Metman neighborhood. Caritas makes ten commitments to its employees in the Mettmann region. Among other things, it is about philanthropy, a culture of error, and fair working conditions.
Caritas wants to “make philanthropy tangible”. This requires employees who “are willing to participate for the sake of others and have a positive attitude toward Christian values,” according to Caritas. Central to this: “How you organize your own life is not crucial,” the association says to its current and future employees.
The statute for church service is currently changing. Because the requirements formulated here for the personal lives of workers in Caritas services and facilities “are incompatible with our Christian understanding, according to which God loves and accepts all people unconditionally and participates in the charitable Christian message,” explains Michael Esser, Caritas Board Member for the region. metman.
Therefore, Hans Werner Wolf and Michael Esser, members of the Board of Directors of the Caritas Association of the Mittmann region, signed the “Ten Statements of Staff” drawn up by the meeting of delegates of the German Caritas Association (DCV).
In The Ten Commitments, Caritas clarifies, among other things, that it is not the employees’ personal way of life that is crucial, but whether they identify with the values and how they can be experienced at work.
Caritas formulated the following ten commitments:
1. Commitment: Charity in Practice
As Caritas, we provide tangible assistance to people in need. We are guided by Jesus’ life and mission and we practice love. So we are an essential part of the church. Our charitable mission is fulfilled by all employees and they themselves experience it in our organizational culture.
2. Commitment: consistent error and culture of learning
As services and charities, we are places of the church to be seen and experienced. We make the Christian faith tangible. Under the tension between demands and their realization, we develop a constant error and learning culture. Of course, praise and criticism of church activities are also part of this.
3. Commitment: sharing or respecting the identity of the Church
All Caritas employees, regardless of their origin and religion, can be representatives of the unconditional love of God and therefore of the servant church. You are responsible for the trust that people place in Caritas. Staff share or respect the identity of the church. With us they can experience Christian attitude and ecclesiastical fellowship.
4. Commitment: Alignment with Caritas values and objectives
In our institutions, people have a job, regardless of their nationality and origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation and identity, disability and lifestyle, where they can campaign for the interests of disadvantaged people. If you leave the church, you need to talk about whether you will continue to identify with Caritas’ values and goals.
5. Commitment: fair working conditions
Caritas employees can expect fair and discretionary treatment and good working conditions in accordance with AVR. Employers and employees are obligated to negotiate fair working conditions. The third way is a promise and commitment to finding solutions in which there are neither winners nor losers, and a balance of all legitimate interests.
6. Commitment: Environmentally and Economically Sustainable
We pledge to do everything in our power to make our organization environmentally and economically sustainable, to keep jobs for as long as possible and to pay salaries on time.
7. Commitment: help in personal crises
If applicable, Caritas employees can also access Caritas services and assistance in personal crisis situations. Anonymity is also guaranteed for superiors. On request, we can also arrange other offers that are independent of your organization.
8. Commitment: Encouraging and empowering engagement with the Christian faith
We provide employees with spiritual offerings in services and facilities. We encourage and enable personal and professional engagement with the Christian faith. On request, we arrange pastoral care.
9. Promise: a purposeful workplace
We offer a “meaningful” job. As Caritas, we increase the potential of solidarity and holistic understanding in society and give hope. We fight both tangible need and its causes. We help shape policy, and work for justice locally and globally. We are open to social alliances with everyone we share goals with.
10. Commitment: There is no place for situations that are incompatible with Christian values
We guarantee that extremist, fundamentalist, anti-democratic, nationalist, xenophobic and other attitudes that are contrary to the values of the Christian faith have no place in Caritas.