FSPC receives “Family AND Career” certificate

The UND organization – the Swiss center of competence for the compatibility of work and family – awarded the "Family AND Career” certificate to the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches (FSPC). This certificate can be obtained by companies and institutions that successfully implement measures promoting the compatibility of work and family life, as well as gender equality.

Caption: Daniel Huber, Director of UND, hands over the “Family AND Career” certificate to Gottfried Locher, Council President of the FSPC, and Hella Hoppe, FSPC Director of Coordination with Federal Authorities and Gender Equality Officer - Photo credit: Pia Neuenschwander

“The FSPC already reached the 300 points required for receiving the certificate in the initial evaluation phase,” Headquarters Director Philippe Woodtli announced happily during the award event, which took place Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at the FSPC Head Office in Berne.  “We will not rest on our laurels, though – quite the opposite, in fact: This success motivates us to implement the measures developed in cooperation with UND.”

The UND Center particularly praised the flexible working hours that promote the compatibility of life and work.

 “Within the FSPC, there is a lot of competence and sensitivity for this subject. There is a lot of awareness for the needs of employees. You can be proud of that, it’s not something that can be taken for granted,” said Daniel Huber, Director of UND. In their evaluation, UND commends the FSPC for implementing numerous good practices, but criticizes the fact that these practices are not always set down in writing. Accordingly, the FSPC will develop a mission statement.

After the Reformed Churches of Bern-Jura-Solothurn and the Evangelical Reformed Church of St. Gallen, the FSPC is the third Reformed institution in Switzerland receiving the “Family AND Career” certificate. “We are happy to do our part in setting off a trend,” Council President Gottfried Locher declared, adding: “On this occasion, I would like to draw attention to the fact that the Federal Office for Gender Equality (FOGE/EBG) supports projects promoting equality at work. On behalf of the FSPC, I want to thank the FOGE for the financial support that went towards earning the UND certificate.”

The certification process within the FSPC was launched in the summer of 2013. Like all companies and institutions intending to obtain the “Family AND Career” certificate, the FSPC first was subjected to a status quo analysis by UND. On the basis of the evaluation results, the candidates pledge to implement improvement measures in a second phase. Some candidates – such as the FSPC – already reach the number of points required for the certificate during the evaluation phase, while others only do so after implementing the measures developed in cooperation with UND. To guarantee the sustainability of good practices, another analysis is conducted after three years.

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So far, 32 employers in Switzerland have received the UND certificate, including the Administration of the Canton of Bern, insurance companies Axa Winterthur and Sympany, the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training, the SUVA and the Federal Office of Communications.