The audit berufundfamilie® developed on the initiative of and on behalf of the nonprofit Hertie Foundation is a tool used to promote family-conscious personnel policy. The certificates for the audit berufundfamilie® have first been granted to private-sector enterprises and nonprofit organizations. Since 2001, universities can also earn these certificates, under the title audit familiengerechte hochschule® (Family-Friendly Higher Education Audit). Since 2004, the audit familiengerechte hochschule has been under the patronage of the Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth and the Federal Minister of Economics and Technology.
It is a central concern of Freie Universität by means of a family friendly personnel policy and university structure to ensure that members of the faculty and staff are better able to balance their jobs and academic pursuits with family needs and that students with children can balance their studies and home life.
In the spring of 2007, Freie Universität developed its concept of family-conscious higher education policy. As a result, Freie Universität received the basic “familiengerechte Hochschule” (Family-Friendly Higher Education) certificate on June 18, 2007. The university was re-certified in 2010 and 2014.