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Profile of registrant

Bertelsmann Stiftung

Identification number in the register: 13571025706-27
Registration date: 20/04/11 17:30:04

The information on this organisation was last modified on 06/10/14 11:47:06
The date of the last annual update was 25/03/14 13:27:13

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: Bertelsmann Stiftung
Legal status: Independent foundation under German private law
Website address:


Section: IV - Think tanks, research and academic institutions
and more precisely: Think tanks and research institutions

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Wilhelm-Friedrich Uhr
Position: Senior Vice President Corporate Operations

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mr  Henning vom Stein
Position: Head of Brussels Office

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 256 Carl-Bertelsmann-Straße 
Gütersloh 33311
Telephone number: (+49) 52418181122
Fax number: (+) 
Other contact information: Brussels Office of the Bertelsmann Stiftung
Résidence Palace (7th floor)
Rue de la Loi 155
1040 Brussels
Phone: +32 2 280 2830

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: 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.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • sub-national
  • national
  • European
  • global

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 1
Complementary information: 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

No accredited persons


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:


Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Budget
  • Competition
  • Culture
  • Development
  • Economic and Financial Affairs
  • Education
  • Employment and Social Affairs
  • Environment
  • External Relations
  • General and Institutional Affairs
  • Home Affairs
  • Information Society
  • Internal Market
  • Justice and Fundamental Rights
  • Public Health
  • Taxation
  • Trade
  • Youth


Total number of members that are natural persons: 0
Number of member organisations: 0
Member organisations (Number of members) :
The organisation has members/is represented in the following country(countries):

Complementary information:


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

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

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2013 - 12/2013
Total budget: 135,327,600
of which public financing:
- from European sources:
- Procurement:
- Grants:
- from national sources:
- from local/regional sources:
from other sources: 135,327,600
- donations: 2,488,900
- contributions from members:
Erträge aus Vermögensverwaltung : 18,280,000
Sonstige Erträge : 779,800
Erträge aus Beteiligungen : 113,778,900
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: < 50000  €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

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.