ZEW Mannheim has received the TOTAL E-QUALITY award for the third time, this year with an additional award for diversity. The institute was honoured by the jury for its successful gender equality policy, its well-established structures for implementing gender equality and its ongoing commitment to promoting equal opportunities.

Group picture with ZEW Managing Director Thomas Kohl, Equal Opportunities Officer Professor Dr. Bettina Peters and Head of the Central Services Department Doris Brettar (from left to right)..
ZEW Mannheim has received the TOTAL E-QUALITY award for the third time, this year with an additional award for diversity.

“For us, diversity means the inclusion of all people regardless of their diverse characteristics and is at the same time a necessary and desired prerequisite for a successful research institute. This is what we at ZEW are actively committed to. We support and integrate employees of all ages, nationalities, beliefs, genders and sexual identities. Therefore, we are very pleased that our commitment has once again been recognised by the TOTAL E-QUALITY award,” explains ZEW Managing Director Thomas Kohl.

The association TOTAL E-QUALITY Deutschland e. V. pursues the goal of establishing and sustainably ensuring equal opportunities and honours active commitment to equal opportunities in organisations. ZEW was awarded the title for the first time in 2015. This year, 60 organisations received the award, 36 of them with the add-on award for diversity.

Innovative HR management projects implemented successfully

According to the jury, the new mission statements on equality, diversity and recruitment as well as the code of conduct regarding family friendliness have been impressively developed further, and ZEW also performs well in terms of staffing, staff development and work-life balance. Newly implemented measures such as the introduction of a gender-sensitive job application management system or the increased recruitment of women for management positions are evidence of the ZEW’s unwavering commitment to strengthening equal opportunities. The jury considers the planned pilot project on blind recruitment to be particularly innovative. The goal is to detach the selection process as much as possible from subjective influences and to test whether equal opportunities can be increased through anonymised applications.