The German Development Institute/ Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) runs a family-oriented personnel policy to achieve a better reconciliation of work and family life. To earn the certificate “audit berufundfamilie”, DIE had to undergo a thorough review of its efforts in reconciling work and family life within the Institute. Based on eight areas of action, the review included a survey of the Institute’s specific potentials as well as the creation of a tailored, extensive and successful strategy for DIE to improve its family-friendliness. In 2012, DIE was awarded the certificate "audit berufundfamilie" for the first time. In 2015, the Institute has been re-certified. The re-audit aims to ensure that institutions implement a sustainable family-conscious HR policy. The successful re-certification honours again the sustainable process of family-friendly policy at DIE.
Over the last few years, the Institute has made several improvements to its operations. DIE fosters the compatibility of work and family life through family-conscious work time models, flexi-time for employees with small children, flexible work site solutions, help to bridge shortfalls in day care by providing a mobile children’s corner and subsidies to day care fees. More than 100 families of employees benefit currently from DIE’s family conscious corporate culture.
For the future, DIE wants to further advance the family-friendliness of the Institute.
The family audit is a continuous process. The practical implementation of the objectives and activities are reviewed annually by the berufundfamilie gGmbH (a non-profit private limited company). Three years after the re-certification there will be another re-audit. This means the process has reached the status of a classical audit.
With the certification, the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) joins a group of about 1,600 other German companies, universities and institutions which have been appointed by the “audit berufundfamilie”. The certificate is awarded by berufundfamilie, an initiative of the Hertie foundation. The certified employers are considered to be pioneers relating their personnel policy, providing their employees with considerably more family-friendly working conditions, compared to German national average.