"Our society today is more diverse than ever before. Almost one in four people in Germany have a migration background. We are a country of immigration. And: we are a country that protects the dignity and freedom of each and every individual. This is enshrined in the German Constitution. No one is to be discriminated on the basis of origin, gender, religion, worldview, disability, age or sexual identity. Since 2006, this has also been enshrined in the General Equal Treatment Act. This is rightfully so and necessary. As unfortunately, racism and discrimination are not marginal phenomena. This is also demonstrated by the first "National Racism Monitor" commissioned by the Federal Government: Almost half of the respondents have observed racist incidents before. One in five were even affected themselves.
The first step in solving a problem, is to acknowledge that it exists. The second is not to be disheartend by it, but to take action. This claim underlies the German Diversity Charter, aswell as the Diversity Day, which is celebrated for the 10th time this year.
Nowhere else do citizens with very different backgrounds come together, as in the professional and working world. It is here that the social diversity of our country must be reflected - regardless of what your name is, what you believe in, who you love and how old or young you are. Each and every one of us deserves respect. The German Diversity Charter raises awareness towards this. More than 4,500 companies and public institutions have now signed the Charter nationwide. They represent about one third of all employees in Germany. And: there should be many more!
This is why I have gladly taken on the patronage of the Diversity Charter Association. Respect and unity instead of division. Tolerance and fairness instead of exclusion. Equal opportunities instead of prejudice. That is what it is all about. That is our common goal."
(Free translation of the official video statement)