German Diversity Award
Jens Spahn

„Wichtiger als die Frage, wo wir herkommen ist, wo wir gemeinsam hinwollen. Wenn alle Bürgerinnen und Bürger ihre Talente einbringen, sind wir gemeinsam erfolgreich. Hautfarbe, Geschlecht oder Alter dürfen dafür kein Hindernis sein. Zusammen anpacken im Unternehmen und in der Gesellschaft, das macht uns stark. Deshalb ist es richtig und wichtig, dass BeyondGenderAgenda mit dem German Diversity Award den Fokus auf die Chancen von Vielfalt richtet. Unser Land und unsere Unternehmen haben ein enormes Potenzial. Für den gemeinsamen Erfolg in den 20er-Jahren müssen wir es noch besser nutzen.“

Jens Spahn, Bundesgesundheitsminister

German Diversity Award

BeyondGenderAgenda, the initiative for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, hosted the German Diversity Award for the first time in 2020. The awards are to recognize outstanding commitment to diversity through various categories in order to give more attention to the importance of diverse executive and supervisory boards in Germany. In addition, a sustainable cultural change should be brought about with the involvement of politics, society and the economy. 

The 2020 award categories reflected the BeyondGenderAgenda dimensions Disability, Ethnicity, Gender, Generation and LGBT+ and supplemented by the special categories Personality of the Year, Company of the Year and Audience Award . The jury is made up of relevant representatives from business, science, and politics.

The German Diversity Award is a digital-focused event. From the announcement, through the nomination and jury meeting, to the announcement of the winners, the entire process takes place digitally.

The German Diversity Award is given to individuals and companies who have made an outstanding contribution to diversity in their company or the public over the course of the year, in eight categories :

Personality of the Year – For an individual with an outstanding commitment to diversity.
Company of the Year – For a company with an outstanding commitment to diversity.
Audience Award – For an individual, who is selected by our online community, because of their outstanding commitment to diversity.

For individuals and / or companies who are exceptionally involved in one of the five BeyondGenderAgenda dimensions:
Chapter Disability
Chapter Ethnicity
Chapter Gender
Chapter Generation
Chapter LGBT+

The first award ceremony took place digitally on November 18, 2020 on the BeyondGenderAgenda channels.

Next year we will continue to honor outstanding personalities and give role models a stage.
Check back here soon, and on our social media channels, for more information about the German Diversity Award 2021. Until then, be on the lookout for other activities we have planned for 2021!



The Germany Diversity Awards 2020 Ceremony

German Diversity Award

BeyondGenderAgenda hosted the German Diversity Award for the first time in 2020. Watch the awards ceremony to see all of the winners and outstanding role models, pioneers and positive examples that impressed us with their commitment to diversity.

Many thanks also to Deutsche Post DHL, our partner for the award film.

“For years I have been fighting against linear thought and action structures as well as vertical hierarchies that prevent a lot of creativity. Thus, the German Diversity Award is the perfect opportunity to integrate my activities into an ecosystem."

Thomas Schönauer, artist and creator of the award trophy


Drei übergreifende Awards

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About BeyondGenderAgenda

BeyondGenderAgenda has set itself the goal of securing and expanding the international competitiveness of the German economy in the long term by integrating Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) into the DNA of listed and medium-sized companies. Based on the clear connection between D&I and business performance, equal opportunities of managers with disability, of different gender, age, cultural and social background, sexual orientation or gender identity in the composition of board positions and supervisory board mandates should be ensured and thus a change of culture involving politics, society and economy be brought about.

For more information on BeyondGenderAgenda please visit