May 23, 2023
Fresenius signs Diversity Charter
Fresenius has signed the German "Charta der Vielfalt" (Diversity Charter). The healthcare group is thus taking a strong stance for diversity and inclusion in its own company. The Diversity Charter is an initiative to promote diversity in companies and institutions under the patronage of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. The aim of the initiative is to advance the recognition, appreciation, and inclusion of diversity in the working world in Germany. Organizations that sign the charter are working to create a prejudice-free environment in which all employees are valued - regardless of age, ethnic origin and nationality, gender and gender identity, physical and mental abilities, religion and worldview, sexual orientation, and social background.
"Diversity is a strength. People from more than 140 different nations work at Fresenius worldwide, all with different backgrounds and their own history," said Sebastian Biedenkopf, Fresenius Management Board member for Human Resources (Labor Relations Director), Risk Management and Legal. "By signing the Diversity Charter, we commit to creating a prejudice-free working environment where everyone can develop their potential."
Various measures in Fresenius' different business segments help promote diversity, equality, and inclusion. For example, Fresenius offers an education program specifically for women in leadership positions, where participants can also build a network. Furthermore, Helios Kliniken in Germany specifically trains employees to become integration managers, who support foreign colleagues on their arrival in Germany in dealing with authorities and in other situations.
In addition, the Group has various queer communities with contact points and regular meetings, numerous employee networks such as the Women's Initiative in Europe and the Employee Impact Group African Voices, and gender equality training for managers and employees. More information on diversity in practice at Fresenius can be found in the Sustainability Report.
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