Hochschule Geisenheim University

Diversity as a Chance – The Corporate Charter of Diversity for Germany

The diversity of modern society, influenced by globalization and reflected in demographic changes, is affecting economic life in Germany. We have come to realize that we can only be successful economically if we acknowledge and leverage the existing diversity. That includes the diversity of our workforces and the diverse needs of our customers and other business partners. Diverse competencies and talents on the part of staff open new opportunities for innovative and creative solutions.

The implementation of the Charter of Diversity in our organization aims at creating a work environment free of prejudice. We deeply respect all colleagues irrespective of gender, nationality, ethnic background, religion or worldview, disability, age, and sexual preference and identity.

Appreciation and promotion of these diverse potentials produce economic benefits for our organisation. We foster an atmosphere of acceptance and mutual trust. This will have positive effects on our reputation with our partners and customers in Germany and in other countries in the world.

In the framework of this Charter we are committed to

  1. fostering a corporate culture characterized by mutual respect and appreciation of every single individual. We seek to create conditions such that everyone (superiors and co-workers) respects, practices and acknowledges these values. This will require explicit support from leaders and superiors.
  2. validating and ensuring that our human resource processes are compatible with the diverse competencies, abilities and talents of our employees, as well as with our own performance standards.
  3. recognising the diversity of society inside and outside our organization, appreciating the intrinsic potential residing in it, and endeavouring to utilize it profitably for our business or organization.
  4. ensuring that the implementation of the Charter will be a subject of internal and external communication.
  5. publicizing on an annual basis our own activities and progress in promoting diversity.
  6. and keeping our own employees and colleagues informed about diversity and actively involved in implementing the Charter.

Above all we are going to

  • foster a working, learning and living environment which is free from prejudice and discrimination, and which offers equal and fair learning and development possibilities.

We are definitely convinced that practicing and appreciating diversity will have a positive impact on German society. We welcome and support this business initiative!