The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development
Diversity at the IOER
The IOER address the concept of Diversity by looking at the dimensions gender, age, ethnic origin, social origin and conditions of life, religion/belief, health/disability and sexual identity. Nevertheless, we are aware that a person's personality is made up of many more facets than the six dimensions listed.
The disability dimension is supported at the IOER by the elected representation of the interests of severely disabled employees and employees with equal rights. Here, it is our concern to support those affected in their professional participation and to protect them from disadvantages in the employment relationship. In the application process, severely disabled applicants and those with equal status are generally invited to an interview, provided their qualification is not obviously unsuitable for the advertised position.
In 2021, the IOER was awarded the "Total E-Quality" certificate (in German) for equal opportunities in business and science for the fourth time in a row - and again with the additional certificate "Diversity".
The jury particularly highlighted the fact that "the large number of precisely tailored measures set standards for the Leibniz Association in many areas and the jury was impressed by the participatory culture on the topics of equality and diversity.
The "Total E-Quality" rating can be reapplied for every three years. The IOER was awarded it for the first time in 2012.
The IOER also signed the "Charta der Vielfalt" in 2018. In doing so, we commit ourselves to, among other things:
Cultivate an organisational culture characterised by mutual respect and appreciation of every individual, recognise the diversity of society within and outside the organisation, inform our employees about diversity and involve them in the implementation of the Charter.