BeyondGenderAgenda

Beyond
Gender
Agenda

Why BGA

Studies

… confirm a statistically significant correlation between diverse leadership teams and financial outperformance. In addition, the inclusion of highly diverse individuals is a significant success factor for higher profitability.

Germany

... is either at the bottom or occupies ranking places in the lower third in representative international studies on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, which we want to change promptly and permanently.

Diversity – Is much more than gender.

Leading positions, particularly in executive and supervisory boards, should be filled with the most suitable persons regardless of disabilities, gender, age, cultural and social background, or sexual orientation and gender identity in order to ensure long-term international competitiveness.

Inclusion – Diversity without inclusion is nothing but PR.

Without an inclusive organizational structure and culture, companies with highly diversified teams will not see economic benefits. However, if an inclusive environment is established, positive results will be seen in recruiting and in retaining of specialists and managers, as well an increase in appreciation for differing contributions.

Objective

BeyondGenderAgenda 

The initiative aims to secure and expand the international competitiveness of German business by strategically, and for the long-term, embedding 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.

In order to make BeyondGenderAgenda a broad movement across society, we are working to drive the public debate through sustainable agenda setting, social media campaigning, studies and active communication with ambassadors.

Dimensions

BeyondGenderAgenda focuses on anchoring DE&I in German economy, politics and society. The dimensions Disability, Ethnicity, Gender, Generation, LGBT+ and Social Mobility represent the target groups for which there is currently no equal opportunity mandates in staffing for executive and supervisory board positions. All dimensions are equally important and there is no ranking or prioritization. BGA's commitment is designed to make individual dimensions redundant over time because equality has been achieved. However, it is likely that more dimensions will be added.

„Der German Diversity Award verkörpert alle Aspekte sowie Möglichkeiten der Gleichberechtigung und Inklusion. Er trägt dazu bei, alle jene großartigen Initiativen sichtbar zu machen, die Diversität und Inklusion auf ihre Art voran treiben und so eine offenere Gesellschaft fördern. Wir freuen uns daher sehr, auch den diesjährigen Award wieder in der Kategorie Audience Award zu unterstützen und großartige Vorbilder auszuzeichnen.“

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„Wir sind der Überzeugung, dass nur durch Vielfalt Innovationen entstehen und kommende Herausforderungen gemeistert werden können. Persönlichkeiten, die sich bereits herausragend für Diversität und Inklusion engagieren, sind die Vorbilder, die es braucht, um Veränderung zu bewirken. Daher freuen wir uns, den German Diversity Award auch in diesem Jahr wieder in der Kategorie Personality of the Year zu unterstützen.“

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„Chancengerechtigkeit steht für die DB an erster Stelle. Die soziale Herkunft eines Menschen darf für die schulische & berufliche Entwicklung nicht entscheidend sein. Als eine der größten Arbeitgeberinnen Deutschlands wollen wir unseren Teil dazu beitragen und Diversity in all ihren Facetten fördern. Daher freuen wir uns sehr, den German Diversity Award 2021 in der Kategorie Social Mobility zu unterstützen.“

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„Nach der gelungenen Premiere des German Diversity Award in 2020, freuen wir uns auch in diesem Jahr die Kategorie Ethnicity zu unterstützen. Denn wir sind überzeugt davon, dass es entscheidend für den Zusammenhalt der Gesellschaft sein wird, dass Menschen mit Migrationsgeschichte echte Aufstiegschancen erhalten. Es gibt nach wie vor zu wenige Unternehmen in Deutschland, die den Wert von diversen Teams erkennen und für sich nutzen.“

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„When we listen and celebrate what is both common and different, we become a wiser, more inclusive, and better organization. Smart teams will do amazing things, but truly diverse teams will do impossible things. Our Great Place to work certification in 23 countries up to now are an important recognition of our strong, cross-regional workplace culture we are aiming for. We are proud to sponsor the German Diversity Award to honor those who are leading by example.“