Committed to diversity: Humboldt Foundation supports the Diversity Charter

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The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has signed the Diversity Charter, committing itself to creating a working environment that is respectful and free of biases and to making diversity in corporate culture a subject of internal and external discussion.


The path to signing the Charter was prepared by the work of the Foundation’s internal Diversity working group. The Foundation sees itself as an open-minded organisation that considers diversity among its staff and in its network to be an asset and a non-discriminatory environment to be a matter of course. Now that the Charter has been signed, ideas for increasing diversity in all areas of the Foundation are to be developed and implemented.

The Diversity Charter is a corporate initiative to promote diversity in companies and institutions. It was launched in December 2006 by four companies and is supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration, Minister of State Annette Widmann-Mauz.

The initiative aims to promote the recognition, appreciation and integration of diversity into Germany’s working world. The non-profit association Charta der Vielfalt e. V. has been responsible for the initiative since 2010. It took up its work under the patronage of Dr Angela Merkel in 2011.

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