Pressemitteilungen Menschenwürde

Roland Berger Human Dignity Award 2019

The 8th Roland Berger Human Dignity Award 2019 on "Democracy in Europe in Danger?!" outlines three examples of outstanding engagement in Europe:

  • the Office of the Civil Rights Commissioner of the Republic of Poland and its leadersDr. Adam Bodnar
  • the program School without Racism - School with Courage by Aktion Courage e.V.
  • the organization #ichbinhier e.V.

The award ceremony will take place on 21.10.2019 at 19 o'clock in the Jewish Museum Berlin; Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble, President of the German Bundestag, will give the ceremonial speech.


Munich / Berlin, 03.09.2019: The founder, Prof. Dr. med. h.c. Roland Berger on this year’s Award: "„Human Dignity shall be inviolable“ says the German constitution, that celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. For eleven years, the Roland Berger Foundation has been working towards worldwide preservation of human dignity. The fact that we are dealing with inhuman hate speech and nationalists that question one of the biggest peace projects of all time - the unification of Europe - fills us with deep concern. At the same time, we are optimistic since there are many people across Europe who actively promote democracy and the rule of law, diversity and respect: courageous people who defy perilous beginnings in various ways. We are very pleased to honor three outstanding examples of this commitment."

The winners:

The Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Republic of Poland and its Director Dr. Adam Bodnar receive the Roland Berger Human Dignity Award 2019 for their outstanding commitment. Despite personal and political hostility, Mr. Bodnar and his colleagues successfully fulfill their constitutio- nally assigned role as guardian of freedom and civil liberties. Since his appointment by the Polish Parliament in 2015, Bodnar has become a strong voice of Polish civil society. In times of polarization and the rise of nationalistic tones, people like Adam Bodnar are indispensable for democracy in Europe.

The program School without Racism – School with Courage from the non-profit organisation Aktion Courage e.V. receives the Roland Berger Human Dignity Award 2019 for its sustainable fight against racism and exclusion in our schools. Since 1995, the German network supports schools that commit to actively fighting racism in their own ranks.In view of the rise of racist, extremist and antisemitic violence in our society, School without Racism – School with Courage of Aktion Courage e.V. not only makes a valuable contribution to prevention. The program also highlights the responses and strategies needed to undermine phenomena such as hate speech or cyberbullying in our schools.

The non-profit organisation #ichbinhier e.V. receives the Roland Berger Human Dignity Award 2019 for its battle against hate speech and politically motiva- ted fake news on the internet platform Facebook. Thanks to many volunteers, who speak up with their posts against hate speech and fake news, #ichbinhier has become a much noticed player in the internet. The initiative launched in 2016 invites every user to break away from the anonymous swarm of users and to advocate a fair and democratic discussion culture. #ichbinhier e.V. makes a valuable contribution against populism, racism and nationalism in social media.



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The Roland Berger Foundation is a public-law public foundation located in Munich. It was founded by Prof. Dr. h.c. Roland Berger on March 27, 2008. The Roland Berger Foundation is endowed with a foundation capital of initially 50 million euros from the personal assets of the founder and pursues two purposes. Both serve the goal of a fairer distribution of opportunities: With the Roland Berger Human Dignity Award, which is awarded on a regular basis, the Foundation honors individuals and organizations worldwide who are exemplary and successful in their efforts to protect human dignity. In addition, with the German Student Scholarship, the Foundation supports gifted children and young people with difficult starting conditions on their educational path to the A-Levels.