Independent foundation under German private law
IV - Think tanks, research and academic institutions
Think tanks and research institutions
Rue de la Loi 155
Mr Aart Jan De Geus
Chairman and CEO
Mr Henning vom Stein
Head of Brussels Office
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.
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
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.
|First name||Surname||Start Date||End Date|
|Horst Henning||VOM STEIN||23/09/2015||21/09/2016|
- Bundesverband Deutscher Stiftungen
- European Foundation Centre (EFC)
- European Policy Centre (EPC)
- Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)
- Friends of Europe
01/2013 - 12/2013
< 9,999 €
Lifelong learning, DG Education and Culture, European Commission
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: http://www.bertelsmann-stiftung.de/en/publications/publication/did/bertelsmann-stiftung-annual-report-2013/).
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.