The Biology Centre follows the goals of the Government Office of the Czech Republic strategy for 2021-2030. With approximately 800 employees, it is a large multicultural scientific and research institution. BC has been actively addressing the topic of gender since 2016 as part of the activities aimed at obtaining the HR Award. As a follow-up to the fulfilment of the points of the Action Plan, addressing the themes containing the gender issue topics was strengthened.
The Gender Equality Plan (GEP) document was accepted by BC management on 1/1/2022.
Equality and fairness are among their top priorities. The BC has long adhered to the principles of equality in relation to the Labour Code of the Czech Republic, the Code of Ethics of the CAS and the Code of Ethics of the BC. These are the principles of diversity, inclusion and equality. Gender equality indicators and the availability of disaggregated data play an important role in gender mainstreaming. Women and men have equal rights and self-determination in all aspects and phases of working life in the BC. The BC promotes mutual respect and appreciation and the free exchange of views, ideas and experiences. In the normal course of the institution, the BC treats all employees equally, taking into account all diversity (social, national, ethnic, gender, sexual, religious, economic, educational, health and age). The BC creates an equal working environment for all staff, from administrative, technical and early career researchers to experienced senior staff. The BC also supports the work-life balance of its employees.
The BC has identified five core areas, within which a total of 13 equality and gender-related objectives have been specified.
- AREA 1: WORK-LIFE BALANCE, ORGANISATIONAL CULTURE AND COMBATING STEREOTYPES
- AREA 2: GENDER BALANCE IN MANAGEMENT POSITIONS AND DECISION-MAKING BODIES
- AREA 3: GENDER EQUALITY IN RECRUITMENT AND PROMOTION
- AREA 4: INTEGRATING THE GENDER DIMENSION INTO THE CONTENT OF RESEARCH AND INNOVATION
- AREA 5: PREVENTION OF GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE, INCLUDING SEXUAL HARASSMENT