17. Human Rights

The higher education institution explains which human rights conventions its work is based on and what steps it takes to uphold these in its local, national and international activities, in partnerships and in procurement. It also describes how it is working to raise its members’ awareness of associated issues.

Tolerance and acceptance towards everyone is very important, whether this is the opposite sex, a different origin, or religious affiliation. The Environmental Campus is aware of this relevance and at the same time knows that, for example, the promotion of internationality brings numerous positive synergy effects, such as diversity or increased, multicultural learning and understanding. The Environmental Campus is guided by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted on December 10, 1948 by the General Assembly of the United Nations. Nations and has been continuously developed at UN and EU level since then. One example of commitment in the area of diversity promotion is the "Diversity Reconnect" project, which was launched in cooperation with the non-profit association "BIR inform e.V.". Within the framework of this project, the integration of refugees in the Birkenfeld district was addressed by equipping them with modern chromebooks. The project was supported by dedicated students who helped in particular with the distribution and set-up of the devices as well as with the training of the employees in the local refugee homes. In line with the statement "Language is the key to integration", the Environmental Campus also promotes language acquisition for students and prospective students from abroad by means of a very extensive course and certificate program. This includes, among other things, a buddy program, in which German-speaking students are networked with international students in order to promote a linguistic as well as cultural exchange. Further information can be found in the german Sustainability Report 2017/2018 in the sections "Human rights" (p. 68f) and "Further training and qualification measures" (p. 64ff).