Gender Sensitive Language

In January 2022, the Board of Directors decided to commit to the use of gender-sensitive language.

The commitment entails the use of gender-sensitive language to include all individuals regardless of their gender. The objective is to address all individuals in an inclusive manner – and not just allude to them.

The Equal Opportunities Bureau will be happy to answer any questions employees may have about gender-sensitive language.

Why is gender-neutral language important?

Language shapes our perception, thinking, and actions, and indirectly conveys norms and values. For this reason, it is important to use gender-neutral and non-discriminatory language that makes people of all genders feel seen, included, and given the attention that they are due, rather than taking them for granted. This helps to ensure respectful and appreciative cooperation.

Gender-neutral language in English
Gender-neutral language in job advertisements
How should gender-neutral language be used in German writing?
Can gender-neutral language also be used in spoken German?


Sabrina Schwarz

Referentin für Chancengerechtigkeit Spokesperson for Equal Opportunities

  • Equal Opportunities Bureau (BfC)
Building 04.7 /
Room 316
+49 2461/61-8032
Last Modified: 25.05.2023