The Federation of German Industries (BDI), represented by Prof. Dieter Kempf, took over the Presidency of the Global Business Coalition on June 02, 2016, from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC), which had held the post since October 2013.
The Federation of German Industries (BDI) is the umbrella organization of German industries and industry-related services. It speaks for 36 trade associations and more than 100,000 enterprises with around 8 million employees. Membership is voluntary. Fifteen organizations in the federal states represent the interests of industry at the regional level. Furthermore, the BDI has offices in Beijing, Brussels, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. Industry plays an outstanding role for Germany’s prosperity. Almost a quarter of Germany’s GDP is generated by its industry. If industry-related services are included, this figure rises still further to around a third of GDP. Germany is and remains an industrial nation. Industry and industry-related services are core drivers of growth in our economy.
The BDI has the task of promoting all the joint concerns of the industries it represents. It enters into political discourse at an early stage. It raises issues, compiles differentiated views, creates a balance of interests in the alliance with its member associations and thus offers policy-makers industry positions that are coordinated and representative. The BDI offers information and economic policy consultations on all issues relevant for industry, thus granting support for enterprises engaged in global competition.
The BDI has a reputation as a center of competence for economic policy in Germany. It has a unique combination of expert knowledge. This knowledge is pooled by volunteers from the business world, committed enterprises, member associations and regional as well as international representations. This grants the BDI legitimacy as a policy advisor with a practical orientation. The credibility of the BDI is founded on non-partisan, objective and scientifically based arguments.
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