ZMT advocates an appreciative and prejudice-free working environment that values people and their talents – regardless of age, ethnic or cultural origin and nationality, gender and gender identity, physical and mental abilities, religion and belief, sexual orientation and identity, social background.

Recognising and promoting diverse potential is important for our institute. That is why we signed the Diversity Charta in May 2022. Within the framework of the Diversity Charta, we will:

  • cultivate an organisational culture characterised by mutual respect and appreciation. We create the conditions for group and department leaders and staff members to recognise, share and live these values. In doing so, both have a special obligation.
  • review our HR processes and ensure that they reflect the diverse skills and talents of all staff and our performance aspirations.
  • recognise diversity within and outside the Institute, value the potential it offers and use it to the benefit of our institute. We welcome all talents who want to advance themselves and us.
  • make the contents of the Charta the subject of internal and external dialogue.
  • report on our activities and progress in promoting diversity and appreciation.
  • inform our institute about the added value of diversity and involve them in the implementation of the Charta. We are convinced: Living diversity and valuing this diversity have a positive impact on our institute and on society in Germany.

The Diversity Charta is an employer initiative to promote diversity in companies and institutions. Former German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel is its patron. The initiative aims to advance the recognition, appreciation and inclusion of diversity in organisational culture in Germany. More and more companies and institutions are seeing these benefits: around 4,600 corporations, businesses, public institutions, associations, foundations and federations have now signed the Diversity Charta. Approximately 14.7 million employees benefit from it. More information on diversity management and the Diversity Charta can be found at

At ZMT, Lena Oehlmann is a certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP) and inclusion representative, see also: