than 800 employees in 5 main locations with production facilities and in more than 50 countries.

The product range includes oxyfuel, plasma and laser cutting systems from hand guided machines right up to special machines for shipbuilding as well as machines and equipment for oxyfuel welding, cutting, brazing, soldering and heating. Spare parts, repairs, modernisation, maintenance and service as well as environmental technology round out the product portfolio. In-house software solutions optimise production and business processes. The product range is extended by solutions from technology partners, for example in the field of automation.

An intensive dialogue with our customers has prime position – the modern training centre makes this claim clear. World-wide, Messer Cutting Systems is the partner of choice for cutting systems, oxyfuel technology and customer consultancy.