The Max Planck Institute for Human Development is committed to
promoting equal opportunities for women and men. We take both
organizational and personnel measures to facilitate the reconciliation
of work and family life and to promote women’s careers. Our aim is to
ensure a positive environment that promotes and supports excellence.
The Equal Opportunities Commissioner at the Max Planck Institute for
Human Development monitors and supports the implementation of these
goals and is the contact person for all questions regarding gender
equality and gender sensitivity. She is involved in organizational,
social, and personnel measures that concern gender equality,
reconciliation of work and family life, and protection against sexual
harassment and bullying at the workplace. A code of conduct defines the Max Planck Society’s policy of protection against sexualized discrimination, harassment and violence.
In order to achieve an equal gender balance, the Max Planck Society
promotes the implementation of family-friendly policies. In 2018, it
received the Hertie Foundation’s berufundfamilie
quality seal for the fifth time. The quality seal is awarded to
employers for their achievements in implementing sustainable
family-friendly practices and policies.
In addition, the Max Planck Society has initiated mentoring schemes as well as programs and events to advance the career development of women in science (more information here).