The CC has a high level of expertise in the field of participation in working life, analyses key issues in the context and provides them for different target groups in a practical way.
Its mission is to promote participation and inclusion in economic and social policies.
As part of the scientific community, the CC is networked nationally and internationally and is in regular exchange with key stakeholders from civil society, business and politics.
Surveys and usability tests with target groups (employers, employees with disabilities or chronic illnesses, consulting institutions) are also part of the activities and incorporated into the studies, publications and information offered by the CC.
The CC sees the economic potential of equal participation of all people, raises awareness of barrier-free access to information, communication and digitization, and consistently considers the topic of participation in working life in its offers and research projects.
With the increasing shortage of skilled labour against the backdrop of demographic change and the changing demands on employees in the context of digitalisation, decarbonisation and de-globalisation, it is becoming increasingly important for Germany and Europe that the working population achieves the highest possible level of qualification.
While the citizenship says little about the state of integration of adults, it is a good indicator of a recent migration history in the case of children.
Works councils receive strong backing from the workforces they represent. Nevertheless, the drop in turnout reported in the IW Works Council Election Survey 2022 suggests that this support is declining.
The organisation of all-day care for primary school children varies greatly from region to region in Germany. In most of the eastern German states it takes place mainly in after-school care centres, which are part of the child and youth welfare services, whereas in North Rhine-Westphalia these functions are taken over by the open all-day schools.
The demographic transition is expected to leave Germany with a serious shortage of skilled workers. To alleviate this bottleneck, more young people from abroad should be trained at German universities and offered the prospect of long-term residence.