The Charta der Vielfalt is a corporate initiative to promote diversity in companies and institutions. It was initiated in December 2006 by four companies and is supported by the Commissioner for the Federal Government for Migration, Refugees and Integration, State Minister Annette Widmann-Mauz.
The initiative aims to promote the recognition, appreciation and integration of diversity into Germany’s business culture. Organisations should create a working environment free of biases. All employees should be valued – regardless of gender and sexual identity, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or worldview, physical ability, age, sexual orientation and identity.
The core idea of the initiative is a certificate, a charter (here is its wording). This is the Charta der Vielfalt in the literal sense, and a voluntary commitment on the part of the signatories to promote diversity and appreciation in business culture. Over 3,000 companies and organisations with a total of more than 12 million employees have already signed, and new signatories are continually being added.
The initiative became a non-profit association in 2010. The Charta der Vielfalt e. V. began operating in 2011 under the aegis of Dr. Angela Merkel.
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 Germany’s Diversity Day, which has taken place this year for the sixth time on 5 June 2018. On this day of action, companies and institutions publicised their commitment to diversity. More than 2,000 actions were carried out by more than 600 organisations. Save the date for Germany's Seventh Diversity Day on 28 May 2019!
Once a year, the DIVERSITY Conference offers an exchange and networking among specialists, practitioners and interested parties. The next conference will take place on 14-15 November 2019.
The Charta der Vielfalt started the national DIVERSITY CHALLENGE competition for young trainees and employees in the fall of 2017. In the scope of the competition, young people are invited to actively initiate and directly co-design projects on the topic of diversity in their companies and organisations. The competition participants are supported and accompanied in developing the concept and implementing their projects with workshops across Germany and via an online platform. More than 120 teams have signed up so far.
The economy needs people with disabilities. With a view to demographic challenges, more and more companies are thus placing particular value on inclusion. Together with its partners, the Federal Employment Office, the Federal Confederation of German Employers’ Associations and the UnternehmensForum, the Charta der Vielfalt honours particularly good examples with the “Inclusion Prize for Business”. Jointly, the initiating organisations want to provide impetus on how to best make use of the potential of people with disabilities. The Inclusion Prize for Business will be awarded in 2019 for the seventh time. Recognition is given to companies of different sizes and from all industries.
Beyond projects, the Charta der Vielfalt publishes handbooks and dossiers on various topics relating to diversity management. You can get an overview of the publications in the media library “Understanding diversity”.