Equality and Diversity Policy

BioConsult SH GmbH & Co. KG is committed to equality and diversity.

We promote a culture that actively values difference and recognises that people from different backgrounds and experiences bring valuable insights to the workplace and enhance the way we work.

BioConsult SH GmbH & Co. KG strives to be an inclusive organisation that values, respects and builds on diversity and is able to recruit and retain a diverse workforce.

BioConsult SH GmbH & Co. KG is committed to being proactive in tackling discrimination and disadvantage and aims to ensure that no person or group is directly or indirectly discriminated against for any reason in employment or access to its services.

Equality means that all people have the same rights. This is also enshrined in the "General Equal Treatment Act (Allgemeines Gleichbehandlungsgesetz – AGG)".

Diversity means variety of people and ways of life. Diversity aims at the recognition and appreciation of all people, regardless of their social, ethnic, etc. origin, their gender, their sexual orientation, their religious affiliation or world view, their age, their physical or mental abilities or other characteristics. 

This policy applies to employees; applicants and customers of BioConsult SH GmbH & Co. KG.

We expect our contractors to be committed to equality and diversity.

Existing employees, applicants or workers will be treated fairly in an environment free from any form of discrimination in relation to age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, ethnic origin, nationality, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation, caring responsibilities, part-time employment, trade union membership or non-membership, or criminal convictions served.

All employment-related policies, practices and procedures shall be applied impartially and objectively. All employees shall have equal opportunities to develop and reach their full potential.

BioConsult SH GmbH & Co. KG does not tolerate processes, attitudes and behaviour that amount to violence and assault, direct discrimination, associated discrimination, discrimination by perception, indirect discrimination including harassment (harassment by third parties), victimisation and bullying through prejudice, ignorance, thoughtlessness, and stereotyping.

As an employer committed to diversity and equality, BioConsult SH GmbH & Co. KG recognises that its success depends on creating a work environment that supports the diverse composition of its workforce and provides a framework for support through appropriate policies and procedures.

BioConsult SH GmbH & Co. KG takes all allegations of discrimination very seriously and will take appropriate action against those concerned. Discrimination occurs when someone directly or indirectly discriminates against a person or a group of persons based on a protected characteristic such as age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, ethnic origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. This applies to all behaviour, including verbal and non-verbal remarks and innuendos that constitute offence.

Any employee who is subjected to harassment, bullying, assault, violence or discrimination is encouraged to contact management, a trusted employee or a project group leader immediately. All employees have a responsibility to guard against any form of discrimination and to avoid any action contrary to the spirit of this policy. Therefore, employees at all levels must ensure that their decisions and behaviour are non-discriminatory.

BioConsult SH GmbH & Co. KG will not tolerate any behaviour by employees that contravenes our Equality and Diversity Policy. Such breaches will be considered misconduct and may result in disciplinary action up to and including summary dismissal.

BioConsult SH GmbH & Co. KG does not tolerate harassment, violence, and assault. BioConsult SH GmbH & Co. KG works in an appreciative and people-oriented manner. We would like to point out that coercion (e.g., threat of a serious evil, such as the threat of violence, etc.) is also a punishable offence from a legal point of view. Disregard for this culture will result in disciplinary action and, at a minimum, will result in release from the site/job/project while the investigation continues and dismissal if necessary.


Last updated: 28.06.2023