Diversity Management

Diversity in action

The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), Germany's largest engineering and science research institution, employs approximately 10,000 people from almost 100 countries.

Knowledge for tomorrow

DLR needs these diverse talents for its cutting-edge research. The goal of diversity management is to enrich personnel policy in such a way that employees are optimally supported and their innovative capacity can develop in the best possible way. This results in maximum creativity at DLR and the integration of many perspectives on the same issue.

DLR is a co-signatory of the 'Charta der Vielfalt'. In doing so, it has committed itself to creating a working environment that is characterised by mutual respect and appreciation and is free of prejudice. The 'Diversity Charter' is an initiative to promote diversity in companies and institutions in Germany.

The topic of equal opportunities also has a long tradition at DLR. However, women are not yet represented to a satisfactory degree, particularly in the scientific and technical professions. A central aspect of diversity management is therefore to sustainably increase the proportion of female scientists and engineers, especially in management positions. To this end, DLR has set itself target quotas for certain career stages in the scientific and technical fields.

Everything in balance

Above all, offers for a good work-life balance are very important to employees. It is not just parents who benefit from this, as today most of them want to share family tasks and professional activities. Employees without children also appreciate many of the offers, as they are given greater time flexibility.

Below you will find a list of some of the services provided by DLR as part of a life-phase-oriented personnel policy:

  • Numerous, flexible work (time) models, such as flexitime and part-time models, leadership in reduced working hours, the option of alternating teleworking and mobile working.
  • Advisory services on all aspects of childcare and nursing care provided by an external cooperation partner and an internal family counselling centre
  • Vacation programs for school children
  • Childcare places in daycare facilities for children under 3 years of age at all major sites
  • A structured reintegration process following family-related leave
  • A comprehensive range of information

An outstanding HR policy

Since 2004, the DLR has been regularly awarded the TOTAL E-QUALITY rating for its outstanding human resources policy oriented towards equal opportunities and diversity.

DLR staff
The short film shows DLR with all its research departments and facets – and above all the more than 8,000 people that make all these things possible!


Patricia Femppel

Head Diversity Management
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Linder Höhe, 51147 Cologne