Diversity Charter

in Germany

Have you known? 2,950 companies, public institutions and other organisations have signed the charter in Germany yet. More than 10.4 million people work for these signatories. 21 charters are established all over Europe now and the movement is still growing!

The Charta der Vielfalt (diversity charter) is a corporate initiative to promote diversity in companies and institutions. Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel is the initiative’s patron. The Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration, Annette Widmann-Mauz, 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 four multinationals. Since then, more than 2,950 companies and public institutions have signed the charter and new signatories are being added on a continual basis.

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I am Diversity

10 years of the Diversity Charter is a good time to take stock, with regard to the question: What role does diversity play in your company? 2016 we published our study "Diversity in Germany" with answers from 349 of our signatories and 250 randomly selected companies that have not yet signed up the Diversity Charter. The study allows basic conclusions to be drawn about the way companies and organisations approach diversity management.

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:

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The German Diversity Charter Initiative

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