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Office of the Initiative New Quality of Work (INQA)

Secure the future, shape work

Attractive working conditions as well as a modern, employee-oriented corporate culture are now more than ever a key to innovative and economically successful companies and form the basis for securing skilled labour in Germany. Since 2002, the Initiative New Quality of Work (INQA) has been committed to this goal. INQA was launched by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS).

The Federal Government, the federal states and leading municipal associations, employers' associations and chambers, trade unions, companies, the Federal Employment Agency as well as social insurance funds and foundations are jointly involved in this initiative. They collaborate on ideas, guidelines and instruments that strengthen the quality of work in Germany in the fields of leadership, equality of opportunity & diversity, health and knowledge & competence.

As an independent network, INQA provides consulting and information services for companies and administrations as well as a wide range of exchange opportunities in numerous - also regional - business and branch networks. With just a few clicks on www.inqa.de, users can find out what the initiative stands for. The website offers current information, guidelines, tools, event notes and a database with examples from companies‘ practice. More than 180 publications of INQA can be downloaded or ordered. In addition, the website also provides information on project funding and current projects.

The Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) has supported the Initiative New Quality of Work right from the start. BAuA specialist groups are involved in the tendering and selection of projects and are responsible for them professionally, as far as they fall within their area of competence. BAuA also accompanies the INQA network work and the existing expert networks in their fields of competence. An important role is played by the INQA office, which is also located in BAuA from the very beginning.

Unit 1.3 of BAuA serves as the INQA office and supports the BMAS with regard to content and focus of the Initiative New Quality of Work. It is in charge of the "good practice" department and is responsible for preparing information for the initiative's website. In addition, the office controls the publishing services for INQA (editing, proofreading, production and distribution of publications) as well as the presentation of the initiative at trade fairs and events.