In 2013, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft signed the European Commission Recommendation of March 11, 2005 on the European Charter for Researchers and on a Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (in short: »EU-Charta & Code«).
The European Union considers the 40 principles of the »EU-Charta & Code« as a major factor for the attractiveness of scientific institutions as employers and for their commercial success. As Europe’s leading organization for applied research and as project partner in lots of EU-projects, Fraunhofer fulfills these principles. By signing the European Charter and Code for Researchers, the Executive Board of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has clearly indicated to the outside world its commitment to this issue.
In order to underline that EU-Charta and Code are implemented at Fraunhofer and continuously are developed in essential core areas, the board division HR, Law and Exploitation decided to present/submit a »Human Resources Strategy for Researchers – HRS4R« for Fraunhofer and to apply for the EU-Logo »HR Excellence in Research« at the European Commission. A detailed internal analysis and an action plan were prepared for this purpose. In doing so, representatives of the scientific and the administrative staff were consulted as well as staff from research strategies.