Verleihung audit beruf und  familie

MDC named a family-friendly employer

The Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) in Berlin has received a certificate from audit berufundfamilie (audit workandfamily). In the future, MDC employees are to receive targeted support and assistance throughout different phases of their lives.

On June 25, the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) was presented with its audit berufundfamilie certificate by German Family Affairs Minister Franziska Giffey. The MDC had previously successfully completed the dialogue process that is open to employers who have pursued, for at least nine years, a strategic personnel policy that takes family life and specific life phases into an account. The MDC initially received the certificate after its first audit in 2009. Following three successive re-audits, it was able to pass through the dialogue process, after which the certificate is awarded in perpetuity. The audit is conducted by berufundfamilie Service GmbH, which will initiate another dialogue process in three years to assure quality is maintained. The goal is to maintain high standards in the MDC’s personnel policy when it comes to considering family and life-phase needs and to optimize existing potential in certain selected areas.  

Heike Graßmann, Administrative Director of the MDC, Dana Lafuente, head of the Staff Development Department, Christiane Nolte, Women’s Representative and Gabriele Kollinger, staff development at the MDC (from left to right)

“We are delighted about the certificate,” said Professor Heike Graßmann, the MDC’s Administrative Director. “It is both an honor and a commitment” Around 1,600 employees at the MDC have benefitted from the family-friendly measures. In recent years, the number of available spaces at the campus kindergarten has been expanded, a care hotline has been established, and an extensive healthcare and fitness program has been initiated in partnership with other organizations based at the Berlin-Buch campus. The program gives employees discounted gym memberships, for example. In the future, the MDC intends to expand its strategic personnel policy to consider the specific family and life-phase needs of PhD students and of employees who are soon to retire. To do so, it will introduce additional standards such as obligatory appraisal interviews and leadership principles.

Franziska Giffey, Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, with representatives of the award-winning institutions. Heike Graßmann, Administrative Director (3rd from left), accepted the certificate for the MDC.

audit workandfamily

The audit is suitable for employers in any sector and for organizations of any size. It identifies what family and life-cycle measures are currently in place, systematically develops the individual potential of the organization, and ensures that family awareness is anchored in the organizational culture. After successful completion of this process, an independent board of trustees made up of prominent representatives from business, academia, government, and the association sector confers the certificate for the audit. 

Since the audit was introduced in 1998, around 1,800 employers have been awarded the certificate. Currently, a total of 991 employers are certified according to audit berufundfamilie or audit familiengerechte hochschule (audit family-friendly university). Of those, 482 are companies, 106 are universities, and 403 are other organizations and institutes. Around two million employees and 1.4 million university students have benefited.

Further information

Press contact

Jutta Kramm
Head of the Communications Department
Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC)

+49(0)30-9406-2140
jutta.kramm@mdc-berlin.de

The Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC)

 

The Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC) was founded in Berlin in 1992. It is named for the German-American physicist Max Delbrück, who was awarded the 1969 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine. The MDC's mission is to study molecular mechanisms in order to understand the origins of disease and thus be able to diagnose, prevent and fight it better and more effectively. In these efforts the MDC cooperates with the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH ) as well as with national partners such as the German Center for Cardiovascular Research and numerous international research institutions. More than 1,600 staff and guests from nearly 60 countries work at the MDC, just under 1,300 of them in scientific research. The MDC is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (90 percent) and the State of Berlin (10 percent), and is a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. www.mdc-berlin.de

BerufundFamilie Service GmbH

 

berufundfamilie Service GmbH is a service provider and think tank that addresses the issue of how to reconcile the demands of work, family, and private life. It successfully accompanies companies, organizations, and universities in the implementation of a sustainable personnel policy that takes family life and specific life phases into account, and in designing family-friendly research and study conditions. The main service it provides is the audit berufundfamilie (audit workandfamily), which was initiated by the non-profit Hertie Foundation in 1998. Its current patron is German Family Affairs Minister Franziska Giffey. The audit is a strategic management tool that employers can use to shape personnel policies that take family life and specific life phases into account and that increase their attractiveness as an employer. Since 1998, around 1,800 employers have received the audit certificate.

www.berufundfamilie.de