Ensuring a diverse, gender fair and family friendly environment with equal opportunities for all employees and adequate working conditions for young families is one of the key concerns of SAFE. From its start, SAFE developed a number of affirmative measures to promote equal opportunities and support families. The mission of SAFE is to create awareness for equal opportunities, empower individuals to combine family and career, counter stereotypes and accommodate where possible to individual life plans.
To date, there is a clear underrepresentation of women in research, especially in leading senior positions. SAFE is striving to counteract by continuously increasing the share of women among its research staff. The guiding principle of selecting the most qualified candidate for a position remains unaffected by this.
Concept for Equal Opportunities
An overview of the measures to achieve equal opportunities as well as a family friendly environment is provided in the SAFE Concept for Equal Opportunities.
Award for Exemplary Action
In 2021, SAFE was awarded the ”TOTAL E-QUALITY” certificate for the second consecutive time for exemplary action in terms of a human resource management aimed at providing equal opportunities. This title is conferred by the TOTAL E-QUALITY Association and certifies a successful and sustainable commitment to equal opportunities for women and men at work. SAFE had received the first cerftificate in 2018.
According to the jury of TOTAL E-QUALITY Deutschland e.V. concerning the second award, equal opportunities and compatibility of family and career are "an integral part of the extensive reorganization process" for SAFE since its founding in 2013. This is clearly reflected in the excellent institutionalization of equal opportunities and in other fields of action that are also backed up by many measures, such as the compatibility of family and career, staffing and personnel development.