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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.



  • 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.).

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Women in leadership

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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:


"Talented STEM Scholars Collaborate on Engageli"

August 3, 2022 | NewsGhana
NewsGhana reports on Engagily’s and Industry Immersion Africa's collaboration to enable STEM graduates to become industrial innovators and entrepreneurs using the competencies of ESMT Berlin.

"Pride Month: Business Schools Take Pride In Their Scholarships"

June 27, 2022 | Poets & Quants
Rebecca Loades, director of Career Accelerator programs at ESMT, discusses the reasoning behind the launch of the Rainbow Scholarship and the importance of LGBTQ+ individuals within business.

"ESMT Berlin Launches MBA Scholarship For Ukraine's Female Refugees"

May 17, 2022 | Business Because
In partnership with the BMW Group, ESMT Berlin offers women fleeing Ukraine full-tuition scholarships for the Online MBA program.