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Diversity and inclusion

The EPO fosters diversity and inclusion. Almost 7 000 staff from 35 countries are living proof that a successful organisation is one that leverages the diversity of its workforce.

We provide fair and equal opportunities for all staff, regardless of nationality, belief, gender, origin, health and sexual orientation or identity. Equal pay for women and men has been our practice since we opened our doors in 1977.

The EPO has an inclusive work environment and culture, and promotes this diversity in all activities, whether conferences, e-learning materials, awareness campaigns, networking or other events.


> "Together for gender diversity" conference

In June 2018, we celebrated Germany's 6th Diversity Day by holding a staff conference on gender diversity at our Munich offices. 

"Together for gender diversity" is a multiphased and participative programme built on input from our staff. In the run-up to the conference, staff were invited to share their views on the EPO's gender diversity culture via an online survey and to take part in group discussions to explore attitudes, overt and covert bias, challenges and opportunities.

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> "Women in the Lead" mentoring programme

Globally, more women should be given the possibility to pursue leadership roles. With this programme, which we launched on Women's Day 2019, we hope to instil confidence in women and encourage them to reach for new professional challenges.

The EPO has already implemented training on fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace, as well as awareness-raising activities that are based on our new code of ethics and our core values of diversity and respect.

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> Girls’ Day

We are also playing our part in raising the next generation of female engineers and helping to close the gender gap in science and engineering. The young women who attended our Girls' Day events in Munich (28 March 2019) and The Hague (11 April 2019) were inspired and motivated by the experience.