15. Equal Opportunities

The company discloses in what way it has implemented national and international processes and what goals it has for the promotion of equal opportunities and diversity, occupational health and safety, participation rights, the integration of migrants and people with disabilities, fair pay as well as a work-life balance and how it will achieve these.

At the end of 2011, Fraunhofer signed the Diversity Charter. We support equal opportunity measures and actively pursue diversity management: all employees are treated and valued without prejudice – independent of gender, nationality, ethnicity, religion or world view, disability, age, sexual orientation and identity. Since 2012 the diversity topic is taken care of by the newly created position of a diversity officer.
An annual increase of the percentage of female scientists by 0.5 percent in the next 4 years is planned. For this, every fourth new position would need to be filled by a woman.
Additional measures for promoting the future generation of scientists can be found in the Fraunhofer mentoring and female doctoral student program.