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Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)

ESMT Berlin strives for an inclusive, diverse, and equitable working and learning environment.

In 2019, ESMT signed the “Charta der Vielfalt” (Diversity Charter), joining Germany’s largest network of companies and organizations committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment in which to work and learn.

Our faculty, staff, and students are thus committed to:

  • Nurturing a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community that enables personal transformation through learning and development;
  • Creating a culture that welcomes a wide variety of perspectives and promotes thoughtful and respectful engagement;
  • Valuing the unique perspectives of all in our diverse community; and
  • Addressing systemic barriers to fulfilling our commitment.


Diversity scholarships

ESMT offers scholarships to support people from diverse backgrounds. These are listed by program:

DEI videos

Scholarships: Ukrainian female refugees

With the joint program “BMW Group Fellowships for Ukraine”, the BMW Group and international business school ESMT Berlin are offering up to ten female refugees from Ukraine the opportunity to participate in the ESMT Global Online MBA at no cost.


Fighting AI bias means championing LGBTIQ+ rights

In episode 26 of Campus 10178, the ESMT business podcast, host Tammi L. Coles (she/her) welcomes Arjun Subramonian (they/them), a computer science PhD student at UCLA and a member of Queer in AI. The episode delves into the intersection of AI, queer and gender identities, and the digital rights of marginalized communities.

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  • Panel pledge

    The pledge was approved by ESMT on February 8, 2022. ESMT Berlin commits to:

    1. Non-academic events offered by the school will not feature an all-male panel.
    2. Speakers from ESMT, who are requested to participate in external non-academic events, will ask the organizer about the gender balance of the program.

    We believe that only by actively encouraging female voices will we achieve change.

  • Code of conduct

    ESMT seeks to contribute to a sustainable and diverse society that is free of discrimination and violence. Every interaction should ensure that the behaviors of students, employees, and all members of the ESMT community are:

    • free of discrimination (e.g. gender identity, age, ethnicity, origin, religion, disability, etc.), and
    • free of harassment (e.g. sexual, stalking and bullying/mobbing, etc.).

    Read further here.

    Watch our video here


Women in leadership

Women scholarships

We are committed to increasing the number of women in global business. Thus, we offer a number of scholarships to support women looking to advance their careers. Learn more about our women's scholarships for prospective:


"Free business education boosts african economy"

April 29, 2024 | AACSB
Nick Barniville, board member of the ESMT´s Circle of Friends, explains how the Ghana1000 program equips recent African university graduates with skills in data analytics and business intelligence, fostering employability and supporting Ghana's adoption of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, with plans for significant expansion across Africa over the next five years.

"iiAfrica elevates employability of STEM graduates across Africa"

March 27, 2024 | TheGuardian
With the initiative Ghana1000, ESMT is supporting STEAM graduates by providing academic content to iiAfrica, the aim is to recruit and train at least 1000 graduates.

"Research: How women can build high-status networks"

March 20, 2024 | Harvard Business Review
Gianluca Carnabuci, professor at ESMT Berlin, researched with colleagues strategic ways to help women in the unique challenges they face in building high-status networks.