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Foreign Minister Steinmeier signs Germany’s Diversity Charter

28.08.2014

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and the Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration, Minister of State Aydan Özoğuz, signed Germany’s Diversity Charter today.

Afterwards, Foreign Minister Steinmeier said:

No other economy is as connected with the world to the same extent as the German economy. We simply cannot afford a situation where people are discriminated against in Germany on the basis of their background, nationality or religion, and have less chance of enjoying a successful career. The Federal Foreign Office also needs bright and open‑minded young people from a very wide range of backgrounds in order to become even better at what it does. I would therefore like to expressly encourage young people of migrant origin to apply to the Federal Foreign Office. We need you.

Minister of State Aydan Özoğuz underlined the importance of the Diversity Charter for changing the business culture:

The fact that the Charter was launched as a business initiative is a seal of quality for corporate culture in Germany. Openness and tolerance are not merely decorative features for our export‑oriented industry, but rather an essential requirement.

Ana-Cristina Grohnert, chairperson of the association Charta der Vielfalt e.V., said:

The Federal Foreign Office’s signature of the Diversity Charter sends a strong political signal in Germany and abroad. As a business initiative, we are also convinced that putting diversity into practice creates many advantages for German business and industry, and is of particular benefit to our global economic relations.

The aim of the Diversity Charter is to establish a working environment where employees are valued regardless of their sex, nationality, ethnic background, religion, beliefs, physical ability, age, sexual orientation and identity.

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