As a member of the Leibniz Association, BIPS is committed to the field of equal opportunities, to the implementation of the research-oriented standards on gender equality of the German Research Association (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft - DFG), and the improvement of the compatibility of family, private life, and work for women and men. It applies the implementation agreement on equality (in German: Ausführungsvereinbarung über die Gleichstellung - AVGlei) in its current version. The implementation of gender equality is a central task for the entire institute and includes all areas of work. These areas are considered key management tasks of the heads of the institute.
Women and men should receive the same professional opportunities and the same fair treatment and support at BIPS. Therefore, BIPS pursues the following objectives:
- Ensuring equal opportunities through equal treatment of women and men
- Counteracting any form of discrimination
- Targeted and sustainable promotion of young researchers in the scientific and non-scientific field
- Expansion of the activities for the reconciliation of family, private life, and work for women and men
- Application of gender-appropriate language in spoken and written language.
BIPS is committed to the sustained implementation of family-friendly personnel policies. In order to have its current activities in this area evaluated and possibly developed further, the certification by the so-called audit on “work and family” was carried out in October 2014 and renewed in 2017 and 2020. The heads of the institute have signed an agreement with objectives for the following three years. The objectives are implemented successively. There are annual progress reports to the certifying organization, the berufundfamilie Service GmbH, as well as to BIPS employees (e.g., at the staff meeting). The measures for family-friendly personnel policies were also recognized by the Senate of Bremen in February 2016 and October 2018.
The equal opportunities officer, Dr. Heike Gerds, and her deputy, Dr. Ronja Foraita, work closely with heads of the institute and the works council and advise the staff, among others, on questions regarding the compatibility of family and work.