“Germany will only remain economically strong in the 2020s if we exploit our full potential. If you want to get involved, you shouldn't have a disadvantage based on gender, age, origin or sexual orientation. That's why I support BeyondGenderAgenda's concern to overcome such categories.”
Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn
has set itself the goal of securing and expanding the international competitiveness of the German economy in the long term by anchoring Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) in the DNA of listed and medium-sized companies.
The goal of the initiative is to ensure equal opportunities for individuals with disabilities, of any gender, age, cultural and social background or different sexual orientation and gender identity when filling management board positions and supervisory board mandates, thus bringing about a cultural change with the involvement of politics, society and business.
BeyondGenderAgenda is the brand and platform for DE&I and currently includes the dimensions Disability, Ethnicity, Gender, Generation, LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and others) and Social Mobility.
"Germany occupies lower ranks in international diversity and inclusion studies. This puts the long-term international competitiveness of our economy at risk. In addition, without an inclusive, appreciative work environment, it will become more and more difficult for companies to attract top talent from the market and, above all, to retain it. Diversity without real inclusion is nothing but PR and will not bring the positive results that diversified leadership teams can actually achieve."