The DIE considers the promotion of gender equality and the better reconciliation of work and family life for women and men as an important strategic cross-sectional task. These concerns are therefore part of the core of our self-image and are anchored in the Institute's mission statement.


We have formally recorded our current situation with regard to gender equality and our development goals in a gender equality plan.

A short version of our equality plan is available here as PDF >


Audit Beruf Familie 2010The DIE is one of 353 companies nationwide that had itself certified as a family- and life-phase-friendly employer in 2017. For the third time since 2010, the institute took part in the „audit berufundfamilie“ and has now been successfully re-audited.

The commitment to work-life balance and corporate health is part of the DIE mission statement.

Creating a human resources policy that focuses on families and the individual life phases of employees is a task that 353 employers have taken on (again) over the past twelve months by successfully completing the auditing process of berufundfamilie Service GmbH. For this they have been awarded the berufundfamilie audit certificate. The audit supports employers in implementing customised and profitable solutions for reconciling work, family and private life and in anchoring reconciliation in the corporate culture.

Claim of the DIE

The commitment to reconciling work and family life picks up on the corresponding principle of the Leibniz Association and is an important prerequisite both for attracting qualified employees and for motivated, committed and successful work at the Institute.

The DIE pursues a sustainable family-friendly human resources policy in order to enable its employees to successfully reconcile work and family life by offering them a wide range of options. The focus is on the professional development of the employees, taking into account their personal and family situation. All employees should be able to organise their professional tasks in such a way that the highest possible benefit is created for the Institute without this being at the expense of their private life.

Further information on the audit berufundfamilie“, the „Strategie Award 2014“ and the „Erfolgsfaktor Familie“


Alessa Geldermans

Vanessa Thelen

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