DDZ Receives audit berufundfamilie Certificate for the Fifth Time

On June 13, 2023, in Berlin, the DZD partner German Diabetes Center (DDZ) was again recognized for its family- and phase-of-life-conscious human resources policy during the 25th “berufundfamilie” (job and family) certificate award ceremony. This fifth re-certification cements the Dusseldorf research institute’s position as a family-friendly employer where excellent research, family, and private life are fully compatible.

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The German Diabetes Center received the audit certificate for the first time in 2011 as a seal of quality for sustainably designed corporate reconciliation policies, with each certificate valid for three years. After the successful completion of the second dialogue procedure, the DDZ was awarded a Certificate without Distinction with a permanent character. This reflects a long-term, sustainable, family- and phase-of-life-conscious human resources policy.

This makes the DDZ one of 323 organizations – 140 companies, 148 institutions, and 35 universities – to receive this year’s award. “Exceptional research is only possible when excellent staff decides to remain with us in the long term. For this reason, the DDZ has framework conditions for younger and older staff members. The awarding of this certificate highlights this,” says Professor Michael Roden, Scientific Director and Executive Board Member of the DDZ. Dr. Birgit Knebel, Equal Opportunities Officer and the person responsible for the regular auditing process adds: “Personal management is not static and requires regular and continuous adjustment to changes in the labor market coupled with regular external assessment. For this reason, we always set our goals for the coming years during each re-audit.”

239 DZD staff currently benefit from reconciliation measures. The options include flexible work hours and location, part-term positions, graduated part-time work, reintegration following parental leave, a parent-child office, an affiliated family service provider to support our staff, health-promoting measures, and exercise activities. In the future, we plan to expand hybrid and flexible working as crosscutting issues for the reconciliation of job, family, and private life as part of health and life-situation-conscious management.

The audit is offered by berufundfamilie Service GmbH, which will schedule a dialogue process to carry out quality assurance of the certificate in three years. The objective of the dialogue process is to maintain a high level of development in the family- and phase-of-life-conscious human resource policies and family-friendly work and study conditions and to use optimization potential in selected individual areas.

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