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Bertelsmann Stiftung

Identification number in the register: 13571025706-27
Registration date: 20/04/2011 17:30:04

The information on this entity was last modified on: 20/05/2015 14:04:42
The date of the last annual update was: 30/03/2015 13:04:26
Next update due latest on: 30/03/2016

    Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Bertelsmann Stiftung

Independent foundation under German private law

    Section of registration

IV - Think tanks, research and academic institutions

Think tanks and research institutions

    Contact details

Carl-Bertelsmann-Straße 256
Gütersloh 33311

(+49) 52418181122

Rue de la Loi 155
Résidence Palace
Brussels 1040

(+32) 22802830

    Person with legal responsibility

Mr  Aart Jan De Geus

Chairman and CEO

    Person in charge of EU relations

Mr  Henning vom Stein

Head of Brussels Office

    Goals / remit

The Bertelsmann Stiftung ist both a think tank and an agent of social change. As a private operating foundation, our primary goal is to make a meaningful and enduring contribution to society. We focus our activities on projects that can decisively influence society's long-term viability.
We focus on areas where we have built compelling expertise through years of experience. We work towards improved education, a just and efficient economic system, a preventative healthcare system, a vibrant civil society and better international understanding.
The Bertelsmann Stiftung is independent and non-partisan. We design, launch and run our own projects. As a learning organisation, we aspire to excellence. As an independent driver of reform, we aim to break down barriers that hinder social progress.

  • European
  • global
  • national
  • regional/local

    Specific activities covered by the Register

Education and professional training, labour market and social policies, migration, internal market, European Neighbourhood Policy, Economic and Monetary Union, Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership




Expert Group on Economic Migration




    Number of persons involved in the activities described in the box above

25%: 3



As a registered non-profit organisation and privately financed operational foundation the Bertelsmann Stiftung is committed to promoting public welfare. Being non-partisan and independent it does not represent any commercial interests or interest groups. Accordingly, the Bertelsmann Stiftung does not allocate funds for lobbying activities. Nevertheless, the Brussels office of the Bertelsmann Stiftung regularly seeks contact with representatives and policymakers from the European Parliament and the European Commission to disseminate EU relevant results of the foundation's project work and to increase their social impact.

    Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

First name Surname Start Date End Date
Horst Henning VOM STEIN 23/09/2015 21/09/2016

    Fields of interest

  • Budget
  • Competition
  • Culture
  • Development
  • Economic and Financial Affairs
  • Education
  • Employment and Social Affairs
  • Enlargement
  • External Relations
  • Foreign and Security Policy and Defence
  • General and Institutional Affairs
  • Home Affairs
  • Information Society
  • Internal Market
  • Justice and Fundamental Rights
  • Public Health
  • Regional Policy
  • Trade
  • Youth

    Membership and affiliation



- Bundesverband Deutscher Stiftungen
- European Foundation Centre (EFC)
- European Policy Centre (EPC)
- Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)
- Friends of Europe

    Financial data

01/2013  -  12/2013

< 9,999 €

136,162,602 €

863,776 €

97,140 €

Lifelong learning, DG Education and Culture, European Commission


399,083 €

367,553 €

135,298,826 €

113,778,882 €

1,994,958 €

18,279,995 €

1,244,991 €

In 1977 the Bertelsmann Stiftung was established by its founder Reinhard Mohn who endowed the foundation with the majority shareholding in the Bertelsmann AG. The bulk of the project work of the Bertelsmann Stiftung is financed from that gift. The Bertelsmann Stiftung does not have any members paying membership fees.

Concerning our structure there exist two judicially independent foundations in the United States (Bertelsmann Foundation in Washington D.C.) and Spain (Fundación Bertelsmann in Barcelona)which are largely financed by the German Bertelsmann Stiftung. The status of our Brussels office as "centre d'opération" according to Belgian law was published in the offical Gazette. The Brussels office is registered under the Belgian VAT number BE 0824208109.

More detailed information about the funding and the expenditures of the Bertelsmann Stiftung is available in the foundation's annual reports (download of the 2013 report under:

    Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.

The organisation has also declared to be bound to the following other Code:
We believe part of our responsibility is to use our resources in an effective and non-self-serving manner. We are therefore guided in our efforts by the "Principles of Good Practice for Foundations" laid out by the Association of German Foundations.