The Charta der Vielfalt (diversity charter) is a corporate initiative to promote diversity in companies and institutions. Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel is the initiative’s patron. The Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration, Aydan Özoguz, supports the initiative.
The initiative aims to promote the recognition, appreciation and integration of diversity into Germany’s business culture. Organisations are to create a working environment free of prejudice. All employees should be valued – regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or worldview, disability, age, sexual orientation and identity.
The Charta der Vielfalt was initiated in December 2006 by Daimler, BP Europa SE (formerly Deutsche BP), Deutsche Bank and Deutsche Telekom. Since then, more than 2,300 companies and public sector institutions have signed the charter and new signatories are being added on a continual basis.
Since 2010, the sponsor of the initiative has been the non-profit association Charta der Vielfalt e.V. Here you will find more information about the association.
The Charta der Vielfalt shapes the substantive discourse around diversity management in Germany with various projects:
- The Charta der Vielfalt e.V. is the initiator of the national Germany’s First Diversity Day, which will talke place this year for the forth time on 7 June 2016. On this day of action, companies and institutions publicise their commitment to diversity. In 2015, more than 850 actions were carried out by more than 420 organisations.
- Once a year, the DIVERSITY Conference offers an exchange and networking among specialists, practitioners and interested parties. The next conference will take place on 10-11 November 2016.
- In the project “Jugend denkt Vielfalt in NRW”, which is about ideas of young people for Diversity in NRW, the Charta der Vielfalt e.V., its participating member companies (Bayer, BP and Daimler) and charter signatories (Karstadt, Lindt & Sprüngli and RWE Power) actively seek dialogue with young people on the topic of diversity in the workplace. Together with the participating companies, 180 young people develop recommendations on dealing with diversity and learn about the opportunities and requirements of the business world.
- The association informs about various diversity-related topics in the form of thematic dossiers. The first dossier was published in June 2012 with the title Jung - Alt - Bunt. Diversity und der demografische Wandel. It deals with the way the demographic change influences the society. The second dossier Weltoffen = Zukunftsfähig?! Diversity Management und Internationalität. The question asked is wether open-minded thinking is equal to Sustainable?! Therefore the dossier is about Diversity Management and Internationality and was released in September 2013. In 2014, the third dossier Vielfalt erkennen - Strategien für einen sensiblen Umgang mit unbewussten Vorurteilen has been published. This dossier shows different ways of recognising diversity and strategies for dealing sensitively with unconscious bias.