Equal Opportunities

Bern University of Applied Sciences promotes genuine equal opportunities for women and men. It is committed to diversity and promotes equal opportunities for all employees and students. It advocates a respectful and reflective approach to similarities and differences as well as the reduction of discrimination.

Equal opportunities and Diversity at BFH

BFH deems equal opportunities and diversity to be leadership tasks. As cross-cutting issues equal opportunities and diversity permeate alle areas. The Office of Equal Opportunities with its associated Specialist Service and a permanent committee coordinates all BFH activities in the field of equal opportunities and diversity and provides counselling and support in the implementation process.

Equal opportunities for women and men

Bern University of Applied Sciences promotes genuine equal opportunities for women and men, and it strives for a balanced gender distribution in all areas, at all hierarchical levels and in all functions.

Areas of action for the realisation of equality for women and men at BFH are laid down in the BFH Statute, Art. 44, and in the Regulations on Equal Rights for Women and Men of BFH (GFMR).

The annual Gender-Reporting shows the breakdown of women and men in the various positions at BFH.

Using the standard analysis model of the federal government (instrument logib), the BFH analyzes its salary practices every two years with regard to equal pay between female and male employees and is represented on the white list of Respect8-3.ch.

Action plan Equal Opportunities and Diversity 2021–2024

The Action Plan Equal Opportunities and Diversity 2021–2024 combines measures from BFH Strategy 2020 and the Diversity Concept. Existing measures for equal opportunities are to be implemented and diversity measures from the Diversity Concept pushed forward. The University Executive Board has authorised twelve prioritised and substantiated measures in six fields of action. See the table «Prioritised measures».

Diversity Concept and Diversity Policy

With a Diversity Concept BFH has started a process for building diversity competence. In its Diversity Policy BFH manifests its ethical stance in dealing with diversity. The policy represents the commitment of BFH for more equal opportunities, a reflective and respectful approach to similarities and differences as well as protection against discrimination.

Gender- and diversity-sensitive language

Language shapes our reality and our thinking. That is why, in order to make equal opportunities possible, discrimination-free and inclusive language in which each and all are addressed equally is essential.

Equal opportunities – services and contact points

BFH promotes equal opportunities for its employees and students. It supports balancing of studies and job with family life, in its environment it is committed to tackling sexual harassment and it endeavours to make daily life and access as barrier-free as possible for students and employees with disabilities.