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21. June 2017

On June 20th, 2017 in Berlin, the Federal Minister of Family Affairs, Dr. Katarina Barley, awarded Dr. Olaf Köller the audit berufundfamilie-certificate of merit for the IPN’s family friendly work environment. With the permanent certificate the foundation honors the institute’s long time focus on creating a positive work-life balance for its employees. The IPN is the first of the Leibniz Institutions to receive such a perpetual certificate of merit.


Prof. Dr. Olaf Köller, Managing Scientific Director of the IPN (2nd l.) received the permanent certificate of the audit berufundfamilie from Federal Minister of Family Affairs Dr. Katarina Barley (1st r.), and the director of the non-profit Hertie foundation, John-Philip Hammersen (1st l.).
Photo: berufundfamilie Service GmbH, Thomas Ruddies/ Christoph Petras


The audit berufundfamilie (the assessment of work environment) is the central function of the berufundfamilie Service GmbH, which is an initiative of the non-profit Hertie foundation. The audit supports employers in the implementation of HR policies that create a family friendly work and study environment. An independent panel of renowned representatives of industry, science, politics, and various organizations decides on awarding and extending the certificate of the berufundfamilie Service GmbH.