"Diversity is an asset of humanity,
it’s our richness,
and we have to use it in the best possible way."

– Fabiola Gianotti, Director-General

Our Values

Diversity, or the bringing together of people from different countries and cultures to work on a common goal, has been an integral part of CERN’s mission since its foundation. With it, we are able to achieve the incredible – pushing the frontiers of knowledge.

CERN's Diversity Policy is based on three key values: 


Appreciating differences

Leveraging the added value that comes from bringing together people of different nationalities, genders, professions, ages, as well as their individual differences, and enabling them all to contribute to their full potential.


Fostering equality

Optimising talent and performance through a leadership culture that focuses on fair treatment and rules out all forms of discrimination and bias.


Promoting collaboration

Creating an inclusive work environment based on mutual respect and exchange, in order to ensure that no one is isolated and that everyone feels encouraged to contribute and participate actively in the Organization.


25 by '25

The principle objective of the 25 by ’25 strategy is to boost the gender and nationality diversity within the employed members of the personnel (“MPE”).

The Organisation has set an aspirational target of 25% women within the MPE population by the end of 2025, with a particular focus on STEM roles.

On nationality, we are paying closer attention during the recruitment process to any existing or potential national clusters within departmental groups, while keeping a eye on underrepresented Member and Associate Member States.


Show Your Support

Our attractive and official CERN lanyard features vibrant, merging particles that celebrate the diversity of our personnel and our collaborative, inclusive workplace culture.

Pick yours up at Building 55 or from your departmental Diversity & Inclusion Officer (DIO).

Requests for multiple lanyards are handled by the CERN Stores

CERN's diversity lanyard